NSF S-STEM Scholarship Program at UVa-Wise

NSF S-STEM Scholarship Program at UVa-Wise

Individual scholarships providing $5,000 per year for up to four years are available to support academically talented and low-income students pursuing degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Environmental Sciences in the Department of Natural Sciences

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) is an initiative through the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education that aims to support academically talented and low-income students pursue degrees in STEM fields

NSF S-STEM Scholarships at UVa-Wise
Up to $5,000 annually for 4 years for freshmen ($20,000 total) and up to $5,000 annually for 2.5 years for transfer students ($12,500 total), depending on financial need

NSF S-STEM Scholar Benefits

  • A customized freshman and transfer orientation
  • Cohort membership and support
  • A faculty mentoring program
  • Increased support in General Chemistry
  • Specialized instruction in scientific writing
  • Access to industry internships
  • Stipends to attend scientific conferences
  • Research experience in the area of Environmental Genomics or Environmental Chemistry, which includes designing a project, training on research-grade instrumentation, and a research budget

NSF S-STEM Scholar at UVa-Wise eligibility requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, national, or refugee
  • Demonstrate financial need, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education rules for Federal financial aid, and have filed a FAFSA form with the UVa-Wise Financial Aid Office
  • Accepted to UVa-Wise as a full-time freshman or transfer B.S. student in the Department of Natural Sciences majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Environmental Sciences (clinical fields are not eligible)

Desired qualifications

  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA or top 25% of graduating class for freshmen
  • Associates degree with 2.5 GPA for transfers

Application requirements

  • A personal statement articulating STEM interests and accomplishments as well as motivations to pursue a STEM education
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a high school guidance counselor or science teacher or community college professor) describing science aptitude, potential, talent, motivation, resilience, ability to manage time and resources, and communication skills
  • Interviews for finalists to ascertain maturity, motivation, leadership, determination, and persistence

 

NSF S-STEM Program at UVa-Wise, Directors

Josephine Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology and NSF S-STEM Principal Investigator

Margie Tucker, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences

Floyd Beckford, Ph.D.
Professor and Van Daniel III Endowed Chair in Chemistry

Bruce Cahoon, Ph.D.
Professor and Buchanan Endowed Chair in Biology

To apply to become an NSF S-STEM Scholar at UVa-Wise contact

Josephine Rodriguez
jrodriguez@uvawise.edu
(276) 376-3439

Download the application form

Questions
NSF_SSTEM@uvawise.edu

Funding source
The NSF S-STEM Program at UVa-Wise is supported by NSF DUE 1833781 “Bridging the Natural Sciences and Liberal Arts to Increase Retention, Graduation, and Career Preparedness”

Disclaimer
Views expressed here are do not necessarily reflect views of the National Science Foundation