The goal of Gettysburg College STEM Scholars Program is to increase and diversify the number of talented STEM majors who go on to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in a broad range of scientific endeavors, either by entering the STEM workforce or a STEM-related graduate program upon graduation from Gettysburg College.
The Gettysburg College STEM Scholars will consist of a select cohort of First-Year students enrolling in the fall who intend to earn a bachelor’s degree in one of the following STEM disciplines: Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. Through generous financial support from Gettysburg College, need-based financial aid grants will meet the full demonstrated financial need for STEM Scholars. In selecting members of these cohorts, the college will take heightened interest in academically-promising, underrepresented minority, and first-generation students with demonstrated financial need.
By providing supportive mentoring during the crucial first two years of college, the STEM Scholars program creates a constructive environment to recruit, support, and retain students in their chosen STEM majors. The program relies on close faculty-student interactions as well as a unifying community-building experience.
STEM Scholars will have the opportunity to:
- Attend a STEM-focused pre-orientation workshop with their cohort.
- Enroll in an exclusive First-Year Seminar taught by STEM faculty.
- Participate in bimonthly luncheons with STEM faculty as well as a variety of learning activities on and off campus.
- Engage in various STEM opportunities, including faculty-student research, peer-mentoring, preferential residence in Gettysburg College’s Science House, as well as work-related internship opportunities with institutional industry partners.
To be eligible for the STEM Scholars program, students must meet the following requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen, national (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), alien admitted as a refugee under section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or an alien lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.
- Demonstrate financial need through submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS PROFILE.
- Be enrolled as a full-time student.
- Intend to major in one of the following: Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies (BSc only, with an interest in one of the following concentrations: Earth System Science, Marine and Freshwater Ecology or Wildlife and Conservation Biology), Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.
- You should complete the STEM application online by January 15*. Please attach a brief statement (300-350 words) explaining your past experiences/accomplishments in the sciences and your personal interest in becoming a scientist.
*STEM Scholars Program applications may still be submitted after the deadline; however, full consideration is guaranteed to those applications received by the January 15th deadline.
- Complete and submit your application for admission by the Regular Decision deadline date of January 15. This includes the Common Application, official high school transcript, and counselor/teacher recommendations. A letter of recommendation from a science teacher is strongly encouraged. You may also submit your standardized test scores (optional).
- Submit the financial aid applications—the CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—by January 15.
- Students who are highly interested in Gettysburg College and the STEM Scholars Program are encouraged to consider applying Early Decision I or II. The deadline for Early Decision I is November 15. The deadline for Early Decision II is January 15. If you have already applied to Gettysburg College, you can still submit a STEM Scholars Program application by January 15.
For more information contact Tyra Crosbie ’17, Admissions Counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org.