STEM PREP (STEM Pre-Research Exploration Programs)

(Students can participate in STEM PREP only one semester)

The STEM PREP program allows participants who are Freshmen second-semester or Sophomores first- or second-semester to participate in research activities that prepare them to enter the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program, which they can apply for the next semester. STEM PREP allows the student to 1) explore research opportunities and identify a research mentor and project for the URS program for the next semester and 2) receive training in areas, such as lab safety, effective record keeping, and basic research techniques and methods to be used in the URS program. The STEM PREP stipend is $500 per student.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Any student (4-year institution) majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) major is eligible to apply. The National Science Foundation (NSF) sets the preference for participants of the STEM PREP program who have been historically underrepresented in STEM: Hispanic or Latinos, African Americans or Blacks, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

  • U.S. citizenship or status as a national, refugee alien, or permanent resident per NSF guidelines
  • Full-time enrollment in a¬†STEM¬†discipline
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • A strong interest in and potential for graduate studies is also considered

Have questions about the program or how to apply?  

Contact the institutional coordinator of your institution.