What is S-STEM?

S-STEM stands for “Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”. It is a program of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goals of the S-STEM program are to:

  • Increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM

  • Improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students; and

  • Generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students.

“MAKERS” is the title of the S-STEM program awarded by NSF to a Consortium of six Universities in Alabama (Tuskegee University, Alabama A&M University, Auburn University, Auburn University Montgomery, Lawson State Community College, Southern Union State Community College) and Oakland University in Michigan.