Making WAVES is an ambitious program to increase participation and advancement of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) academic careers. One of our goals is to provide the campus community with examples of successful women in STEM at the academic level through a 50/50 Lecture Series. We bring notable scientists to campus to give a lecture in a special format. Half of the speaker’s time is allotted to his/her technical, educational and research interests, and the other half is devoted to his/her career path, detailing, for example, challenges overcome or the influence of mentors. These lectures, balanced by the speaker’s research accomplishments and personal career journey, inspire newer faculty of both genders to persevere not only through the example set by leaders in STEM, but by looking at their own career holistically.

Faculty selected as hosts for the 50/50 mentoring program are allotted a budget of up to $1000 to bring their chosen speaker to campus, and an additional $1000 for expenses related to follow-up activities. The WAVES team will work with hosts to coordinate both aspects of the mentoring activities.

Interested in being a faculty host of a visiting 50/50 scholar?Apply Online To Host A Visiting 50/50 Scholar

Past Lectures

Headshot of speaker Ting Wu
"Visualizing the Genome at Super-Resolution and What It Has Taken to Get Here"
Ting Wu
Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Consortium for Space Genetics and the Personal Genetics Education ( Project.
March 31, 2021
UMass Lowell faculty host: Teresa Lee (Biological Sciences) 
Headshot of Dr. Kevin Kumashiro
Speaker Kevin Kumashiro
"Five Lenses For Education and Social Justice: Personal Journeys and Social Movements"
Kevin Kumashiro
Former Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco (2013-2017). 
February 18, 2021
UMass Lowell faculty host: Phitsamay Uy (College of Education) 
Lecture Recording

Speaker Helen Huang photo
"Restoring Motor Function in Amputees with Smart Prostheses"
He (Helen) Huang
Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
February 12, 2020
UMass Lowell faculty host: Yi-Ning (Winnie) Wu (Physical Therapy & Kinesiology)
Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brown University.
"Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court"
Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve
Tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brown University.
December 4, 2019
UMass Lowell faculty host: Teresa Gonzales (Sociology)
Linda Broadbeltis the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Associate Dean for Research of Engineering at Northwestern University.
"Research and Leadership Through Collaboration"
Linda Broadbelt
Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Associate Dean for Research of Engineering at Northwestern University.
November 5, 2019
UMass Lowell faculty host: Wan-Ting (Grace) Chen (Plastic Engineering)
Speaker Rober Smith photo
"Islands in the Stream: Singularity Art / Sustainable Life for Post-Humanity"
Robert Michael Smith
tenured Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology Department of Digital Arts & Design.
March 21, 2019
UMass Lowell faculty host: Yuko Oda, M.F.A. (Art & Design)
speaker Debora Hung photo
"From Bench to Bedside: Perspectives on Infectious Diseases"
Deborah Hung
Co-Director of the Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
January 29, 2019
UMass Lowell faculty host: Mingdi Yan (Chemistry)
Speaker Ostroverkhova photo v.2
"Photophysics of Organic Materials: From Optoelectronics to Entomology and Lessons Learned in Between"
Oksana Ostroverkhova
Professor of Physics at the Oregon State University
November 28, 2018
UMass Lowell faculty host: Viktor Podolskiy (Physics & Applied Physics)
Speaker Bertoldi photo v.3
"Non-Linear Architected Materials"
Katia Bertoldi
Professor of Applied Mechanics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
October 3, 2018
UMass Lowell faculty host: Marianna Maiaru (Mechanical Engineering)
Speaker Thomas Webster photo
"A University Career in Biomaterials: Balancing Education, Research, Life<, Personal Expectations and Still Loving Every Minute!"
Thomas J. Webster
Director of the Nanomedicine Laboratories at Northeastern University
April 4, 2018
UMass Lowell faculty host: Gulden Camci-Unal (Chemical Engineering)
Speaker Robert Langer photo
“Biomaterials and Biotechnology: From the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering”
Robert S. Langer
Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
February 15, 2017
UMass Lowell faculty host: Nese Orbey (Chemical Engineering)
image of Holly Yanco
“Sci-Fi to HRI: Designing the Robot Systems of Tomorrow”
Holly Yanco
Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at University of Massachusetts Lowell
November 1, 2016
Speaker Maydianne Andrade photo
“The Private Lives of Black Widows: How Behaviour Links Ecology & Evolution”
Maydianne Andrade
Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto
April 5, 2016
UMass Lowell faculty host: Jessica Garb (Biological Science)
Photo of speaker Quing Zhu (left) and UML host Xingwei Wang (right)
“Ultrasound-guided Diffuse Light Imaging and Co-registered Ultrasound & Photoacoustic Imaging: Matching the Tool to the Cancer Site”
Quing Zhu
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at UCONN
October 19, 2015
UMass Lowell faculty host: Xingwei Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Speaker Carla Brodley photo
“Challenges and Opportunities in Applied Machine Learning”
Carla Brodley
Dean of the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University
March 12, 2015
UMass Lowell faculty host: Kate Saenko (Computer Science)
Speaker Maria Santore version 2
“Soft and Hard Biomimetic Interfaces”
Maria Santore
Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering at UMass
December 2, 2014
UMass Lowell faculty host: Marina Ruths (Chemistry)
Photo of Speaker Julie Zimmerman v.2
“Designing Safer Chemicals and Nanomaterials for Enhanced Applications and Minimized Implications”
Julie Zimmerman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Yale University
March 27, 2014
UMass Lowell faculty host: Meg Sobkowicz-Kline (Plastics Engineering)