Opportunity: Giving Access to All Students

In this episode, Dr. Michael Summers shares how positive mentoring experiences led him to his current position, how he worked to provide access and opportunity through the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, and what he’s doing to help other universities implement programs and practices to support marginalized students through academia and beyond into their STEMM careers.

Research shows that even if marginalized students earn bachelor's degrees, they’re still less likely to receive mentoring or be retained in STEMM careers. Chemistry professor Dr. Michael Summers found himself in a position to provide effective mentoring to his students from marginalized backgrounds to guide them both in the classroom and beyond. 

In this episode, Dr. Michael Summers shares how positive mentoring experiences led him to his current position, how he worked to provide access and opportunity through the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, and what he’s doing to help other universities implement programs and practices to support marginalized students through academia and beyond into their STEMM careers.  

Dr. Summers is a chemistry professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County who studies the nuclear magnetic resonance of proteins. He has led efforts to develop programs for retaining marginalized students in the sciences. In 2000, he received the Presidential Award for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. In 2016, Dr. Summers was elected into the National Academy of Sciences.

To learn more about the Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM report, and for a guide to implementing best practices at your institution, visit NAS.edu/mentoring

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