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S-STEM Scholars

$649,994 NSF S-STEM Grant - Community Research and Cognitive Reframing for a Community Retained in Science

S-STEM Scholars at Fisher

Engage early in both research and internship experiences through the S-STEM Scholars Program at St. John Fisher College.

Engage early in both research and internship experiences through the S-STEM Scholars Program at St. John Fisher College.

S-STEM Scholars each receive a substantial scholarship of $30,000 over four years ($6,000 in year 1, $8,000 for years 2-4). In addition, Scholars will have the opportunity to engage early in their college career in multiple enrichment opportunities, including both research and internship experiences. A total of 13 Scholars will be chosen for enrollment in the program.

S-STEM Scholars will receive training in mindfulness and be part of a dynamic community of like-minded, high-achieving students pursuing a future in STEM. Students will have the opportunity for faculty-mentored summer research in addition to a possible internship with one of our six community partners:

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

In accordance with NSF S-STEM eligibility criteria, scholars must be:

  • Current U.S. citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees
  • Enrolled full-time in a program leading to a baccalaureate degree in biology or chemistry
  • Demonstrate financial need as identified by Pell eligibility determined through FAFSA

S-STEM applicants must meet at least one of the following three academic criteria:

  • Minimum high school GPA of 90%
  • Minimum SAT composite score of 1100
  • Minimum ACT score of 24

In addition, students will need:

  • One letter of support from a high school science teacher -AND-
  • 500-word personal essay describing their interest and experience in STEM and what is driving them to pursue the sciences -AND-
  • Complete FAFSA to determine and demonstrate financial need as defined as Pell eligibility

Application Process

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Note: Please refer to the S-STEM Scholars Application Instructions page for important information before beginning the application process.

For specific application instructions or questions, contact the Stacy Ledermann in the Office of Freshman Admissions at or (585) 385-8064.

For specific S-STEM Scholars information or questions, contact Dr. Kristin Picardo at or (585) 899-3802. One of the members of the grant team will then work personally with you.

Finalists will be contacted for an interview in early March. Recipients will be notified no later than April 1, 2020.

Visit the NSF website to view details about the grant, award, and co-investigators.

NSF S-STEM Grant Program

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"The National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program addresses the need for a high-quality STEM workforce in areas of national priorities. The program seeks to increase and understand the success of low-income, academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Recognizing that scholarships alone cannot address low retention and graduation rates in STEM, the program provides funds to institutions of higher education for scholarships and for establishing systems of high-quality, evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support student success, retention, transfer, and graduation in STEM." (National Science Foundation)

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.1833904. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.