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Northeastern University Programs in Multicultural Engineering (NUPRIME) and Women in Engineering Program are committed to cultivating and supporting diversity and academic excellence at Northeastern University. For over 40 years, the college has been committed to helping women and historically under-represented students fulfill their potential, academically and professionally. These programs support the following student organizations: Society for Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.


Summer Bridge (SB) Program – More than 340 incoming underrepresented, freshmen engineering students to date have participated in the Summer Bridge Program, with a 90%-plus retention rate, since being instituted in 2002. The program is run as a one-week residential program. It provides a preview of physics, chemistry, calculus, biology, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, geotechnical earthquake simulation. A site visit to a corporate co-op partner, in addition to visiting national research labs like MIT Lincoln Laboratories and Draper Laboratory are embedded. The program creates an incoming URM STEM cohort. The program is hosted by NSBE, SHPE, SWE chapters, who also provide Peer Mentoring and SB Alumni support. The College of Engineering has formally institutionalized the SB Program.

Northeast LSAMP (NELSAMP) – Northeastern University is an alliance member of the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program.  The Alliance includes: Northeastern University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Rhode Island, UMass-Amherst, UConn, Tufts.   NELSAMP supports underreprestented STEM students by hosting an Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium at NU, provide mentorship to URM students for STEM graduate studies through Bridge-to-the-Doctorate Programs, where students have pursued graduate studies (MS & PhD,  and also developed undergraduate  international research experiences (e.g. NorthWest University in South Africa and University of Bordeaux in France).

Women in Engineering — Women in Engineering connects bright, motivated women interested in science and math with mentors, tutors, career advice, financial aid, and other women in engineering. This program hosts Women in Engineering Day, and  The Connections Program which offers a variety of activities aimed at career preparation in science and engineering.

Annual GEM Conference – In 2005, COE led the effort to have NU join the National GEM Consortium. Northeastern has successfully utilized the GEM Database to recruit URM GEM Fellows into the College of Engineering, College of Computer Science and College of Science.As a founding member of the Massachusetts Consortium of STEM Programs (MC-STEMP: Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Tufts, UMass-Amherst, Worcester Polytechnic Institute), NU also hosts an Annual Regional GEM Conference for past 10 years.

Global Diversity & Perspectives Workshops – An interactive workshop is provided annually regarding global diversity and perspectives, to all incoming engineering freshmen (more than 650 annually).  The workshops focus is on the relevance of diversity and development of cultural competencies in each class section of ‘Introduction to Engineering’ GE1000 Course.