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To be eligible for the STEM-Gem program students should fall into at least one of the following categories:

  • Underrepresented minority students:
    • African-American
    • Hispanic
    • Multiracial
    • Native-American
  • DACA and undocumented students
  • United States veteran or active service member

Referring a Student

Faculty or staff members can refer students who they think would benefit from academic or personal assistance. If you are unsure if a student qualifies as a STEM-Gem, please still refer him/her anyway—we will still reach out.

Prospective Students

We are not the ones who get to decide whether or not you are admitted to the University of Rochester, so you can have a no-stakes conversation about your future in engineering where there is no penalty for getting something wrong. You are allowed to ask our advisors any question, no matter how small or how big.

We know this is a tough decision, particularly if you are the first in your family to go to college. You may have questions about what kind of student community there is for underrepresented students. We can answer this, but more importantly we can connect you with current students to get their opinion. We ask these students to be completely honest about their experience so you can get their perspective before you make a decision.

Students who are interested in joining the STEM-Gem program should fill out this online form to get in touch with a STEM-Gem advisor.