Diversity in STEM

The Gutierrez group has established several initiatives aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and women in STEM fields by integrating education, research, and outreach in collaboration with Prince George’s Community College and the Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE). 

The Alliance for Diversity of Chemistry and Engineering local chapter (PI is faculty sponsor and founder) at the University of Maryland College Park (ADSE @UMD) was established in Spring 2017.

The chapter is involved in:

1) Hosting a research-diversity speaker series 

2) Involved in educational outreach activities in surrounding Prince George's Community College

3) Creating professional development workshops.  

Photos from our FIRST ADSE@UMD Research-Diversity Speaker Series on May 25, 2017 with invited speaker: Prof. Rebeka Klausen from John Hopkins University (link). 

Upcoming events:

  • September 16, 2017, ADSE YRC Conference at Edward St. John's Center (University of Maryland College Park). FLYER LINK.

  • February 8, 2018, 2nd ADSE Research-Diversity Speaker Series featuring Prof. Luis Campos from Columbia University (research page link)

News: We welcome Alessandra Zimmermann as new ADSE@UMD president! We thank Wes Lee (former president) for all the contributions and efforts to establishing the ADSE chapter.

We have established a new partnership with surrounding Prince George's Community College (PGCC) to 1) increase research opportunities to community college students, 2) provide professional development to PGCC faculty, and 3) modernize organic chemistry education by implementing computational modules in undergraduate education.


Specifically, in collaboration with Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) organic chemistry faculty (Prof. Nadene R Houser-Archield and Prof. Reyniak A Richards), we are: (a) implement new computational modules into introductory organic chemistry courses at the University of Maryland and PGCC; (b) organizing a 2-day workshop for PGCC and surrounding community college instructors designed to introduce principles of computational organic chemistry, provide basic training in computational software, and distribute and implement free-of-charge computational software for the undergraduate organic curriculum; and (c) make all modules and tutorials available on-line for distribution to other community colleges (check website for updates).   

Photo from our group meeting (Prof. Nadene R. Houser-Archield working on organic chemistry mechanisms with PGCC summer research student during Gutierrez group meeting)

News: 06/17 We welcome new PGCC-UMD summer students Ashley Henriquez and Christopher Acha!

As part (PI is president of organizational leadership, board member, and organizer) of the Alliance for Diversity in Chemistry and Engineering (ADSE:, a non-profit organization aims to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM.


ADSE's 5th Annual YRC 2018: We are pleased to announce another successful YRC at the University of Maryland! This year, we had over 80 attendees from over 15 institutions including Boston College, Bowie State University, Drexel University, George Mason University, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery College, National Institutes of Health, Prince George’s Community College, Temple University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research! Thank you for attending! This year, we were pleased to have keynote lectures from Prof. Rigoberto Hernandez (John Hopkins: Group Link) and from young faculty from Prof. Seena Ajit (Drexel:Group Link), Prof. Christina Woo (Harvard:Group Link)),  and Prof. Gloria Washington (Howard: Group Link). In addition, we had a special lunch session by Prof. Pratyush Tiwary (UMD, Group Link) in which students learned the basics of data analysis and hands-on basics on Python coding!  





















Upcoming Conference: The speaker lineup for the Biannual YRC conference (Septemeber 28, 2018) is set! We thank the National Science Foundation, UMD's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and UMD's College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences for financial support for this event!   Click here for LINK

We organized the 3rd Young Researchers Conference (YRC) at the University of Maryland College Park on September 16, 2017. Click FLYER LINK for the agenda.  


This year, we had a keynote lecture (Daniela Buccella, Assistant Professor of Chemistry from NYU) and a near-peer presentation (Efrain Rodriguez, Assistant Professor from UMD), and research presentation by Dr. Salvador Muñuz (postdoc at Neidig's group from the University of Rochester).  In addition, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students had the opportunity to: 

· Present oral and/or poster presentations.

· Learn about non-traditional STEM careers

· Network with other students and faculty

· Learn how more about the interview process (for graduate school, postdoctoral research positions, and for academic and industry positions)

Previously, we organized the 1st and 2nd YRC events at UCLA (2016) and UC Davis (2017). We hope to make this event a success for years to come!

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News: 09/17 We have over 100 students from more than 20 institutions registered for the event! 


See News Highlight in The Graduate School Diversity Soup! Link: