The Bucknell STEM Scholars program recognizes talented prospective and current students, particularly underrepresented students, who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Conduct research. Get to know your faculty and campus.

Each year, up to 20 Bucknell STEM Scholars – incoming first-year students – will come to Bucknell's campus the summer before their first year. If you become a Bucknell STEM Scholar, you will get to know your faculty and peer mentors, learn research methods and begin to transition to college life. You will live with your peers in a community that brings together your experiences inside and outside of class or the lab.

Receive academic support and mentoring.

During their first year, Bucknell STEM Scholars will

  • participate in a summer transition and research program,
  • reside in a STEM-themed living-learning community,
  • engage in STEM foundation seminars (special first-year coursework) and
  • contribute to an interdisciplinary STEM discussion group.

All Bucknell STEM Scholars will be exposed to research early in their academic careers and will be encouraged to continue working on research projects with faculty and to present their work in oral or poster presentations as well as peer-reviewed scholarship throughout their education.

How to Apply

Online applications will be accepted from admitted students beginning March 31, 2014.

Application Deadline

The deadline for application will be April 18, 2014. Students will be notified if they have been accepted for participation on April 28. There will be a short waitlist.

Program Dates

The five-week summer research session will begin with participants arriving on campus Sunday, June 22, 2014. Orientation to campus and introduction to the research mentor and research teams will start Monday, June 23.

The summer session runs through Friday, July 25 as the last research day; students will depart over the weekend of July 26-27.

Hands-on, Active Research

Bucknell has a dedicated group of teacher-scholars who have chosen to teach and conduct research at an undergraduate institution where they can work closely with students. STEM Scholar research projects provide real-world opportunities to participate in the active research projects of these faculty members.

And it's not just facts and numbers. Students have a very real opportunity to publish their work and present at conferences if they pursue their project with zeal and passion and continue for a second summer. || View the Summer 2014 Projects

A broad program sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Bucknell is honored to have received a generous grant from the National Science Foundation's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program to partially fund the Bucknell STEM Scholars program. The program will provide financial support for approximately 100 science and mathematics majors to participate in two summers of research, starting the summer before they matriculate at Bucknell, and 300 additional students who will participate in the residential learning community. The overall program will benefit a total of 400 students over five years.


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