School of Arts and Sciences - National Science Foundation STEP

National Science Foundation STEP - FOCUSS

The NSF STEP/FOCUSS (Four Corners Undergraduate STEM Success) is a partnership between Fort Lewis College and San Juan College (a 2-year community college in Farmington, New Mexico), designed to increase the number of students in the Four Corners are who graduate with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) degrees.

This grant financed by the National Science Foundation, funds activities that complement existing programs at FLC aimed at retaining first-year students and providing support to Native American and Hispanic students, and providing undergraduate research experience to junior and senior STEM majors. These activities include:

  • Recruiting Visits FLC STEM faculty and students to SJC, to encourage students at SJC to continue their education by transferring to FLC.

  • The STEM Peer Mentor Program is for FLC sophomores and new transfer students. It is designed to improve retention between first-year courses and upper-level courses at FLC.

  • A Summer Research Program for freshman and sophomores, designed to encourage SJC students to continue to a 4-year degree (especially at FLC) and to encourage FLC students to stay in a STEM major.