STEM Smart is the umbrella outreach program of the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University which enhances the participation of underrepresented or economically disadvantaged students pursuing degrees in the social and physical sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics. The programs draw from both Stony Brook, state and national resources to coach, mentor, and financially support pre-college, undergraduate and graduate students.
All STEM Smart students have special mentoring relationships with Stony Brook faculty, including internship and research opportunities. Students receive career preparation workshops, tutoring services and financial support depending on need and GPA. Special efforts are made to engage African American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Island and economically disadvantaged students interested in STEM-related fields. Also, several programs collaborate with efforts to enhance the participation of females and persons with disabilities in STEM.
The array of programs and activities collectively referred to as STEM Smart all support the following four-part mission:
- To increase the number of underrepresented students at every level who are prepared for and succeed in courses, science competitions, and degree programs in STEM.
- To prepare students to succeed in STEM-related jobs, including high-technology industries, education (teachers and professors), and research in private industry or government labs.
- To engage in scholarship in STEM education, especially as it relates to the successful participation of underrepresented groups in STEM.
- To provide national leadership in collecting and disseminating information regarding effective practices in scholarship and program implementation in diversity education in the STEM-related disciplines.