Scholars in STEM Program

S-STEM Scholarship and Enrichment Program for Transfer Students
intending to pursue their Bachelor of Science in
Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Environmental Science
at Kennesaw State University

2021 S-STEM Flyer and Application
Eligible Majors
Frequently Asked Questions

What is S-STEM? Kennesaw State University and the National Science Foundation have teamed up to provide scholarships for undergrads transferring from any of Georgia’s colleges to KSU through our S-STEM program, Scholars in STEM. Eligible majors include Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Environmental Science. The Program provides scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 per student per academic year towards the cost of instruction (tuition, books, and fees). All applicants must demonstrate financial need using the FAFSA. The actual amount awarded is based on financial need. 

What’s in it for me? In addition to the scholarship money, as an S-STEM student you: (1) participate in professional activities, (2) receive early registration for classes, (3) attend monthly STEM seminars covering careers, research, and skills workshops, (4) have the opportunity to take part in learning communities and “career block” housing, (5) engage in monthly meetings with your advisor, (6) participate in learning and teaching in our STEM tutoring centers, and (7) experience “learning-by-doing” through undergraduate research, internships, and service learning projects. We also provide social events and occasional field trips to build your connection to other S-STEM scholars and students in your major. Finally, as an S-STEM scholar, you will work in research teams led by Kennesaw State University professors, leading to the presentation of your research at professional meetings.

Information on Eligible Majors

Biology is the science of life and living organisms, so this field changes rapidly and dramatically as new information is discovered. More than any other field, Biology encompasses a great scope of exciting topics ranging from ecology and environmental sciences to how the human body works and fights off diseases. Biological research is currently working on some of the world's most interesting problems, like how to solve global warming, how to decipher all the information stored in human DNA, or how to combat diseases like cancer and diabetes or pathogens like HIV, Influenza, and antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

The Biology program at KSU has 9 “tracks” that allow students to customize their education based upon their interests and future goals.  For more information, check out the website on the Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Environmental Science is a broad and interdisciplinary field primarily concerned with the interrelationships between the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, and the biosphere. It integrates diverse scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, hydrology, atmospheric science, oceanography, and toxicology. Students completing this program are prepared to enter into industry, consulting, state agencies, or advanced professional programs in the environmental sciences. Graduates will be educated in assessment and control of pollutants, remediation and restoration of toxic sites, sustainable development, management and conservation of natural resources, and conducting environmental research. For more information, check out the website on the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science.

Chemistry and Biochemistry have long been held as some of the most important fields in science as they are the study of all that is around us at the smallest level --the building blocks of the world. The study of chemistry ranges from physical chemistry where students study chemistry at the smallest scale, to organic chemistry where students explore the science of nature as we know it. Biochemistry is a cross between Biology and Chemistry, where the focus is on biological molecules, their structure, and how they function at a molecular level in the human body. 

Five “tracks” allow chemistry students to customize their education, based upon their interest.  For more information, check out the website on the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Scholarship Program

ELIGIBILITY

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

THE PROGRAM

ELIGIBILITY

What are the qualifications of the scholarship program?

To be eligible for the scholarship program, students must be transferring at least 45 credit hours into KSU, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and have grades of C or better in all math or science courses. Students must also qualify for financial aid, as determined by the FAFSA. Students must also plan to be a full-time student (12+ credit hours/semester) and pursue a bachelor's degree at Kennesaw State University in one of the eligible majors, namely Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Environmental Science. Students must not have previously received a bachelor's degree, although students with associate degrees are encouraged and will receive higher consideration. Students must also be U.S. citizens (or eligible for federal funding).

I'm a transfer student with over two years of courses.  Do I qualify? 
This scholarship program requires that a student has already obtained at least 60 credits when they transfer.  Students with fewer than 60 credit hours do not qualify, regardless of how many years you have been studying elsewhere.

I'm transferring to KSU before my associate's degree is finished, and then I'll transfer some of the KSU courses back to my 2-year institution to obtain my associate's degree.  Do I qualify?
Yes, as long as you have completed at least 60 credit hours.

