NSF logoSTEP@UCO: Summer Bridge Program for Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students in Mathematics and Science

Applications Available February 6, 2015

Welcome to the website for the STEP@UCO program. STEP refers to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program as funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Our emphasis in this program is on supporting undergraduate research and education. A Summer Bridge program, held during the month of July, is offered for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The program is for incoming UCO freshmen as well as community college students who plan to transfer to UCO, Langston, East Central, or Northeastern.  On-campus housing is available at no cost to participants.

Summer Bridge for Incoming Freshmen: We recruit students from high schools into a Summer Bridge program in which they are exposed to both teaching and research (laboratory and/or field) activities and support them with stipends. Participants will get a head-start on their college education by working with faculty mentors from the UCO College of Mathematics and Science on research projects during the month of July. Summer Bridge participants will receive a $1,000 stipend. Students who wish to continue with their research receive $800 stipends during their freshman year. Click here for brochure.

Summer Bridge for Transfer Students: The program is designed for students transferring from a community college to one of four state universities--UCO, Langston, East Central, and Northeastern--who plan to major in a STEM discipline. Participants will work with faculty mentors from one of the four universities to which they plan to transfer.  They will work with faculty on research projects during the month of July, and receive a $1,000 stipend. Click here for a brochure.

Summer Research Program for High School Science and Mathematics Teachers: High school teachers have the opportunity to participate in research with UCO faculty during the month of July (same schedule as above). Teachers work alongside the Summer Bridge student participants and faculty mentors to increase their research experience. These experiences gained by the teachers are valuable for integration into the STEM curricula in their high school classrooms. Each teacher participant will receive a $2,000 stipend. 

For more information on STEP@UCO, please contact Dr. Evan Lemley, cmsosp@uco.edu or 405 974-5473.