NSF logoCenter for Undergraduate Research and Education in Science, Technology, Engineering,
& Mathematics Student Scholars Program
(CURE S-STEM Scholars)

The UCO College of Mathematics & Science announces the UCO CURE S-STEM Scholar Program, funded by a National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant. CURE S-STEM Scholars may receive up to $5,100 in scholarship funds per year for up to four years. This program aims to recruit academically talented undergraduates with financial need into science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines and to mentor and support them through the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a STEM field.

CURE S-STEM Scholars

Student Eligibility 
CURE S-STEM Scholars must 

  • be a Summer Bridge participant (past or current);
  • be citizens of the United States, nationals of the U.S., aliens admitted as refugees, or aliens lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence;
  • have a declared major of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, the mathematical sciences, or physics;
  • be enrolled full-time for each semester in which a scholarship is received;
  • have completed the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) and have demonstrated financial need as determined by the UCO Office of Student Financial Services;
  • have a minimum UCO GPA of 3.0 (cumulative and within the major), and/or otherwise demonstrate successful progress towards and commitment to the completion of a STEM degree, including through previous participation in undergraduate research activities.

Benefits of Participation

Experience indicates that the most successful scholarship programs involve a group of students who are supported as part of an active learning community and in some way naturally associate during the scholarship period. Participation in enrichment activities that facilitate interaction with peers and faculty such as seminars, field trips, and social activities are therefore regarded as important components of the program.

Beyond the receipt of scholarship funds, additional benefits for CURE S-STEM Scholars include

  • a support network of STEM faculty and peers
  • participation in research roundtables, guest lectures, field trips, and social events
  • travel funds to present research at regional and national conferences

Expectations and Criteria for Retention of Student Scholarships

Scholarship awards are renewable each semester for a maximum of four years. Scholars must be enrolled full-time, be in good academic standing, and have continued financial need in each semester of support.

CURE S-STEM Scholars will be asked to submit their photograph and a one-paragraph biography for posting on the CURE-STEM website: http://cms.uco.edu/curestem/index.html).

CURE S-STEM Scholars are expected to participate regularly in CURE S-STEM events and meet regularly with the CURE S-STEM advisor.

While it is expected that CURE S-STEM Scholars will maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (both overall and in the major), the Scholar's overall academic performance (including through previous participation in undergraduate research activities) and progress towards the STEM degree will be considered.

Several studies have indicated that students who participate in undergraduate research are significantly more likely (e.g., 80% vs. 59%) to attend graduate school than those who do not. Moreover, a nationwide assessment of undergraduate research experiences in STEM fields found that the likelihood of a student attaining a STEM graduate degree increases with the duration of the research experience. Since the scholarship funds are intended to allow Scholars to concentrate on full-time studies rather than work, continued participation in undergraduate research is encouraged as one of several ways in which students can ensure progress toward a STEM degree.

To Apply:

Beginning in Summer 2010, applicants for Summer Bridge will automatically be considered for the CURE S-STEM Scholar program provided they have filed a FAFSA with the UCO Office of Student Financial Services. Summer Bridge participants from previous years may apply by submitting a current UCO transcript and a letter of recommendation from a STEM professor addressing his/her ability to succeed in the STEM major to

Dr. Charlotte Simmons
100 N. University Drive, Box 177
Edmond, OK 73034

Applicants are expected to have a minimum cumulative UCO GPA of 3.0, as well as a cumulative 3.0 GPA in the major. However, the applicant's overall academic performance (including through previous participation in undergraduate research activities) and progress towards the STEM degree will be considered.

Members of underrepresented groups (women, minorities, and persons with disabilities) are encouraged to apply.

Contact Information:

For more information, contact Dr. Charlotte Simmons at (405) 974-2722 or via email at cksimmons@uco.edu.