OR AMP STEM Scholars Program

The  OR AMP STEM Scholars program is an exciting new program being offered to students participating in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree programs at WOU. The STEM Scholars program seeks to support traditionally underrepresented minority students interested in going into any one of the STEM fields. As a STEM Scholar, you will have the opportunity to participate in study skills workshops, apply for internship and research positions, build one-on-one relationships with WOU faculty, visit local STEM industry sites, and receive tutoring and advice from peer mentors.

STEM Scholars Summer Bridge

STEM Scholars students participate in a 10-day summer bridge program focusing on community building and academic exploration. During this time, students will:

  • Meet other first-year students interested in STEM discipliness
  • Go Rafting on the McKenzie River
  • Compete in the OSU Challenge Course.
  • Learn about research opportunities and participate in skill building activities
  • Connect with a community of diverse peers before classes even start!

Students interested in learning more about WOU programs in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, or the Health-related fields as a career option and who self identify as one or more of the following are eligible to apply:

  • Black/African American
  • Latina/o
  • Native American/Alaskan Native
  • Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian

This project was supported by Grant HB3072, awarded by Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission. The opinions, findings, conclusion, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission or Western Oregon University.

OR AMP is focused on

increasing the participation and retention of URM students to create a community of diverse scholars. Creating diversity in STEM disciplines is critical to answering some of the major questions and problems facing humanity. As noted by Professor Scott:

“When we consider scientific research as group problem-solving, instead of the unveiling of individual brilliance, diversity becomes key to excellence. In his book, The Difference, Professor Scott Page lays out a mathematical rationale and logic for diversity. He shows that, when trying to solve complex problems (i.e., the sort of thing scientists are paid to do), progress often results from diverse perspectives. That is, the ability to see the problem differently, not simply “being smart,” often is the key to a breakthrough. As a result, when groups of intelligent individuals are working to solve hard problems, the diversity of the problem solvers matters more than their individual ability. Thus, diversity is not distinct from enhancing overall quality–it is integral to achieving it.”

Gibbs, K. Jr. (2014) Scientific American.

"Diversity — of thought, perspective, and experience — is essential for excellence in research and innovation in science and engineering"

Frances Cordova, Director of the National Science Foundation



STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

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