Thanks to a grant gifted through the National Science Foundation's Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, we've established the Career And Research Exploration to Enhance Retention in STEM (C.A.R.E.E.R.S.) program, which was developed by a team of BVU faculty and staff as a way to provide low-income students access to targeted programs and services in an effort to enhance their success and retention in STEM fields.
- Have an expected family contribution of $13,500 or less
- Meet at least two of the following:
- Earn a high school GPA of 3.3 or higher
- Score at least 24 on the mathematics component of the ACT
- Rank in the top 25 percent of the student's high school class
- Author a thoughtful and well-written essay demonstrating understanding of, interest in, and desire to persist and succeed in the STEM C.A.R.E.E.R.S. program
- Have a recommendation by a high school science teacher stating the student's aptitude for and an interest in science, as well as potential for success in the program
- Complete a personal or phone interview further demonstrating interest in pursuing studies in a STEM field
Combat The Issue
Many students do not persist in STEM fields due to the lack of knowledge about the comprehensive range of careers that are available to them after graduation.
The cohort will have access to a spectrum of services, including learning communities, tutoring, mentoring, success programs, and a robust career development plan.
Specific activities will include seminar-style courses, a career-focused science trip, and interdisciplinary research and internship opportunities.