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STEM Scholars

Stem Scholars

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The STEM Scholars program is an initiative focused on recruiting and retaining historically underrepresented students interested in studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).; Specifically, the program recruits first year and sophomore students who identify as: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx and or Native American/Alaskan Native in an effort to diversify the STEM field.

Program Description

The STEM Scholars program offers academic support, career counseling, and mentorship to help prepare students for a career in STEM. All students in the program will be placed in mini cohort groups matched with a peer mentor (current junior or senior STEM student) who will guide students through their first year. Peer mentors will set up routine meetings with their cohort and establish a sense of community within their group. The role of the peer mentor is to help ease the students’ transition into college and help students succeed in their STEM courses. For sophomore students in the program, they will be matched with an alum mentor of color who is working in their field of interest. This relationship will help expand the scholars’ professional network. Faculty mentors also serve as a resource to the students through guided academic support and mentorship.

The 2017-2018 Peer Mentors

Tanisha Genao ’18 (Biology)
Hilda Adjekum ’18 (Biology)
Nhung Nguyen ’19 (Biology)
Richie Ramrati ’18 (Computer Science)
Philip Yoo ’18 (Math)
Maria Arias ’17 (Math)
Tiara Sivells ’20 (Chemistry)
Charmaine Chung ’19 (Bio-chemistry)
Magdy Gad ’19 (Physics, Engineering)

The 2017-2018 Faculty Mentors

Patricia Mowery (Biology)
Erin Pelkey (Chemistry)
Kristin Slade (Chemistry)
Justin Miller (Chemistry)
Joseph Rusinko (Math)
Nicholas Metz (Geoscience)
Leslie Hebb (Physics)

Program Expectations

This program is intended to alleviate some of the systemic barriers that prevent full participation of students of color in STEM. Students are expected to:

  • Attend routine study sessions
  • Participate in meetings with peer mentors
  • Participate in meetings with program director
  • Maintain ongoing relationship with alum mentor

For more information on the STEM Scholars Program or if you are interested in serving as a peer mentor or a faculty mentor contact