STEM Scholars

HHMI and STEM Scholars

What It Is: 5 year, $1.5 million grant to fund curriculum reform and innovation in science and engineering instruction

Aimed at: Increasing retention and graduation rates of Science and Engineering majors

  • Only 40 percent of beginning Freshmen graduate within 6 years of starting college.
  • More than half of all Science and Engineering Freshmen majors drop out of these fields before graduation.
  • We do not produce enough Science and Engineering graduates to meet future needs.

HHMI Supported UNO STEM Scholar Initiatives

  • STEM Scholar Transition Camps
  • Freshmen learning community courses
  • Curriculum changes in Math
  • Curriculum changes in Biology

Would you like to get a jump start on your first semester at UNO and a head start on medical or graduate school?

STEM Scholars Transition Camp is an intense one-week program specifically designed to help freshmen STEM students make the transition to college, learn skills for professional or graduate school, and take the stress out of the first semester at UNO.

Get a Competitive Edge

  • Get a Jump start on required courses
  • Attend lectures from the faculty who teach first-year courses.
  • Develop and hone critical skills necessary to be successful in college (i.e. time management, note taking, test taking, and reading complex materials).
  • Take actual exams, without the fear of failing.

An Average Day Includes:

  • Small lectures taught by experienced professors
  • Evening study sessions
  • Thoughtful group discussions lead by current students
  • Social activities with current and other incoming students
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Stem Scholar

The Run Down
Who  Incoming freshman science and engineering students
What A five-day, intensive academic preparation camp
When July 27 - August 1, 2019
Where  The University of New Orleans
Why The transition to college can be overwhelming, even for the best high school students.This program will give students a head start for success.
Cost $300, which includes registration, books, materials, meals and housing.
Application Deadline: July 19


Possible Course Topics

Biology track

  • Biology 1


  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus

Freshman textbooks for either Biology, Applied Algebra, Precalculus Algebra/Trigonometry or Calculus are provided.