Established in 1986, the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science & Engineering is an award-winning program that provides support and encouragement for undergraduate women pursuing degrees and careers in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology. The program's ultimate goal is to increase the participation of Rutgers women in STEM. The Douglass Project provides women in the STEM-related fields with personal, professional, and leadership development opportunities and provides support systems that encourage women to recognize their abilities, attain their educational goals, and ultimately pursue careers in the STEM fields.
Beginning with a three-year grant from the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, the Douglass Project proposed to provide support programs for women taking math, biology, chemistry, and physics courses necessary for a math or science major. Original goals of the program included developing a network of support for female undergraduate students who were interested in math and science at Rutgers-New Brunswick and creating co-curricular programs to increase confidence of these students. Specific programs were organized where students could meet other young women interested in math and science majors and see that they were not alone in their endeavors.
Thirty years later, the Douglass Project continues to offer signature programs of support for women in science throughout Rutgers University. Our current initiatives include the Bunting-Cobb Residence Hall for Women in Science (the first of its kind in the nation), a first-year research course and hands-on experience for undergraduate students called Project SUPER (Science for Undergraduates a Program for Excellence in Research), a School of Engineering & Douglass Living Learning Community for women, an industry mentoring program for women in science in collaboration with the Colgate-Palmolive Corporation, an outreach program developed with Rutgers' DIMACS Institute for women in computer science, and additional programs constantly in development. Each year the Douglass Project holds over 30 events and workshops that assist participants in enhancing their academic, career/professional and personal development. Nearly 600 students have taken our Introduction to Scientific Research course and approximately 900 students have participated in summer research opportunities offered through Douglass Residential College.
Douglass Project programs and initiatives have been supported in part by the following corporations and foundations
- Colgate-Palmolive Company
- Engineering Information Foundation
- Goldman Sachs
- Lockheed Martin
- National Science Foundation
- PSEG Foundation
- Ross Foundation
- United Parcel Service
- William Hearst Foundation
In addition to our corporate and foundation sponsors, the Douglass Project is also supported by many generous Douglass alumnae and friends of Douglass.