Posted: 2/02/23

Applications Now Open for TAMIU’s USTEM Program


Leonela Preciado

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) encourages incoming first-year students to participate in a one-year enrichment program focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Applications are currently open for the TAMIU-USTEM program, an innovative, U.S. National Science Foundation-funded (NSF-1953679) research and development program preparing students for academic success and future careers in STEM fields. Participants are eligible for a generous stipend, can earn credit hours, and have an opportunity to participate in an out-of-town field trip. 

Students can complete their application at https://go.tamiu.edu/ustem-apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 28.  

Applicants must be an incoming first-year student, a declared STEM major, and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Individuals must also commit to enrolling in 12 credit hours every semester during the duration of the program, which includes both Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters. 

Accepted applicants must be able to participate in USTEM’s one-month-long Summer Camp, which begins July 3. 

Program participants are eligible to receive a $3,500 stipend, with monthly payments of $350 made over 10 months. The program focuses on improving and increasing undergraduate STEM graduation and retention rates, research participation, working alongside peers majoring in STEM, and allows students to obtain six credit hours that count toward their degree. 

Leonela Preciado, TAMIU-USTEM program manager, noted additional excursions planned for students, including traveling to institutions promoting research and development initiatives.  

“We take students on an out-of-town trip to meet other researchers and network. Last year we went to the Galveston National Laboratory and this year, we are going to Southwest Research Institute,” Preciado said.  

Additional program endeavors include opportunities for students to present their ongoing research projects, Preciado explained. “Students create a research project pertaining to their field at the end of the year and present it at a small USTEM Expo we host. We also partner with the TAMIU Office of Career Services to give students a presentation on options for careers in STEM,” she observed.

There is no minimum GPA for program acceptance. Applicants are part of a random selection process and, if selected, will be eligible for compensation. 

Additional information on the University’s USTEM program is available at https://www.tamiu.edu/coas/ustem/index.shtml

For more, please contact Leonela Preciado at 956.326.2464, email ustem@tamiu.edu or visit the Academic Innovation Center, room 313.

University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday.

University information is also online at tamiu.edu and throughout TAMIU’s social channels on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.