Rooted in STEM

Saturday STEM mentorship community

Rooted in STEM brings together 11th and 12th grade students from historically underrepresented identities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to learn about STEM academics and community support at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Along with an undergraduate mentor, participants will relate their individual identities and experiences within STEM.

One Saturday per month October through April

Each month, participants will network with peers while learning about current topics in research and academic programs, and explore potential careers. There will be 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 current undergraduate students.


The Rooted in STEM program is offered free of charge and lunch is included at each monthly session. However, participants must arrange their own transportation to and from the University of Minnesota campus. Rooted in STEM does not want transportation costs to be a barrier to participation, so transportation scholarships are available upon request to participants demonstrating financial need. For more information about scholarships, contact the program coordinators at

Application information

Rooted in STEM will be limited to a small group cohort, and admission, therefore, is expected to be competitive. Admission will be based on the number of applications received and the qualifications of each applicant. Because enrolling an academically qualified, diverse student body is essential to Rooted in STEM, applicants from historically underrepresented identities are especially encouraged to apply.

2022-23 academic year

Our 2022-23 Rooted in STEM program dates are expected to be finalized and the application released mid-August. When available, information will be published here on this web page. If you would also like to be notified via email, please complete the Rooted in STEM Interest Form.