Us in STEM is dedicated to broadening the participation of underrepresented students interested in pursuing careers in a STEM discipline. We level the playing field and remove barriers to entry into STEM by building community, and providing students with transformative programming and internships to gain valuable skills and technical experience. All College students are eligible for the program, and students engaged in Black, African American, and Hispanic/Latinx communities are highly encouraged to participate.
Select programming and summer internships are supported by a generous gift from Frank Baker, AB ’94, co-founder and managing partner at Siris Capital and University Trustee. Students who are supported in pursuing summer opportunities through this gift are honored as Baker Scholars.
Workshops, Programming, and Internships
The program offers a comprehensive series of workshops to help students grow their confidence and develop the knowledge and skills needed to launch a successful career in the STEM disciplines. Us in STEM scholars will also have access to a broad network of alumni and STEM professionals from all backgrounds including women and people of color. Potential future workshop topics and themes are below:
- Us in STEMConnections: Students will attend monthly STEMConnection sessions to establish community, participate in group career advising sessions, and more. Students will connect with a diverse set of speakers in a range of STEM industries who will share their journey and how they positioned themselves for success in their respective fields. Prior STEMConnection topics have included a workshop on mitigating imposter syndrome, a panel of successful alumni in STEM careers, a speaker session with the National Science Foundation, and more.
- Treks & Professional Development Opportunities: Students will participate in industry treks that will provide opportunities to meet employers and grow their network. Additionally, students may have opportunities to attend professional conferences such as the Grace Hopper Conference, Black in Tech, ComputeHer, SACNAS and more.
- Micro-Metcalfs: Micro-Metcalfs are short-term, “micro-internship” experiences. These paid projects will give students the opportunity to learn new skills and connect with employers across several industries.
- Internship Funding: Funding is available for students who are accepted into the program to pursue substantive summer internships.
- Programming that cultivates the technical and soft skills needed for a successful STEM career
- Access to a network of STEM professionals via workshops with leading STEM organizations and employers
- UChicago community development to support your STEM career exploration
- Advising with industry specialists
Students are encouraged to check UChicago Handshake frequently for updates about upcoming events.
Academic Year 2021 - 2022 Program Application Cycle
Us in STEM is now accepting applications from all 1st – 4th year students from all majors.
How to Apply
- Applications will be accepted from July 12th – August 1st.
- Please submit your application here.
- Resume, no longer than one page
- Statement of Purpose (up to 750 words) addressing the following prompts:
- Why is the mission of Us in STEM important to you?
- Describe what area of STEM you are most interested in and why?
- What are your career aspirations and how would you like to impact/advance your STEM field?
- How have your past experiences and activities prepared you to make a valuable contribution to the cohort, and advance the program mission? Past experiences may include internships, coursework, student organizations/clubs, etc.
- How do you envision this program helping you to grow into a STEM field?
- Students who wish to learn more about US in STEM may register for a coffee chat.
To get involved or to learn more about the program, please contact Scott Summers at email@example.com.