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STEM Scholars at UConn

In June 2013, the State of Connecticut continued its tradition of supporting UConn’s success with Next Generation Connecticut, an investment of approximately $1.5 billion. The primary focus is to expand UConn’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs to provide qualified individuals for Connecticut industries. This STEM expansion includes:

  • Hiring new STEM faculty;
  • Increasing enrollment of STEM-focused students;
  • Building STEM facilities to house teaching labs for material science, physics, biology, engineering, cognitive science, genomics, and related disciplines; and
  • Creating a STEM Scholars community within UConn's Honors Program.


STEM Scholars

High achieving, first-year students applying to a STEM major have the opportunity to be selected as a STEM Scholar. In addition to receiving a scholarship, UConn STEM Scholars have the freedom to choose a course of study in numerous STEM fields and receive unique resources, benefits, and opportunities to enhance and support their academic pursuits. Benefits include:

  • STEM Scholars live with other STEM and Honors Scholars in a tight-knit community within the Honors First-Year Learning Community;
  • First-Year Experience seminar taught by Honors faculty members;
  • Monthly STEM research seminars that allow students to broaden their knowledge base while sharing their insights;
  • Dedicated staff advisors with whom students work closely to identify the right research-based internships, study abroad opportunities, and undergraduate research positions; and
  • Options to apply for IDEA or SURF grants, which provide funding for original scientific or creative projects.

Invitations to the STEM Scholars community are competitive. While a strong academic performance is required, particular importance will be placed on experiences outside of the classroom that indicate an interest and commitment to the STEM fields.

STEM Scholars Majors at UConn

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Analytics and Information Management
  • Animal Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Diagnostic Genetic Sciences #
  • Dietetics #
  • Digital Media and Design
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • General Engineering
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geoscience
  • Individualized Major (with approval as STEM) #
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Linguistics/Psychology
  • Management and Engineering for Manufacturing
  • Marine Sciences ^
  • Maritime Studies ^
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics/Actuarial Science
  • Mathematics/Actuarial Science/Finance
  • Mathematics/Applied Mathematical Sciences
  • Mathematics/Physics
  • Mathematics/Statistics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences #
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Multidisciplinary Engineering
  • Natural Resources
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Pathobiology
  • Pharmacy Studies
  • Physics
  • Physiology and Neurobiology
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Robotics
  • Secondary Education — Mathematics #
  • Secondary Education — Science #
  • Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Structural Biology and Biophysics
  • Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems

# Not eligible for STEM Scholars until after the student's initial enrollment
^ Eligible for STEM Scholars if admitted to Storrs Honors initially

STEM Majors at UConn are not determined by nor in accordance with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) STEM Designated Degree Program.