STEM Scholars Program

The Bucknell STEM Scholars program recognizes talented prospective and current students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The program encourages applicants who are underrepresented in STEM fields — including women, first-generation college students, low-income scholars, and those from diverse backgrounds.

A Head Start on Collegiate Research

Approximately 10 Bucknell STEM Scholars will come to Bucknell's campus the summer before their first year. If you become a Bucknell STEM Scholar, you'll get to know your faculty and peer mentors, learn research methods and begin to transition to college life. You'll live with your peers in a community that brings together your experiences inside and outside of class, and gain a hands-on introduction to laboratory research under the close mentorship of a Bucknell professor. As a Bucknell STEM Scholar, your five-week summer transition and research program will lay the foundation for future research interests as well as your relationships with faculty and peers.

During the summer before your first year at Bucknell, you will:

  • Learn research methods.
  • Conduct research with a faculty mentor and research team.
  • Attend workshops on academic success and the transition to college.
  • Participate in group activities and weekend excursions.
  • Receive a stipend and on-campus housing.
  • Be expected to stay on campus for the duration of the program.

You will also be encouraged to continue working on research projects with faculty and to present your work in oral or poster presentations as well as peer-reviewed scholarship throughout your Bucknell academic career

Program Dates

The STEM Scholars Program has been tentatively set for June 23 to July 26, 2024. Students must enroll at Bucknell to take part in this program.


Professor Emily Stowe, biology
310 Rooke Science Center

How to Apply

Interested students who have been admitted to the Class of 2028 should apply to be considered for the STEM Scholars Program for priority consideration apply before April 15. Rolling acceptance begins on April 15 and ends on April 22. Use the link in the banner below.

Apply to be a STEM Scholar

Examples of projects for STEM Scholars Summer 2022

Below are examples of potential projects students are able to work on during the STEM Scholars Summer program. Note: These are only some of the potential projects available — not the specific list of available projects.