Program Overview/History

Bryn Mawr College has a long history of excellence in STEM. In 1998, the College was one of only eight institutions nationwide to receive the NSF/Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. This award recognized the College’s extraordinary success in encouraging and training women in physics. In 2003, the National Task Force on Undergraduate Physics chose Bryn Mawr as one of 21 institutions with an exemplary and thriving physics department. Since 2001, Bryn Mawr has partnered with the Posse Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing educational institutions’ ability to enroll and ensure success of students who are at risk of being overlooked by selective institutions’ admissions criteria. The Posse program at Bryn Mawr was extended by President Kim Cassidy in 2014, to include the participation of populations underrepresented in STEM by hosting a specific STEM Posse cohort each year in addition to the traditional Posse cohort. With the intent to build on this tradition of inclusive STEM practices and STEM education, the STEMLA program began in the summer of 2021.

At the core of the STEMLA program is the immersive summer experience, where selected STEMLA Fellows partake in a four-week program meant to introduce them to both the College and Bryn Mawr’s many STEM majors. The STEMLA program welcomed its inaugural cohort of 19 Fellows in the summer of 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the STEMLA Summer Program was held remotely. Starting in 2022, the summer program will be held in-person on Bryn Mawr’s campus.

Program Benefits

Eligible STEMLA Fellows will have access to the following:

  • A fully funded, immersive summer research program that prepares students for college life and participation in STEM majors and fields
  • Participation in the STEMLA Laptop Program (if needed)
  • Participation in a ‘Scientific Thinking’ course during the fall of the first year that emphasizes quantitative and graphic analysis skills, the scientific inquiry process, and STEM career paths
  • A tight knit cohort and community of peers in STEM
  • Funded lab assistant opportunities
  • An extensive mentorship team of both faculty and staff
  • Funding for attendance and presentations at scholarly conferences
  • Funded opportunities to participate in off-campus summer research programs
  • Funding for GRE test and test preparation
  • Paid membership to the Association for Women in Science
  • Access to STEM review sessions during the academic year
  • Access to STEM specific work and social spaces

Program benefits may vary based on financial aid packages, academic year, citizenship status, availability of funds, and grant requirements. If you have questions about your eligibility for program benefits, please contact Kelsey Obringer or Dean Leslie Castrejon.


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