To be eligible to apply to the STEM Academy, students must be enrolled in one of the
participating school districts who have entered into Dual Enrollment agreements with IUP.
To participate in the STEM Academy high school students must have a 3.0 overall GPA, be recommended by their school guidance counselor and submit a letter of recommendation from their science, mathematics or technology teacher.
First time STEM Academy students will apply through the application process facilitated by IUP’s Office of Admissions and participate in the required orientation to learn about IUP policies, opportunities on campus, and to take placement exams in Math and English.
Students must provide their own transportation to and from IUP.
Students who complete a college course, or the full sequence of courses, in one of the three focus areas will realize significant tuition savings. Tuition is 75 percent off the regular IUP tuition. Participation in STEM Academy will translate into significant savings on the total cost of a college degree.
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A limited number of program founding scholarships will be available to eligible applicants. These tuition, travel and book scholarships will be awarded based on academic merit to students not eligible for tuition waivers. There is no separate scholarship application and students will be considered for STEM Founding Scholarships based on their completed application materials.
STEM Academy students will be expected to complete four on-site courses (Indiana, Northpointe, and Punxsutawney campuses) offered by the Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in one of the three areas of preparation. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in STEM courses or receive permission to continue in the Academy.
STEM Academy students will have access to supplemental instruction (tutoring) sessions, faculty and peer mentoring, and will be encouraged to participate in the following programs offered at IUP during the academic year.
The Kopchick College of Natural Science and Mathematics and IUP Sigma Xi Honors Society offer a series of lectures featuring research programs of Kopchick College faculty and prominent speakers discussing topics interdisciplinary in nature, of interest to faculty and students from a variety of academic fields and to the general public.
In early April, the Kopchick College hosts a special program featuring accomplishments of women scientists. IUP faculty and women students present their research projects and compete for awards. A special feature of this program is specifically designed for area high school students.
STEM Academy participants will be invited to participate in selected activities of the RESS Program offered in July and August. This is an opportunity to prepare for conducting scientific research under the mentorship of a faculty member.
In early April, the university hosts a series of events featuring original research and scholarship generated at IUP.
Upon completion of two STEM Academy classes with a 3.0 GPA students will become eligible to apply for participation in independent research projects. Kopchick College faculty will serve as supervisors of research projects; students will be expected to present results of their work at appropriate professional events. This is an opportunity to prepare for conducting scientific research under the mentorship of a faculty member.
Following successful completion of a minimum of 12 Kopchick College STEM Academy credits, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. The completed courses will be put on an IUP transcript, but could be transferred to other colleges or universities, if the student so chooses.
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