The Einstein Enrichment Program (EEP), which serves high-achieving Bronx middle and high school students, has received the 2023 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.
The award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Albert Einstein College of Medicine was one of 80 institutions from across the nation chosen for the honor this year. Winners were selected based on efforts to inspire and encourage young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.
EEP, which launched in 1988, serves students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields or who are economically disadvantaged. The program is supported on an annual basis primarily by the New York State Education Department’s Science and Technology Entry Program, with Einstein contributing some of the funding. This year’s EEP has 77 participants.
Lynne M. Holden, MD, Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Montefiore Einstein, and Professor, Emergency Medicine, and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, whose office oversees EEP and other pathway programs at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, says the initiatives are essential for helping to ensure the diversity of the future physician and scientist workforce. “These programs introduce young people who are underrepresented in science and medicine to health careers and enhance their ability to apply to and matriculate into medical school,” she says.