There are four main components of the OSU STEM Leaders Program:
U-Succeed Orientation Course – This 10-week course takes place during fall term and is taught by Dr. Kyle Cole. Each new cohort of OSU STEM Leaders will enroll in this 1-credit course during their first quarter at OSU. The course is designed to acclimate students to the academic expectations and resources of a top-ranking research institution and to equip students with the tools needed to persist at the institution and within STEM fields.
Workshops – Each cohort will attend nine workshops (three per term during the first year at OSU). Workshops include:
Peer Mentoring – Each STEM Leader will be assigned a Peer Mentor. Peer Mentors are upper division students at OSU that have experience doing undergraduate research in STEM fields. Peer Mentors will have undergone an intensive training prior to working with STEM Leaders. STEM Leaders will meet with their Peer Mentors for approximately one hour each week starting winter term of their first year at OSU.
Undergraduate Research – Each student will select a Faculty Mentor that they are interested in working with and will begin an undergraduate research project during their second term at OSU. The undergraduate research project will continue during winter term, spring term and the fall term of the student's second year at OSU. It will be up to the student and the faculty mentor whether or not the research can continue through summer term. STEM Leaders will be conducting research approximately six hours each week and will give a final presentation during their second year at OSU, marking the culmination of their research project. You can learn about specific research projects being conducted by STEM Leaders by clicking here.
Additional Program Components
Spring Retreat - Each cohort will attend a weekend retreat during the spring of their first year at OSU. The retreat involves hiking, a campfire and s'mores, delicious meals and three workshops.