Instructors in the project offer classroom experiences that challenge, inspire,
and promote collaborative learning. The spirit of the learning communities is to educate,
as you might expect, but to also build community amongst students and faculty. Together,
we will build a strong, FUN start on your transfer path in your science, math or engineering
The PUMA STEM Scholars will be linked with student and faculty mentors. The mentor
experience will improve scholars’ connection to the campus community, provide guidance
to improve your resilience and persistence, and provide a valuable partner throughout
your time at DVC.
PUMA STEM Scholars will be invited into DVC’s MESA Program (Math, Engineering,
and Science Achievement), one of the programs housed in our PUMA Center. Through MESA,
students will have access to community leaders, career exploration opportunities,
DVC STEM Alumni events, and internship opportunities to expand their professional
connections and interests.
PUMA STEM Scholars will build an educational plan in collaboration with a counselor
sensitive to the unique needs of STEM majors with intent to transfer. Scholars will
also receive support from a dedicated Student Retention Specialist committed to connecting
them to college and community supports that meet their needs.
The PUMA STEM Scholars Project is a program funded by the National Science Foundation
to recruit more students into STEM degrees, support them financially and academically
into a successful transfer, and give them mentorship and career exploration opportunities
that help them persist to rewarding careers in science, math, and engineering. This
project is supported by NSF S-STEM Award #2028005.
The PUMA STEM Scholars Project is a Research and Scholarship program funded through
a grant from the National Science Foundation. The project has two major components:
A Learning Community pairing an early Math and Science course common to many STEM
majors with numerous curricular and extracurricular supports.
An annual scholarship renewable for up to three years of up to $4,300 annually for
students who maintain eligibility will be awarded to up to ten students.
Up to ten additional students will be enrolled in the program who will receive all
benefits except the annual scholarship portion.
The project explores the role that learning communities can play in improving successful
transfer outcomes for STEM students. If you would like more information about the
program, please email the Principal Investigator, Ellen Beaulieu (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Who is eligible to apply for the PUMA STEM Scholars Project?
For fall 2021, the PUMA STEM Scholars project will offer the following courses linked
in a learning community:
General Chemistry I (CHEM 120) Fully Online - Meets regularly Mondays and Wednesdays,
10 am - 12:35 pm - Instructor Ellen D. Beaulieu
Precalculus (MATH 191) Fully Online - Meets regularly Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:35-11
am - Instructor Kathy Weber
Students who enroll must take both of these courses in the learning community (10
total units). Scholars may enroll in any other courses to become a full time student
If you would like more information about the program, please email the Principal Investigator,
Ellen Beaulieu (email@example.com).
Who is eligible to receive the PUMA STEM Scholarship
Only students who meet the following criteria are eligible for the annual scholarship.
Students must be:
Working towards a major with intent to transfer to a four-year institution in one
of the following areas:
Biology (but not with a clinical or premedical intent)
Natural Sciences (Chemistry, Geology, Astronomy)
Scholarships will be awarded based on a students unmet financial need in awards of
up to $4,300 annually for up to three years. To maintain scholarship eligibility, students must remain a scholar in good standing. To receive the scholarship, students must
low-income and demonstrate financial need, defined for undergraduate students by rules for need-based Federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have not done so, apply for financial aid now.
a US Citizen, US National, or legally admitted as a refugee or through application for permanent residence. DACA individuals are not eligible for the scholarship unless they meet one of these requirements. If you are not sure, please email the Principal Investigator, Ellen Beaulieu (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you do not meet the requirements for the scholarship, you should still apply! We
have spots for ten scholars who may not receive the financial benefit but who will get
all other benefits of the program!