Professor Yumi Ijiri with STRONG Scholar Wesley Patterson in her lab.
Professor Yumi Ijiri with STRONG Scholar Wesley Patterson in her lab. Photo credit: Jennifer Manna

Research and innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) provide enormous contributions to our understanding of the world and offer advancements in health, technology, interactions with the environment, etc. However, some identities are drastically underrepresented in STEM at the undergraduate stage and beyond. This dearth in diversity impedes the advancement of scientific knowledge and contributes to disparities and injustices in the population. The STRONG program (Science and Technology Research Opportunities for a New Generation) represents Oberlin College’s commitment to increasing the diversity of the STEM workforce. The STRONG program is intended for talented students from underrepresented backgrounds with a clear dedication to STEM. STRONG scholars will participate in a specialized first-year experience designed to help them adapt to college and thrive in their STEM journey at Oberlin and beyond. Key components of this first-year experience are early research opportunities, close mentoring from STEM faculty and staff, community building amongst other STRONG scholars, and academic skill-building pertinent to STEM courses.