Students from Cal State LA and local community colleges early in their higher education careers were introduced to cutting-edge techniques in computational molecular science as part of the inaugural Computational Workshop, hosted by the Partnership for Research and Education in Chemistry (PREC) Pathway to Diversity Program. PREC, which is a collaboration between Cal State LA and the Molecular Software Sciences Institute at Virginia Tech, launched last year with a grant from the National Science Foundation. During the seven-day workshop, students took part in hands-on exercises led by instructors from Virginia Tech, UC Irvine, and Cal State LA. They learned about different computational molecular science and professional development topics, including networking, undergraduate research, machine learning, programming, and virtual reality. “The inaugural PREC computational molecular science workshop was an enormous success,” said Dr. Olaseni Sode, the grant’s lead principal investigator and an associate professor of chemistry in the College of Natural and Social Sciences. “Many of these students never had any experience with these types of scientific approaches. We are excited to see the impact this workshop will have on advancing the field and producing the next generation of STEM professionals.” The PREC project team also includes co-principal investigators Dr. Paul Nerenberg, associate professor of biology and physics in the College of NSS, and Dr. Negin Forouzesh, assistant professor of computer science in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.