This course builds upon the Freshman STEM Ambassadors Program Experience. The sophomore experience is approximately 50% research experience & 50% STEM AP programming. Students will be in small groups with a faculty mentor for the research experience and it will involve some combination of the following types of activities: (i) participating in a lab-based journal club, (ii) attending lab meetings, (ii) touring the laboratory, (iii) attending lab-based seminars, (iv) perhaps engaging in a research project or lab tasks if appropriate, (v) being advised by the faculty member, (vi) being mentored by the graduate student. The goal of this part of the experience is to connect students with labs and connect faculty with students who in later years may be well suited for more independent work. In addition to the research experience, The STEM AP program will continue to support the students through one-on-one mentoring, further skills development workshops, and occasional social events to build our community.
The overall goal of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Ambassadors Program is to increase levels of retention and graduation of STEM students and increase the number of students who enroll in graduate studies or pursue careers in STEM fields Freshmen work in small groups with a pair of graduate student mentors that they select based on STEM interests. They engage in a variety of activities related to STEM research and engagement. Students experience the STEM research culture at the university explore research happening on campus at UMASS Amherst. The design of the STEM Ambassadors Program takes into account the fact that choosing a career in STEM is a decision that is not just academic, but also involves choosing a lifestyle and understanding the possible outcomes of a STEM major. This program provides academic support, advising and extracurricular activities that will allow students to strengthen the transferable skills needed to succeed in STEM coursework, the laboratory, and beyond and to actually imagine and experience what a career in STEM might mean. All Freshmen interested in participating can find more information at