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What is STEM and what are STEM majors?

“STEM” is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students through an interdisciplinary and applied approach to problem solving in four broad fields:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

DSU STEM majors include biology, physical science, mathematics, computer science, cyber operations, mathematics and science education.

STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science and technology are everywhere in the world around us and continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. STEM sectors have been projected by the U.S. Department of Labor to add substantial numbers of new jobs to the economy and affect the growth of other industries. STEM field careers are some of the best-paying and play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy. Training in STEM fields generally results in higher wages, regardless of whether graduates work in STEM fields.

What is the STEM Institute at DSU?

The STEM Institute is a sustained program of experiential STEM learning and professional networking designed to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation in DSU STEM majors. The STEM Institute is designed around two major components:

  1. an intensive experiential summer program for incoming DSU first year students seeking a degree in a STEM major; and
  2. a series of ongoing STEM programs and events throughout the academic year.

Who is eligible to participate in DSU’s summer STEM Institute program?

The summer STEM Institute program hosts up to 20 incoming first year students with declared interests in STEM majors. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. To be admitted to the 2018 summer program, students must be enrolled as a first-year (freshman) degree-seeking student at DSU during the 2018/19 academic year and enrolled in a STEM major. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens may be admitted to the program.

2018 Summer STEM Institute Program: August 12-17, 2018

  • Engage in intensive hands-on STEM learning activities focused around astronomy, rocketry, and space science.
  • Tour area research centers to see firsthand STEM at work in major industry and government facilities.
  • Learn crucial study skills for maximizing learning and career opportunities throughout their DSU undergraduate STEM career.
  • Collaborate and network extensively with DSU STEM faculty and their more experienced STEM peers.
  • Move into the dorms one week early with no added housing or meal costs.

STEM institute participants who complete the full week-long summer program, maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA during their first semester at DSU while enrolled as a full-time student in a STEM major, and return as a full-time student in a STEM major at DSU during the Spring 2019 semester will earn a $300 scholarship.

What is going on with the DSU STEM Institute during the rest of the academic year?

Throughout the academic year, look for monthly events including featured speakers on STEM-related topics from academic and industry leaders in STEM fields. The institute will also be promoting networking among students in STEM majors at DSU through a faculty and peer mentoring program and social events and activities. Finally, students and faculty with the DSU STEM Institute will engage local high school students in demonstrations and discussions about STEM fields.

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Feel like the Summer STEM Program is right for you?

We are happy you're interested! Contact James Maloney, director of the STEM Institute, if you have any questions.

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