Ms. Shreelekha Girish is the Site Coordinator for the Urban Massachusetts Louis Stroke Alliance for Minority Participation (UMLSAMP) Grant at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Ms. Girish received her graduate degree in Higher Education Administration from Merrimack College where she served as an assistant advising fellow for international students. As Coordinator for UMLSAMP Grant, she has advanced the alliance through innovative recruitment initiatives such as presenting at Freshman, Transfer and Family Orientations. In this role she manages all the administrative task and contracts for UMLSAMP students along with locating internship/research with STEM faculty mentors. Ms. Girish is building partnerships and fostering collaborative relationships across different departments at Umass Lowell campus to provide UMLSAMP students a well-rounded experience and to prepare them for professional opportunities. As a result, faculty and staff regularly reach out to her for STEM internships and collaborate to create opportunities for undergraduate students at Umass Lowell.
As an administrator at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), Ms. Christine Crowley oversees the conduct of all appointments administered through the SAO Office of Fellowships. Managing the SAO Fellowship Programs involves interpreting, developing, and implementing administrative policies. Ms. Crowley received her graduate degree in Cultural Diversity and Curriculum Reform from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she served as a graduate fellow in the United Asia Learning Resource Center. Her outreach efforts have resulted in research training initiatives with the Cambridge Mayor's Office, University of Massachusetts, and the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-Phd Program. She has also raised awareness about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) careers as a member of the Wellesley Public Schools Superintendent's Advisory Committee on STEAM and as current member of the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board Diversity and Inclusion Committee.