Columbia Engineering and Amazon Launch Undergraduate Program to Increase Diversity in Tech

Editor's note:

The following is an excerpt from an article that appeared on Columbia Engineering on January 21, 2021.

January 27, 2021

Columbia Engineering and Amazon today announced their initiative to create the Columbia-Amazon Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program aimed at increasing diversity and inclusiveness in technology fields. The eight-week summer research and professional development program is designed for 30 undergraduate students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in all fields in STEM. Amazon has committed $324,000, with matching support from the School, for SURE, which is tentatively scheduled for June 28 to August 20, 2021.

“We are very pleased to join together with Amazon on launching such an important educational program. Expanding diversity and inclusion in science and engineering is critical to our mission of educating the leaders and innovators of the future, and also pioneering engineering innovations to meet societal challenges,” said Mary C. Boyce, dean of Columbia Engineering.

“The Columbia-Amazon Summer Undergraduate Research Experience will extend our vision, Engineering for Humanity, to a wider and more broadly diverse group of undergraduate students and is emblematic of the importance of university-industry partnerships in developing talent and delivering much-needed solutions to society’s grand challenges,” said Shih-Fu Chang, senior executive vice dean of Columbia Engineering and inaugural director of Columbia Center of Artificial Intelligence Technology in collaboration with Amazon.

Read the full article on the Columbia Engineering website.