Dow Partnership

The ACCESS program, initiated in 2009, is a weekend of workshops, talks, tours and interaction created for select underrepresented minority undergraduates in the U.S. The purpose of the program is to introduce students to the exciting possibilities of graduate-level education in chemical engineering, materials science, and chemistry and is based on Dow Chemical Company's highly successful BEST program, which offers a similar experience for graduate students wishing to explore industrial careers in science and engineering. A recent Dow Outreach gift has allowed expansion of the program from the original Department of Chemical Engineering program, to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Department of Chemistry. http://www.dow.com/

For more information, go to http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/dow-collaboration.html

From left to right: Timothy M. Swager, John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry; Klavs F. Jensen, professor of materials science and engineering, Warren K. Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering; Theresa Kotanchek, vice president, sustainable technologies and innovation sourcing,The Dow Chemical Company; Cecilia D'Oliveira, executive director of MIT OpenCourseWare; Sylvia T. Ceyer, J. C. Sheehan Professor of Chemistry and head of the Department of Chemistry; Catherine Hunt, director, innovation sourcing and sustainable technology, The Dow Chemical Company; and Edwin L. Thomas, Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Photo: Donna Coveney

"The ACCESS program helped me decide what my future could be. After visiting, I realized that I can see myself attending graduate school in the future. The myths that deterred me from wanting to go to graduate school at all were answered. The program provided access to information that truly impacted my future."
Ryan Pazdera