Carnegie Mellon University

Diversity in the Mellon College of Science

The Mellon College of Science works actively to build a diverse community of scientists and mathematicians committed to breaking new ground in education and research and bringing a wide range of perspectives to these core missions. We seek to build an inclusive and diverse community both to prepare our students to work in a diverse, global community and to promote creative problem solving and innovation at all levels.

Numerous MCS faculty and students have initiated projects that demonstrate this broad commitment to these goals. For example:

  • Curriculum. All MCS students will complete one course in global and cultural understanding as part of the MCS Core Education requirements as of Fall 2017
  • Faculty. The MCS policy on faculty searches requires search committee members to develop understanding of implicit bias and accountability to the Dean at key points in the search process. MCS also provides a web site with resources and guidance to support this effort. Questions can be directed to William Alba (, Assistant Dean for Diversity.
  • Graduate recruiting. Departments recruit underrepresented minority Ph.D. students at conferences like the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and the National Organization for the Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) and through research collaborations with colleagues at minority-serving institutions. The Associate Dean for Special Projects is available to advise on departmental and individual faculty and student efforts in recruiting and retaining diverse students.
  • Student organizations. Undergraduate-focused student organizations such as Women in Science, the COMPASS peer mentoring group, and MAPS for pre-health students provide supportive group interactions for students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in science. These organizations encourage share experiences with peers and meet with potential role models about different career paths. MCS students also participate in leading Colors@CMU to promote meaningful dialogues and interactions across cultures as well as participate in numerous multicultural student organizations.
  • K-12 Outreach. Innovative faculty-led outreach programs create opportunities for K-12 students to gain experience in hands-on science such as the Physics Concepts Program with local middle school students, and CNAST’s DNAZone programs for K-12 students, and a variety of activities in Biological Sciences. Newell Washburn’s online TutorNet provides assistance to help students in high school science and mathematics.
  • Teaching development. MCS offers occasional workshops for faculty and TAs, through collaboration with the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, about approaches to teaching, advising and mentoring that are welcoming and effective for students from a wide range of life experiences and backgrounds.