an auxiliary support network of and for undergraduate students from underrepresented communities who study STEM.
inSTEM is currently offered at Howard University and the University of Texas at Arlington. Email the NSTMF’s inSTEM Director Dr. Mayowa Awe at [email protected] to learn how to bring it to your campus.
inSTEM offers four years of programming; each has a theme based on the Scholars’ needs for the current school year. Each cohort includes 15 inSTEM Scholars and one Coach, a STEM professor, or an established graduate student at the institution. STEM Experts will visit cohorts either in person or virtually to lead workshops and provide insights about the greater STEM community.
The inSTEM Curriculum comprises four units that correspond with four years of undergrad:
Year 1 – CORE
Year 2 – THRIVE
Year 3 – RISE
Year 4 – SOAR
The topics in each curriculum are organized by four different modules: Community, Academia, Career, Wellness. Each topic is linked to one of the four modules in an effort to address the holistic needs of the undergraduate STEM student.
The key focus and goals for each year are built upon the understanding that the needs of the Scholars change as they advance through undergrad and the inSTEM program. The topics are also built in alignment with the academic calendar including meetings about advising course selection and supportive strategies to address anxiety and stress during finals. By the end of a scholar’s experience in inSTEM, they will have developed a personal board of advisors through the mentor-mentee relationships they formed, cultivated substantive relationships with their peers and inSTEM Coaches, and learned new skills that will support their holistic wellness.
“I really enjoyed my mentor meeting last semester. He was a very informative and helpful figure. Ultimately, I’m glad I made the decision to join inSTEM because it is a very beneficial program for undergraduate students” – UT-Arlington inSTEM Scholar ’25
Our Curriculum focuses on empowering the Scholar to define their needs and then making sure the program continues to support their development.
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Your contribution to the NSTMF not only serves to celebrate scientific advancement, ingenuity, and exploration, but also symbolizes your commitment to building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive future in STEM.