Dr. Riley is deeply committed to providing science outreach services to the community. She is the founder of the STEM Ambassadors Program, an NSF funded program that seeks to increase levels of retention and graduation of STEM students and increase the number of students who enroll in graduate studies or pursue careers in STEM fields. Specifically, the program targets underrepresented groups including first-generation college students, students of color and those eligible for Pell Grants, all of whom are nationally underrepresented in STEM.majors. Dr. Riley is the founder and former president of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of civic science literacy in the state. This organization engages in a wide range of science outreach activities, including hosting an annual meeting, visiting school classrooms across the state and engaging in science education reform efforts. She is also the co-founder of the Institute for Drug Resistance, which serves as a vehicle for facilitating, supporting and promoting novel, multidisciplinary approaches to the challenges of drug resistance.

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