STEMCats is designed to provide first-year students with an interest in the STEM fields the best resources and support for them to succeed. STEMCats features:
- Faculty Director and a team of administrators devoted to STEMCats student success.
- Located in Ball Hall, close to Jacobs Science Building, WT Young library, campus dining, and the Johnson recreational center.
- Peer mentors- Students are matched with a former STEMCats student of the same or similar major to serve as their mentor for the year. Peer mentors support and guide their mentees by conducting group and 1x1 meetings, leading study hours and programs in the residence hall.
- Programs- STEMCats participate in programming designed to aid them both socially and academically. Programs include; in hall study sessions, pre-health profession and time management workshops, a student resource fair, pizza parties and movie nights.
- Fall connected course: BIO 101- BIO 101 is the fall course specifically designed for STEMCats students to explore research and career opportunities in the different STEM fields through lectures, fun science activities and discussion groups.
- Spring connected course: BIO 199- In BIO 199, small groups of students participate in faculty-led research projects to learn the process of conducting research in a working lab. This is a unique and rare opportunity for first year students and gives them an early start in developing their skills as a researcher.