St. Mary’s understands the value that community has for the majority of its students and has built the STEM Scholars Program upon high impact activities.
Prior to their first semester at St. Mary’s, the STEM Scholars participate in a two-week Boot Camp as a way to introduce the students to the University. The STEM Scholars Program also includes a Living and Learning Community focused on offering a comprehensive package of student support services, academic enrichment, outreach, career exploration, job placement services, and graduate program advising services.
A foundational element of the STEM Scholars Program involves Scholars living in a STEM residence hall, originally implemented in 2009 to provide an enriched learning experience for STEM majors. St. Mary’s STEM faculty, in coordination with Student Development, provides programming for the learning community members. The science-designated residence hall also houses STEM juniors and seniors who serve as peer mentors to the incoming freshmen. Throughout their time at the University, the Scholars participate in linked, thematic curricular experiences, including a Cornerstones freshman seminar, Scholars Seminars in years two and three, and a Capstone in year four.