Our Members

Established Fall 2016

We currently have 260 members (including 94 Alumni).  Spring 2024: Currently updating data on all of the 94 alumni. 

Our membership is comprised of: 60% students of color, 59% financially disadvantaged, 71% first generation, & 72% female.

Leadership & Science Award Recipients 

In our 8+ years, the STEM Scholars members have been highly successful. Despite entering ISU with lower average ACT scores than their campus peers (23 vs. 25), STEM Scholars graduate at much higher rates (4-year graduation rates: 79% vs. 51%). The 6-year graduation rate is 93%. The program has earned a variety of campus and National awards (italics), including a Goldwater Scholar, 4 NSF GRFPs (Graduate Research Fellowship Program), Ernest Hollins Scholar, Udall Scholar, 20 McNair Scholars, 24 SHPEP alumni, MLK Advancing One Award, 26 Community Advisors, at least 22 published peer reviewed papers, ~60 have presented research at National Research Conferences, and a growing number of alumni have completed Masters or are currently in Veterinary Science, MD and PhD programs. Our first two PhDs (Microbiology, Organic Chemistry) are slated to be completed by May 2024-2025.


Lifelong Learning

  • 63


  • 11

    PhD Students

  • 12


  • 6

    Health Programs

This remains to be updated, but 7 STEM Scholars will be starting PhDs in the Fall 2024.
Notre Dame (Chemical Engineering)
Iowa State (Molecular & Cellular Biology)
RPI (Astronomy)
UAB (Cancer Biology)
St. Jude Research Hospital (Genetics)
Ohio State (Chemistry)
1 deciding between Yale, Michigan, Notre Dame, Darthmouth (MCB)


11 PhD students: Biological Sciences: UC San Diego Scripps Oceanographic (Marine Biology), Cornell University (Plant Path. & Plant-Microbe Biology),Iowa State (Microbiology), Penn State University (Biology), University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Food Science), Virginia Tech (Biological Systems Engineering), University of Washington (Biology), Yale University (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology). Chemistry: Texas A&M; Occupational Therapy: Drake University; Education: UC Berkeley

12 Masters: American University (Sustainability Management), Iowa State (Anthropology), 3 Iowa State Biomedical Sciences, Iowa State University (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology), 2 Mercy College of Medicine (Lab Sciences), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Biomechanics), St. Cloud State (Biology), University of Saint Louis (Education, Student Affairs), Tufts University (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology);

6 Health Programs: A.T. Still University Health (DO), Baylor School of Medicine (Public Health), Elmhurst University (MS Nursing), Grandview University (Nursing), New York College of Podiatric Medicine (Podiatry), University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Nutrition & Integrated Health (Dietetics)

4 Veterinary Programs (VMCAS)Colorado State University, Cornell University, Iowa State University, Ross University.

4 Postbac Program: Americorp (Univ of Georgia), Iowa State University, Mayo Clinic, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

7 working in private sector or government STEM-related jobs. Tesla, Cytiva, GALT Inc., JBS, CVS Pharmacy, Grinnell Mutual, NOAA Guam.

17 are On-Going: 3 left STEM career pathways.

New Member Orientation Photos