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STEM Gems: Who we are

You are the first member of your family to attend college. Or you come from a low-income family. Or you are a minority student.

Or you are all of the above.

And you want to be an engineer.

That alone makes you special. Students from similar backgrounds have traditionally been underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. And they have traditionally been at the highest risk of dropping out when they attempt to pursue STEM majors in college.

The Hajim School would like to help you change that.

Through our STEM Gems program, we will provide you with lots of resources to help you through the first year of college – and beyond. For example, other students just like you, who are now upperclassmen, are available to give you advice and guidance. Click here for a complete description of resources we can provide to you.

We highly value your decision to pursue a challenging, but rewarding discipline. We hope you will consider pursuing your dream at the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

To learn more, contact the Hajim School Dean's Office at

"As a minority and first generation college student, I knew very well at the start of my undergraduate career that I had a big challenge ahead of me. But now that I am almost finished, I can honestly say that the STEM GEM program significantly helped me reach and surpass my goals. They gave me all the resources needed to overcome my challenges. The program also introduced me to a world filled with opportunities, and they have been a great contributor to where I stand today . . . " -- Jenny Quintero '16

"The engineering discipline is a social entity requiring various perspectives. STEM Gems provides the basic needs to complete a STEM degree for students from the various backgrounds, thus contributing to the overall diversity in ethnicity, socioeconomic background and, most importantly, in perspective." Asia Ingram '14

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