The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Scholars Program is a learning community of STEM students at Rutgers-Camden that participate in a comprehensive program that promotes academic success and builds preparedness for professional careers and/or graduate studies. Program activities include faculty advising and peer mentoring; research seminars and colloquia; academic development, graduate study preparation, and career counseling workshops; undergraduate research experiences; and industry internships. Students also have the opportunity to be involved in Rutgers-Camden's many outreach programs, particularly those that are geared towards increasing awareness and interest in STEM among pre-college students at local area high schools and middle schools.
The STEM Scholars Program admits incoming first-year, transfer, and current students majoring in one of the following undergraduate STEM programs at Rutgers-Camden: biology, computational and integrative biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. Students are selected on the basis of their past academic performance and potential, particularly in math and science, as well as other indicators of success as documented in the student's STEM Scholars Application form.
The program also awards need-based scholarships to eligible students with demonstrable financial need. Receipt of a scholarship is not a prerequisite for admission; i.e., students with no financial need may be admitted into the program.
The STEM Scholars Program has an ongoing partnership with the Q-STEP Program, an NSF-funded program whose goal is to increase the numbers of successful graduates in the sciences and mathematics and to enhance the level of their quantitative skills. Q-STEP provides students with special programming throughout their four-year education that includes extra social support, group study and problem solving sessions, peer tutoring, and opportunities for early and consistent involvement in research. STEM Scholars may apply to Q-STEP to participate either as Q-STEP Scholars or Q-STEP mentors. For further information, please see the Q-STEP Program website.
The STEM Scholars Program has recently established a partnership with the Honors College to create a STEM Scholars Learning Community within the Honors College. STEM Scholars who are members of the Honors College are automatically members of this learning community. As such, they will have the opportunity to incorporate a STEM focus in their Honors College experience by participating in such activities as the STEM Colloquia Series, STEM Research Experience, and STEM Internship Program. For more information, please see the Honors College website.
This program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program under Award No. 0965947.