Women In STEM: The Douglass Project

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math


Women who pursue undergraduate degrees and professional careers in mathematics, science, engineering and technology are poised to change the world. And, we’re rare. We make up only about a quarter of this broad group of disciplines.

As a society, we can debate why this happens and what it means. As a college dedicated to women’s success, Douglass Residential College steps in to support women as they choose, study, and succeed in these rewarding and growing fields.

We have the experience. We started the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science & Engineering in 1986, an award-winning program that provides specialized programs for undergraduate women pursuing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Since the initial adoption of the Douglass Project, we have expanded the program to include a wide number of initiatives intended to support the needs of women STEM students. Project SUPER (Science for Undergraduates: A Program for Excellence in Research) is a STEM-focused program that provides students with a research stipend that funds summer research, an intensive introduction to scientific research course, STEM travel grants, and academic and career support. We offer our unique STEM Living-Learning Community program to give students the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in STEM fields. Communities include: the Douglass-SAS-DIMACS Computer Science Living-Learning Community, the Reilly Douglass Engineering Living-Learning Community, and the Bunting-Cobb for Women in STEM Living-Learning Community.

The Douglass Project features additional programs designed to enhance academic, professional, and personal development, many of which offer stipends, industry internships, or networking opportunities. Most of our programs are open to any Rutgers woman because, ultimately, we want to increase participation of Rutgers women in STEM.