PCOM Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award


August 15, 2019
Camp Cardio and Camp Neuro at PCOM Georgia introduce local youth to healthcare careers.
Camp Cardio and Camp Neuro at PCOM Georgia introduce local youth to healthcare careers.
High school students perform dissections at the Opportunities Academy at PCOM Georgia.
High school students perform dissections at the Opportunities Academy at PCOM Georgia.
PCOM South Georgia hosted its first Opportunities Academy in July 2019.
PCOM South Georgia hosted its first Opportunities Academy in July 2019.
Philadelphia youth work with PCOM students at the 2019 Math and Science Summer Academy.
Philadelphia youth work with PCOM students at the 2019 Math and Science Summer Academy.

Today, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) received the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). PCOM will be featured, along with 49 other recipients, in the September 2019 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research and successful programs and initiatives.

“As a community, we are continuously focused on expanding diversity,” said Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity and community relations officer. “Being recognized as an Inspiring Program in STEM Award Winner for our ongoing efforts to improve diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine is an honor.”

PCOM was selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity for its continued focus on creating a pathway for African American and Latino students to pursue a career in STEM+M (STEM and medicine). In addition to year-round campus activities, the College’s annual Math and Science Summer Academy, which takes place at all three of the College’s locations, invites local high school students of color to participate in an intensive, two-week program to raise awareness of, and interest in, STEM+M careers. These students are also given the opportunity to participate in research projects throughout the year, following completion of the program.

“We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication, and mentorship for underrepresented students,” says Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in or are interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond.”

A call for nominations for this award was announced in April 2019.

For more information about the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit insightintodiversity.com.

For more information about PCOM’s diversity and outreach initiatives, visit the Office of Diversity and Community Relations or the Office of Admissions.

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About INSIGHT Into Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education today and is known for its annual INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only award that recognizes colleges and universities for outstanding diversity and inclusion efforts across their campuses. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine presents timely, thought-provoking news and feature stories on matters of diversity and inclusion in higher education and beyond. Articles include interviews with innovators and experts, as well as explorations of best practices and profiles of exemplary programs. In our Career Center, readers will also discover career opportunities that connect job seekers with institutions and businesses that embrace a diverse and inclusive workforce. Current, archived, and digital issues of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine are available online at insightintodiversity.com.

About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations. For more information, visit pcom.edu.

For more information, contact:

Renee Cree
Associate Director, News and Media Relations
Office: 215-871-6304 | Cell: 267-449-1360 

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