In the STEM Talent Expansion through Research, Engagement, Preparation and Scholarships (STEREPS) project, the University of Mary Washington is completing a series of initiatives to recruit and retain Science, Technology, and Math (STEM) majors, particularly students who are members of groups that are traditionally under-represented in the STEM disciplines.  The suite of activities in this project provides pathways to success in the STEM disciplines by:

  • Enhancing the Student Transition Program (STP) with a revised pre-calculus course and a new interdisciplinary science research course to prepare students for STEM disciplines.
  • Adding new undergraduate research experiences including peer mentoring by upper-level STEM majors and early-engagement training for faculty through workshops.
  • Creating a new science outreach program for high school students that provides opportunities to engage in research with faculty and undergraduate student research teams.
  • Creating STEM learning communities by implementing a supplemental instruction program.
  • Establishing a STEM diversity scholarship program to attract qualified, culturally diverse students to UMW.
  • Creating a new STEM colloquium for faculty and students to share their research with a larger STEM community.

This project is funded by a National Science Foundation STEP Award (# DUE-1068150).