Commitment to STEM

Massachusetts STEM Week
October 22-26, 2018 | #massstemweek
Learn more about STEM week initiatives.

Building a Robust and Diverse Workforce Pipeline

In an effort to boost students’ interest and raise awareness of STEM education, the Baker-Polito Administration has declared a statewide STEM Week from October 22-26, 2018. Educators at all grade levels are participating with planned lessons, events, and activities focused on science, technology, engineering, and math throughout the week.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is dedicated to supporting the development of the life sciences in Massachusetts, home to the most verdant and productive life sciences ecosystem in the world. A central piece of fulfilling that commitment is investing in the next generation of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.  The MLSC is proud to be an official “Mass STEM Week Partner,” a member of the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, and a lead sponsor of the Massachusetts STEM Summit.

The MLSC’s investment in building a robust and diverse workforce pipeline includes:

$16.5 million awarded to 170 high schools and middle schools


New Bedford High School’s state-of-the-art Biotech Lab and Biotechnology Training Program, was made possible by a $110,000 MLSC grant. The new lab is furnished with the latest biotechnology apparatus, equipment, tools and supplies required of experimental protocols used by real-world scientists. Learn more about the STEM Equipment and Supplies program.

100+ paid internships yearly and pre-internship lab training programs for high school students from underserved communities.

“The High School Apprenticeship Challenge made it possible for us to place 18 students at high-quality, paid STEM internships at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Without MLSC, this simply would not have happened. MLSC made the partnership between my organization, UMass, and the students possible. With MLSC support, UMass increased their number of places over 500 percent in a year. This kind of support is what will move the needle on STEM education and preparation for high-quality STEM careers in the Commonwealth.”

– Matt Rigney, Alternative Youth Programs Director, Collaborative for Educational Services
Learn more about the High School Apprenticeship Challenge.

Grants to colleges and economically disadvantaged high schools to renovate/construct labs and purchase state-of-the-art STEM equipment


The MLSC awarded Roxbury Community College $3 million in 2015 to build additional science labs and renovate existing lab space to foster innovation and undergraduate student research. The funding has uniquely positioned the college to fill the need for a diverse, well-trained, and local life sciences workforce.

Nearly 3,800 internships with 750 companies for college and university students.

“The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s Internship Challenge is one of the best programs to support workforce development and early stage life and health sciences companies.  At MBI, our companies utilize the program to train students in the field with the hope of hiring them after graduation.  The win-win program provides early stage companies with needed operating capital and students with direct work experience.”

-Jon Weaver, Chief Operating Officer, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives
Learn more about the Internship Challenge

$28 million awarded to 16 two-year/community colleges


The MLSC awarded $5.8 million in funding to Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) to enhance the life science programming at QCC, and more fully equip the college’s Life sciences labs in Southbridge and the downtown Worcester location. Additionally, MLSC funding enhanced the school’s life sciences training facilities, including furnishing and equipping specialized labs in QCC’s 30,000 square-foot QuEST Center (Quinsigamond Engineering, Science and Technology Center) located on its main campus in Worcester. These labs support biotechnology, biology and chemistry career and transfer programs.

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