EMBER is a research experience with a 1-credit class component. That course includes a mini-research module designed to expose students to research in computing. 

Faculty at both MHC and UMass CICS will provide content and leadership during the mentored research experience with a UMass lab (e.g., a 4-week apprenticeship with a Ph.D. student on a topic planned and presented by a faculty member). 

To increase equity and combat imposter syndrome and stereotype threat, the workshop will contain other forms of training besides direct experience in research. The CICS UMass offices providing support and leadership for those parts of the workshop include: 

Erika Dawson-Head, Director of Diversity and Inclusive Community Development

Brian Krusell, Director of Career Services 

Justin Obara, Director of the CICS Writing Center

An overarching goal for this experience is to make research opportunities available and accessible to students from populations under-represented in computing. This program will provide students with: 

  • increased knowledge and confidence in research environments. 
  • the knowledge and practice necessary to apply to PhD research positions.
  • an increased awareness of pathways to long-term careers in computing based research.
  • exposure to research areas and different applications of computing. 
  • a basic understanding of research methods in computer science, including practice in how to approach and frame a research question, how to move from a research question to designing a project, and how to interpret results, including failure as a necessary part of the research process.