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Diversity in STEM Corporate Partners Program

In fall 2021, the college launched a new program to provide underrepresented students with opportunities to make the most of their degree experience and pursue STEM careers through meaningful interactions with corporate partners—including GlaxoSmithKline and Corning. Our corporate partners in turn have gained exposure to the college’s more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students, been able to form strategic relationships in environments conducive to networking and recruitment, and had the chance to showcase themselves as industry leaders.

“We are excited to have GSK and Corning as our corporate partners for the Diversity in STEM initiative. This partnership allows Eberly students to develop meaningful relationships in industry and learn about unique employment opportunities at their respective companies,” said Kristin Finch, associate dean for diversity and inclusion.

As part of this program, the college sponsored three events in 2021:

Finch and students at table with projected zoom screen

Reverse Career Fair (September 21)

Students gathered in Ritenour Building to put their own talents and skills on display for representatives from Corning and GSK, who also had the opportunity to interact with various diversity-focused student organizations from the college.

Photo credit: Mike Fleck

Black student presents poster at undergrad expo

Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition (October 7)

Organized and run by Emily Bell, coordinator of undergraduate research for the Eberly college’s Office of Science Engagement, in conjunction with the college’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the exhibition featured approximately 40 student participants, from whom 10 winners were chosen in three categories.

Photo credit: Nate Follmer

students watch presenters

Corporate Diversity Conversation (November 10)

Meaningful interactions and cultures in the workplace, this event included discussions led by representatives from GSK’s and Corning’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), providing students with information about their companies, their companies’ ERG focus, and the importance of these groups within corporations.

Photo credit: Brenda Lucas