STEM Transfer Scholars Program
Transfer STEM Scholars is a cohort program that aims to support the successful academic transition of transfer students in STEM here at the University of California, Irvine. Housed under UCI’s Transfer Student Hub, this program was formed to aid transfer students in STEM in their transition to university life and completion of their bachelor’s degree.
Our symbol for our cohort program represents the transfer of energy and is used to depict the idea of transfers moving from one college to the university. As transfer students expend more energy to adapt to the quarter system, we believe the academic support provided by this cohort program allows them to continue on to their next challenge, whether that may be research, internships, or other activities on campus. This program is meant to assist these individuals in continuing to pursue their academic goals while navigating university life at UCI.
The Transfer STEM Scholars program at the University of California, Irvine strives to provide support to students formerly in the community college system. This program aims to create a network that enhances the academic success and personal well-being of transfer STEM students attending UCI. Students in this program are assigned to a transfer counselor, which they meet with every quarter. Additionally, students are mentored by a STEM transfer who has completed at least one academic year at UCI.
To enhance the academic success of Transfer STEM students at UCI
- Must be a first-year transfer student in one of the following academic schools at UCI:
- School of Biological Sciences
- The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
- Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
- Pharmaceutical Sciences
- School of Physical Sciences
STEM Transfer Scholars work one-on-one with a transfer counselor upon entering the program and through their first academic year. Transfer counselors will be able to assist students in their academic transition as well as facilitate the peer mentoring component of the program.
- Faculty Connections
- Career Counseling
Peer STEM Transfer mentors who have successfully completed at least one academic year with a 2.8 GPA or higher will help facilitate the academic and social transition for incoming transfers by sharing their experience and knowledge as a STEM transfer. Mentors will be required to maintain contact and log meetings with mentees as well as attend the mentor/mentee social and end of year event.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
- Students in the program will feel academically and socially prepared to enter into their second year at UCI
- Students will have knowledge of resources on campus necessary to enhance their academic experience
- Students will have knowledge of career options and internships available to them during and after completing their degree at UCI
***FOR INTERESTED PARTICIPANTS, APPLICATIONS WILL COME OUT SOON!***
Transfer Student Hub Coordinator
Rocio transferred from Santa Ana College to California State University, Fullerton where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. Additionally, she was awarded an M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach (Go Beach!) where she completed a thesis on Latinas in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) who have persisted through community college and 4-year universities. Her research and experience working with transfer students at Santa Ana College has ignited her passion for working with first-generation, low-income, and non-traditionally aged students who have overcome a variety of obstacles to reach their academic goals. Her commitment to student success has inspired her to pursue a doctorate in the near future in order to change the institutional barriers faced by these student