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STEM Gems: What we offer

To foster the success of first generation, low-income and/or minority students majoring in engineering and computer science, the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers these supportive resources to STEM Gems students:

  • One-to-One Mentoring with upperclass STEM Gems students. High achieving students have volunteered to serve as your tutors, your study buddies, and your inside connection to faculty, support staff, and opportunities specifically available to Hajim students.
  • Special One-to-One Faculty Support. Several faculty members were selected by department chairs, undergraduate coordinators, and students to serve as STEM Gem faculty advisers.  These faculty members have well-deserved reputations for providing empathetic, proactive guidance to their students.
  • Private study halls & academic support workshops facilitated by STEM Gem upper class and/or graduate students.
  • Financial sponsorship to attend national research symposia, professional society conferences, workshops, career fairs, and to study abroad.
  • The Kearns Center also coordinates study halls, workshops and, in some cases, additional funding for summer courses or enrichment opportunities. High achieving STEM Gems are encouraged to submit applications to be a Kearns Scholar for additional academic and professional planning support.
  • Additional support from a network of offices passionately committed to seeing you earn your degree in a STEM field. These offices include the Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA), the David T. Kearns Center, the College Center for Advising Services (CCAS), the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the Gwen M. Greene Career & Internship Center, and the Office of Alumni Relations.

If you would like more information about any of these resources, please contact the Hajim School Dean's Office at

Abner Aquino ’16 of Electrical and Computer Engineering arrived on campus the summer before his freshman year to participate in the Early Connection Opportunity program, and found it was a great way to ease into the curriculum once regular classes began. “I would definitely recommend it,” he says.

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