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FAQ for STEM Undergraduates

  1. Determine your end goal. For example, what is your desired career or the purpose of you pursuing an undergraduate degree?
  2. Speak with your advisors, professors, fellow students, and professionals for their thoughts on the best pathway to attain this goal. In other words, which classes should you be in, what actives are recommended to be a part of, is your chose major the best for this pathway, etc.
  1. Click HERE for a brief overview of the High-Impact Educational Practices, an Excerpt from High-Impact Educational Practices: What They Are, Who Has Access to Them, and Why They Matter, by George D. Kuh (AAC&U, 2008). The main points summarized are:
    • High-Impact Educational Practices: A Brief Overview
    • First-Year Seminars and Experiences
    • Common Intellectual Experiences
    • Learning Communities
    • Writing-Intensive Courses
    • Collaborative Assignments and Projects
    • Undergraduate Research
    • Diversity/Global Learning
    • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
    • Internships
    • Capstone Courses and Projects
  2. STEM Gateways 8 Tips for Success (click HEREfor more)
    • Ask questions. Ask thousands of questions!
    • Meet people in your major as soon as possible
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields are highly connected
    • Keep your goals in sight
    • Our friends profoundly influence our values and expectations
    • Don’t miss class
    • College policies and procedures are complicated and are not always explained in terms that make sense to new students
    • Enroll in a PLF Supported course at UNM
  3. You can find a “Road Map to Success” on the second page of THIS brochure by the Center for Academic Excellence & Leadership Development .
  • Why study STEM? Georgetown did a cumulative study on workforce opportunities for those with and without STEM degrees. Check it out HERE
  • Read about STEM-UP at CNM’s STEM Career Information HERE
  • Learn about New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Occupational Bulletin for Science & Engineering Jobs in New Mexico HERE
  • Thinking about a STEM Career, HERE are 7 things to know