Welcome to DVC’s PUMA STEM Scholars Project!

PUMA STEM Scholars will receive a three-year scholarship of up to $4,300 to complete an Associate’s Degree for transfer to a STEM major.

And that is just the beginning. Program benefits also include:

Cohort Community

Cohort Community

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 major.

Faculty Mentors

Faculty Mentors

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.

Career Exploration

Career Exploration

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.

Dedicated Student Supports

Dedicated Student Supports

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.

PUMA STEM Scholars flyerThe 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.

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What is the PUMA STEM Scholars Project?

Image of student in labThe 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 (lbeaulieu@dvc.edu).

Who is eligible to apply for the PUMA STEM Scholars Project?

Image of student in robotics labFor 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 (12 units).

If you would like more information about the program, please email the Principal Investigator, Ellen Beaulieu (lbeaulieu@dvc.edu).

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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)
    • Math
    • Physics
    • Engineering
  • 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 be:
    • 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 (lbeaulieu@dvc.edu).
  • 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!

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