Students at Gala

Diversity Programs

Diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence play a central role in our college’s core mission to prepare our students to live, work, and lead in a global environment. The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ broad and multifaceted diversity efforts are inclusive of nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, veteran status, socio economic status, first generation to college status, and religion and apply to students, faculty, staff.

We aim to provide all students with a world-class education. By fostering an environment that values diversity, we hope to help all students find their place in our college. We highly recommend these important references for our students:

If you have questions about any diversity-related initiative in the college, please contact the EMS Office of the Associate Dean for Educational Equity.

Pre-College and Research Programs

  • Upward Bound Math and Science — The Summer Experiences in Earth and Mineral Sciences (SEEMS) is a program where the College hosts approx. 50 high school students from urban areas. The students are then split up and placed in research groups, supervised by faculty and graduate students. In addition to the research they perform, they take academic classes to help prepare them for college matriculation.
  • Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) — The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is an eight-week research program designed to interest talented undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in academic careers and to enhance their preparation for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors. In addition to the research experience, the program includes professional development workshops, seminars, field trips, and social activities.

Undergraduate Research Experiences

  • WISER/MURE/FURP — is a one-year research experience program offering students the opportunity to collaborate with a research team, learn the language of research and use high-tech equipment.
    WISER: Women in Science and Engineering Research is available to first-year women students; MURE: Minority Undergraduate Research Experience is available to underrepresented minority first-year students, sophomores, or juniors (African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander); FURP: Freshman Undergraduate Research Program is available to all first-year students; those with economic hardship are encouraged to apply.

Student Organizations for Underrepresented Students

Here is a small sampling of some of the student organizations our students have been involved with during their time at Penn State. Penn State has many more student organizations, which you can browse through in the student organization directory.

Campus Resources for Underrepresented Students

Getting Help or Assistance

Penn State offers numerous resources specifically for underrepresented students seeking assistance with a variety of concerns. We also encourage you to contact staff in our Office for the Associate Dean for Educational Equity, who can work with you and may be able to point you to additional resources.

Contact Us

Diversity among students and faculty is a top priority for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Office of Educational Equity takes an active role in promoting respect and embracing diversity in the college. Contact Ed Equity staff.