Undergraduates


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

usstem_logoThe U-S2TEM Scholars program, a joint initiative between the Global Change and Sustainability Center and the Center for Science and Mathematics Education, is 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.

Funded through the National Science Foundation, the U-S2TEM program provides scholarships for up to 4 years to students in the Colleges of ScienceMines and Earth Sciences, and Engineering.

2014 U-S2TEM class

L to R: Jadesola Aderibigbe, Yajaira Peralta, Kalyan Sapkota, Amber Barron, Rachel Romero, Savannah Gelhard, Leigh Seeley, Kaden Plewe

U-S2TEM Scholars work 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 is to increase the number of diverse high-need students entering the University of Utah and obtaining B.S. degrees in environmental science and engineering.  This goal will be achieved through the following objectives:

  • Provide 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.
  • Develop 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.

Scholarship Program Benefits

  • Funding
  • Mentoring and cohort building
  • U-S2TEM Seminar (1 credit / semester)
  • Opportunities for research
These scholarships have all been awarded, and no further applications are being accepted.

UROP Supplemental Grants

In support of undergraduate research and training, the GCSC has partnered with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) to provide supplemental funding for sustainability-related student research projects. These small grants can provide up to $100 to help UROP awardees pay for supplies or other research costs.

Students who receive UROP funding for projects related to sustainability will receive an invitation to apply for these funds.

The GCSC is a partner with the ACCESS Program, which provides aspiring women a supportive path into the sciences by offering a scholarship award and learning experience that fosters academic success throughout their undergraduate education. Go to the ACCESS Program page.