The GCSC provides undergraduate students with training and mentoring opportunities that will help prepare them to address the complex challenges of sustainability and the environment, working in interdisciplinary teams, where data sharing, collaboration, and communication are essential.
Undergraduate Sustainability, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Scholarship Program
The U-S2TEM Scholars program was a joint initiative between the Global Change and Sustainability Center and the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, aimed at increasing the number of outstanding and diverse undergraduate students who graduate with degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields that focus on the environment and sustainability.
U-S2TEM Scholars worked as a multidisciplinary cohort to explore how various scientific and engineering fields interact, thus preparing them to face significant global challenges related to the environment and sustainability. Scholars have opportunities to interact with faculty who study the impacts of global changes on the dynamics and sustainability of natural and human built systems through mentoring, seminars, courses designed to build an intellectual learning community that enhances the scholars’ educational development, and research opportunities.
The goal of this project was to increase the number of diverse high-need students entering the University of Utah and obtaining B.S. degrees in environmental science and engineering.
- Provided scholarships, academic scaffolding, mentoring, professional development, and internship opportunities to academically talented and financially challenged undergraduates to support them throughout their undergraduate training and help launch careers and training beyond graduation.
- Developed an interdisciplinary learning community of students, faculty and professionals that will synergistically engage and support the Scholars as they move through their academic training and provide a model for similar programs in the future.
- U-S2TEM Scholars have gone on to professional careers and to graduate education in science, engineering, and medicine.