Frequently Asked Questions

Who is “eligible”?

Any ISU undergraduate who supports the mission and goals of the STEM Scholars. The program is tailored to support students from Underrepresented populations (minority, low income, or first generation) and Transfer students.

What are the requirements for being in the STEM Scholars?

  1. Attend the STEM Scholars Orientation meeting
  2. Meet with Dr. Corey Welch (Director, STEM Scholars) once each semester
  3. Attend evening monthly workshops & you are encouraged to help create workshops with help from Dr. Welch that will serve the STEM Scholars and/or the broader ISU community. List of types/topics of workshops will vary by semester.
  4. Take 1-unit course taught by Dr. Welch: LAS 245: Surviving and Succeeding in a STEM Major within your 1st two years at ISU. Course is offered each semester and meets tentatively on Mondays 4 pm. ENROLLING in the class is during the normal enrollment periods or you can just show up to the first class. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE TO APPLY FOR THE STEM SCHOLARS. Class size limited to 20 students. 
  5. Help create a Peer Tutor program for entry level STEM courses (details to be explained later). Note: Additional Peer tutoring classes are added as this program grows. Example: Biology 211, 212; Chem 177, 178 and Chem 331, 332, Math 165.
  6. Strongly encouraged, but not required: Spend at least 1 summer/semester doing paid research, an internship, or other related professional activity aligned with your major.
  7. Be supportive and a contributing member to the STEM Scholar community.
  8. Respond to emails and surveys from STEM Scholars Staff during their undergraduate years and after graduation from ISU.

When can I join?

All applications will be reviewed at the beginning of each Fall and Spring Semester. You can apply more than once. The application process has TWO components: 1) an online application and 2) a 30-40 min. in-person interview with a STEM Scholar staff member. All applicants will be alerted after the completion of interviews. Not all applicants are selected to be interviewed.

Is there a required HS GPA or ACT/SAT scores to become a member?

No. Your scores are an entry point for a broader discussion of ‘the story behind the numbers’. Your grades and scores do not define you or your potential to be successful in science majors or careers.

Is there a required College GPA to maintain membership?



You will work hard, ask for help, and share what you know with your peers. In return, STEM Scholars will receive coaching, advising, and help in navigating your academic goals.

Do I have to have a STEM major to be in the STEM Scholars?

No, but it significantly helps. Our expertise is in STEM-related pathways, but there is no one “perfect” path for all students. For example, many Pre-med students graduate with non-STEM (e.g. English, Ethnic/Interdisciplinary Studies, etc) majors while taking many of the pre-medical school required courses on the side.

Can I be a STEM Scholar and participate in my learning communities and other groups on campus?

Of course. You are strongly encouraged to get support and learn from wherever you can.

If I am not selected for the STEM Scholars, can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply as many times as you want. Note: Due to time limitations, we are unable to give you individual feedback on your application or interview.

Does STEM Scholars work?

Yes. STEM Scholars is modeled after the nationally recognized, Biology Scholars Program at University of California, Berkeley. Data on student success from this program and others like it demonstrate the approaches in this program works for historically exclude populations and well-represented students.