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First-year students and sophomores: Do you love science and math?

Students work on science project at Bates CollegeDo you enjoy working with others to tackle complex problems? Are you passionate about bringing your unique perspective to science and math? Are you committed to the idea that equity and inclusion are essential in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math)?

The STEM Scholars (formerly the Bates Science Fellows) are a select group of students who meet together in courses designed for the program to explore science and math in a shared-learning environment. Working closely with Bates faculty, STEM Scholars apply concepts they are learning in various Bates science courses to current issues, from the impact of climate change to the rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria and the impact of race and ethnicity on access to health care.

STEM Scholars learn to think like scientists, honing their study skills and science and math chops in a rigorous, collaborative, and fun learning environment. They explore what the life of a scientist is like, through faculty and alumni guest lectures and co-curricular activities. They gain experience to make them competitive candidates for positions as summer researchers and peer mentors. And they form lasting friendships with students share their interests.

The STEM Scholars Program is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and is funded by gifts from generous donors and grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Program and The Tappan Foundation. For more information on the program, please contact Assistant Dean Kerry O’Brien at (207) 786-6065 or kobrien@bates.edu.