I already have a bachelor's degree.  Do I qualify?
No, this program is for students looking to continue their educational path by completing their bachelor's degree after obtaining their associate's degree or transferring from another institution. You are not eligible if you have a bachelor's degree, even if you also have obtained an associate's degree or if the bachelor's degree is in another major.

I've been at KSU for at least a semester, and I just found out about the program.  Am I still eligible?
No, only incoming students that have not already taken courses at KSU are eligible to apply.

I'm applying to start in the spring semester, rather than the fall semester. Can I still apply?
In this case, please contact the program director to see if any scholarships are available. The scholarships are initially awarded for the fall semester, but often there are scholarships left over from the previous semester or from students leaving the program.

I'd like to take classes at KSU part-time. Am I eligible?
A requirement of this grant by the National Science Foundation is that students must attend classes full-time to receive the scholarship.  At KSU, this means a student must enroll in at least 12 credit hours during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

How do you verify that I've completed an associate's degree or have the minimum number of 60 credit hours?
You will need to have an official transcript sent directly to KSU from your previous institution. Unofficially copies are not accepted. Please do not send this directly to the scholarship committee.

I won't have completed my associate's degree until the summer before I'm transferring to KSU. Can I still apply?
Yes, and your application will be reviewed when it is complete.  If selected for the program, you will not receive any scholarship funding until after an updated transcript is received that states your degree has been completed.

I've missed the recommended application deadline. Can I still apply?
Yes.  Priority is given to those that apply by the application deadline, but you are welcome to apply and will be considered if scholarships remain.

How many scholarships do you have each year?
A maximum of 8 scholarships are awarded each year.

Will you contact my references directly?
No. You will need to ask your references to send their letters of recommendation directly to the program director. Your reference will receive a confirmation e-mail when their letter is received. Your recommendation letters are an important part of your application so be sure to give your references ample time to complete them (a month is recommended).

What happens after my application is received?
When all parts of your application have been submitted, including your letters of recommendation, the financial aid office will verify your eligibility and your application will be reviewed by the program committee. An interview will be requested of students that proceed to the next review round. A final decision concerning your application and interview will be sent out by the end of July or early August, depending upon when you submitted the application.

THE PROGRAM

What do you mean that this is a "Scholarship and Enrichment Program," rather than just a scholarship?
In addition to scholarship money, this program provides additional enrichment opportunities that help students prepare for careers or future educational opportunities. It is expected that students will participate in these activities in order to continue receiving the scholarship (see below).

What advantages does the scholarship program include?
There are many advantages in addition to the scholarship money. Please see the "What's in it for me?" section at the top of the page for more information.

Does the scholarship program include reduced tuition, fee, or housing rates?
The scholarship provides up to $5000 per semester and can go towards the cost of instruction and related costs (tuition, fees, books, and housing). Tuition, fees, and housing rates are set by the University and are not negotiable.

For how long can I continue to be part of the scholarship program?
The scholarship is rewarded on a per-semester basis and is renewable for a maximum of 2 semesters with satisfactory progress and available funding.

What are the expectations of me if I receive the scholarship?  
To maintain good standing in the program, progress reports will be solicited from your professors throughout the semester and should indicate that you have been attending class and doing satisfactorily in the course work. You will also be expected to participate in extra enrichment activities throughout the semester and record your progress in a Program Booklet that will be given to you at the beginning of each semester. Attendance at qualifying activities earns you "enrichment points." First-semester program participants must achieve 3 enrichment points, while students in their second, third, or fourth semesters of the program must accomplish 5 enrichment points each semester. The number of enrichment points varies per activity; for example, attending a research seminar is worth 1 enrichment point, while performing and presenting undergraduate research at a conference or symposium is worth 3 enrichment points. These requirements and more information about qualifying enrichment activities is discussed with participants at a meeting at the beginning of each semester.

What do I need to do to continue receiving the scholarship?
To continue receiving the scholarship, you must maintain good standing in the program (please see the "expectations" question above) and in the University. You must also maintain full-time student status (12+ credits/semester) and a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all your KSU courses. Courses taken previously do not factor in to your Institutional GPA. You must also maintain financial aid and citizenship eligibility.

 

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