About the STEM Learning Community

Purpose

The purpose of the STEM learning community at EMU is to provide a place of interaction, connection, encouragement, and support for first-year students enrolled in a STEM major or program. Through the STEM learning community, which is organized as smaller subgroups called organic cells, students will find connections, identity, and purpose within their chosen discipline.

Ultimately, these organic cells will vitalize the learning environment and increase the number of STEM graduates from EMU.

Registration and participation

First-year STEM students that did not participate in the Summer Bridge Program will be invited to apply to participate in the EMU STEM LC. Applications will be available at the STEM first year orientation session prior to the start of fall classes. All students participating in the EMU STEM LC will automatically be assigned to a cell and a Cell Leader/Bridges Mentor. Students that participated in the Summer Bridge Program are required to participate in EMU’s STEM LC.

STEM First Year Experience monetary stipend

Summer Bridge students

The fall portion of your stipend is $600. The spring portion is $200. In the fall, you must attend two-thirds of the scheduled lunch series, two of four designated Suter Science Seminars and discussions, and one mentor-planned event.

In the spring, you must attend one of two planned spring events and two of four Suter Science Seminars. You must also remain a STEM-related major at the end of each semester to be eligible for the stipend as well as a responsive mentee with mentor correspondence.

Non-Summer Bridge students

For participating in the CLC program, you will receive $150 in the fall and $100 in the spring. You must attend two of three scheduled lunch series, two of four Bridges designated Suter Science Seminars and discussions, and one mentor-planned event for the fall. In the spring, you must attend one of two planned spring events and two of four Bridges Suter Science Seminars. You must also remain a STEM-related major at the end of each semester to be eligible for the stipend as well as a responsive mentee with mentor correspondence.

Leadership

Jennifer Sowers, Bridges project internship coordinator, will oversee the student mentors and provide advice, training and input to maintain cell function. Reach her at or 540-820-0514.

Dr. Roman Miller, EMU professor of biology, serves as a co-principal investigator and project director on this grant. He can be reached at or 540-432-4412.