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Collaborative STEM Programs at Rutgers-Camden Produce New Opportunities and Friendships


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Rutgers University-Camden

Rutgers University-Camden

Credit: CS Dept, Rutgers University-Camden

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students at Rutgers University-Camden have access to scholarship and academic support thanks to a $600,000 U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that aims to support high-achieving STEM students with financial need through annual and tenure scholarships.

Since the program was launched in 2010, "we’ve witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of applications, which has allowed us to award more scholarships to deserving students," says Rutgers University-Camden professor Michael Palis.

STEM students can qualify for other programs such as the Honors College and the Arts and Sciences Internship Course by expanding their involvement in related offerings. Rutgers University-Camden professor Joseph Martin directs the NSF-funded Q-STEP program, which provides STEM students with additional peer support, mentoring, and research opportunities. Martin says the program emphasizes STEM's many possible career opportunities. "[Students] come in all thinking that they want to be doctors," he says. "We talk openly about what different faculty members on campus do and what different kinds of jobs are really out there." STEM students also can spread their knowledge by tutoring local high school students in STEM courses.

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