Discover STEM

Important Note: (updated March 26, 2021)

Given the restrictions affecting in-person youth programming, Discover STEM will be offered as a virtual conference in 2021.

We are committed to providing a safe environment for our community, and we look forward to welcoming youth to campus again soon.


STEM virtual conference for students entering 11th or 12th grade

Wondering which majors and careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) will allow you to discover your passions and assure you of an exciting job almost anywhere in the world? Join in a three-day virtual conference that offers an exploration into STEM opportunities.

Three days that could change your life

During the interactive virtual conference, you will network with peers while you learn about current topics in research and academic programs, and explore potential careers through virtual presentations, laboratory tours, science and technology demonstrations, and Q&A sessions. Presenters will include College of Science and Engineering faculty and graduate researchers, recent alumni in industry, and undergraduate students.

Daily schedule

Tuesday
10-10:30 a.m. – Morning huddle
10:30-11 a.m. – Opening keynote
11-11:15 a.m. – Brain break
11:15 a.m.-noon – Research session
Noon-12:30 p.m. – Brown bag lunch and discussion groups
12:30-1 p.m. – Pathways session

Wednesday
10-10:15 a.m. – Morning huddle
10:15 -11 a.m. – Research session
11-11:15 a.m. – Brain break
11:15 a.m.-noon – Research session
Noon-12:30 p.m. – Brown bag lunch and discussion groups
12:30-1 p.m. – Pathways session

Thursday
10-10:15 a.m. – Morning huddle
10:15-11 a.m. – Research session
11-11:15 a.m. – Brain break
11:15 a.m.-noon – Research session
Noon-12:30 p.m. – Brown bag lunch and discussion groups
12:30-1 p.m. – Closing keynote


Admitted students will attend the virtual conference either Tuesday, Aug. 3-Thursday, 5 or Tuesday, Aug.10-Thursday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. Each conference will have a unique schedule of presenters representing the variety of STEM pathways available through the College of Science and Engineering.

Engagement expectations

This virtual conference is designed to be highly interactive. Participants will be asked to engage with each other as well as presenters through their device’s camera and microphone.

If you are interested in a less interactive virtual summer program, the College of Science and Engineering also will offer a research webinar series for high school students this summer. Details will be available soon.

Cost

Thanks to the generosity of 3M, we are able to offer Discover STEM to admitted students for an enrollment fee of only $25. Full scholarships are available upon request to admitted students demonstrating financial need. The enrollment fee will be collected from students only upon admittance to Discover STEM.

Application Information

Due to limited space, admission to Discover STEM is expected to be competitive. The competitiveness of admission will be based on the number of applications received and the qualifications of the applicants. Enrolling an academically qualified, diverse student body is essential to Discover STEM, so applicants from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Eligibility criteria

  • High school students entering grades 11 or 12 in fall 2021
  • Priority will be given to students who have not previously participated in Discover STEM

Application submission requirements

Submit the online application form, including complete responses to the two personal statement prompts below, by Friday, April 30, 2021. Applications not submitted in this format will not be reviewed.

Personal statement prompts

  1. Describe what admission into Discover STEM would mean to you. Include your relevant academic accomplishments, extracurricular experiences, and future goals.
  2. Relate how your identity and experiences have affected your ability to achieve your academic and career goals in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Admission timeline

Admission decisions are based on the applicant's responses to two personal statement prompts. Personal statement responses will be reviewed by committee after the Friday, April 30 application submission deadline. Applicants will be notified of their admission status no later than Friday, May 28.

Upon admission, students will have 10 business days to confirm their enrollment by submitting a $25 enrollment fee. Scholarships are available upon request to admitted students demonstrating financial need. Applicants who are not initially accepted will be automatically added to the waitlist and notified if a spot becomes available to them.

For more information, including scholarship inquiries, send an email to csek12@umn.edu.

Discover STEM is sponsored by

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