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STEM Scholars Program

You are drawn to study science because you want to know how the world works. You have an idea about what your chosen major can do. But in this day and age, specializing may not get you where you want to go—what happens if you can work with other scientists and engineers—those outside your discipline? What do you think you can achieve? 

This is the purpose of the STEM Scholars Program: supporting students majoring in STEM fields, such as Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering, where in your first year you will be encouraged to connect with peers who think like you do, but have diverse perspectives. You'll also live in the highly-coveted Northside Commons residence hall, in a wing specifically set aside for your fellow STEM scholars. During your first three semesters,  you will get a jump start on forming collaborations and research ideas to move forward within your major. Your chances to interact with your friends and fellow scientists and engineers will expand beyond those in your classes or your residence hall. Working collaboratively and combining your knowledge from multiple fields, you will be supported and encouraged to identify, understand, and directly impact real-world problems in our immediate community and beyond.

In your third semester, there will be an opportunity to apply for the newly assembled York Engaged Scholars (YES). The YES program will allow you to continue your multidisciplinary skill-building by working with other scholars on design thinking, entrepreneurial design and invention processes. Through these opportunities, you will have a deeper understanding of how you can work with other scientists and scholars to apply your specialized knowledge and, ultimately, change the world. Priority will be given to applications received by March 15, 2024. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis after that date.

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Chemistry Students

Application Criteria

This program will span the first 3 semesters of your degree. Both curricular (a common course each semester) and co-curricular (research projects, community outreach, etc.) activities will be part of your experiences in this special Learning Community. By applying to this program you are indicating that you understand the requirements of the STEM Scholars Program, and you are aware that your commitment to the STEM Scholars Program is for 3 semesters.
  • Be a first-time student at York College of Pennsylvania.
  • Show interest in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, and/or math.
  • Demonstrate academic ability or promising potential in STEM (High School or Transfer GPA, SAT scores, and essay responses will be considered as part of the application).
  • Agree to enroll in the required courses for this learning community, including General Chemistry I lecture and lab, CHM 134/CHM 135.
  • Agree to live on campus for your first year as part of the residential learning community (there is limited space for commuters).

Interested? Here is why you should consider this program.

  • The opportunity to build a lasting community with other scientists.

    All STEM Scholars will live on campus in a residence hall with the other scholars for the first year. You will take classes together, study together, and live together—which will enhance your personal and interpersonal development. Bonus: your RA will be a STEM major!

  • The opportunity to participate in meaningful work by targeting a broad problem.

    Woven throughout your first two years at YCP is the STEM Colloquium (STM 100 and STM 200). This course serves as the meeting point for your collaboration and innovative work with other scientists to impact the world. In STM 100 you will work with faculty and community partners to identify an interdisciplinary project that is relevant to the field.

  • The exposure to multi-faceted mentoring.

    The STEM Scholars will have the opportunity to work one on one with:

    • Other STEM students as peer mentors
    • Innovative and interdisciplinary faculty
    • Leading members of local industries

    A multi-prong approach to mentoring will provide you with countless resources and support for developing your academic and career plans.

Contact Us
STEM Scholars Program
Dr. Jessica M. Fautch, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Campbell Hall, Room 211A
Phone: 717.815.1328