1. What is the STEM Exploration Series (SES)?
The STEM Exploration Series (SES) within Letters and Sciences (LTSC) provides student with the opportunity to explore the world of STEM through a variety of resources including exploratory guest lecture seminars, STEM focuses UNIV100/107 courses, and valuable research and leadership opportunities. Additionally, LTSC students benefit from working with advisors who are well versed in the admissions’ requirements for STEM and parallel major options. By taking advantage of these resources, students are able to explore different STEM careers and related educational programs while refining their career goals and academic interests.
2. How does someone become a part of SES?
Any student in Letters and Sciences who might be interested in a career in STEM is welcome to take part in all or part of the opportunities offered through SES by signing up for a class, workshop, or seminar. You should talk with your academic advisor concerning your interest and eligibility for the programs and opportunities.
3. I'm interested in STEM. Is UNIV100 & 107 for SES required?
No, these classes are recommended, but not required, for any student who is contemplating a career in STEM and would like the assistance of the STEM Exploration Series.
4. I'm not enrolled in UNIV100/107, can I attend SES events?
Yes, while enrollment in UNIV 100/107 may make attendance at some opportunities mandatory, the events are open to all Letters and Sciences students.
5. How will SES help me with my plans to apply to a STEM LEP? (Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences and Policy-Biodiversity and Conservation, Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering, Materials Engineering and Mechanical Engineering)
Through our classes, lecture series and challenges, the STEM program will offer assistance in the application process into STEM LEP programs. However, we will also expose students to parallel majors that can assist students in achieving their career goals.
6. Does participation in SES guarantee me admissions to an LEP?
No, each STEM LEP program is entirely responsible for their own admission decisions. While we do consult with them to make sure that our students have the best information for completing their applications in a successful manner that is the only connection STEM Exploration Series has with each STEM LEP program.
7. Applications for admissions, internships, etc. ask for leadership, research skills and study abroad experience how do I get that?
All students at UMD are strongly encouraged to be active and involved. You can find opportunities to join organizations and departments such as, but not limited to, the Residence Hall Association, Office of Community Service Learning, Student Government Association, and several major specific group organizations (http://thestamp.umd.edu/activities/student_org_resource_center_sorc).
The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research is dedicated to promoting and facilitating research experiences for undergraduate students. To find out more about undergraduate research visit: http://www.ugresearch.umd.edu/
Education abroad provides opportunities for international, academically-based experiences in support of students’ personal, professional and intellectual development. For more specific information on Education abroad visit: http://www.international.umd.edu/studyabroad/9850