CNS Office of Student Success & Diversity

The CNS Office of Student Success and Diversity works to increase the recruitment, retention, and success of undergraduates from diverse backgrounds: specifically, underrepresented minority, first-generation college, low-income, and transfer students.

The office provides a range of support for undergraduates, including:

  • Student Success Coaching: one-on-one intensive, comprehensive academic advising
  • CNS Student Success Workshops: a series of workshops that provide tools and techniques for achieving academic success

For more information, contact Linda Ziegenbein, Academic & Diversity Advisor.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program strengthens the preparation, representation, and success of under-represented minority students majoring in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

William Lee Science Impact Program 

The William Lee Science Impact Program (Lee SIP) is a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program designed to expand and broaden participation in undergraduate research. The program provides students the opportunity to work on fun, novel, and interesting scientific questions by matching them with faculty members with similar research interests. Lee SIP Scholars are mentored directly by research faculty, work within a research team, and participate in professional development workshops.

Forsythe Grange Mentoring Program

The Forsythe Grange Mentoring Program creates opportunities for undergraduate students to be engaged in mentorship, especially students belonging to underserved groups in science disciplines, such as first-generation, underrepresented minorities, and those demonstrating financial need. Students receive scholarships and serve as mentors, open to sharing experiences and knowledge about their science area with incoming first-year students.

Transfer Student Alliance Program

The Transfer Student Alliance Program was created to assist transfer students with their unique needs in transitioning to the university. 

Campus Resources

UMass Amherst has a range of resources you can tap into around Student Support services.


CNS supports several programs that encourage access and engagement with local Community Colleges.