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STEM Station: FAQs

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

What majors/departments are STEM?

STEM majors are usually defined as biological and physical sciences, computer and information science, and engineering.

Most Boise State STEM STATION programs are open to faculty and students in ALL majors and departments, in addition to the traditional STEM departments. (Some specific programs such as freshman research internships or certain scholarships have restrictions set by NSF or other granting agencies.)

What is STEM Station?

The STEM Central Station is a place for you (students, faculty and staff) to make connections and find new directions as you journey through the critical junctures  in your career.

The STEM Station is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Innovation through Institutional Integration, DUE-0963659. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.



Why is there so much attention on STEM?

From sustainable energy systems to curing cancer, our world faces grand challenges that will require innovative solutions by scientists and engineers. Corporations, national policy makers and educators have recognized the importance of interdisciplinary research and well prepared STEM professionals to address our grand challenges and national and global economic growth. Here’s what a few national reports have to say.

“A primary driver of the future economy… While only four percent of the nation’s work force is composed of scientists and engineers, this group disproportionately creates jobs for the other 96 percent.”
National Academy of Sciences, 2011

“STEM education will determine whether the United States will remain a leader among nations and whether we will be able to solve immense challenges in such areas as energy, health, environmental protection, and national security.”
President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, 2010

Spotlight on STEM:

Actress Pauley Perette of “NCIS” stars in this video explaining the importance of encouraging the involvement of today’s youth in science, engineering, and technology.

Why should I get involved with the STEM Station?

The STEM Station exists solely for students and faculty to succeed in their careers. It’s all about you. For students, studies show that when you are supported and mentored in your core STEM classes, and when you engage in authentic experiences such as research and service learning, you are more likely to be successful in becoming the STEM professional to which you aspire. For faculty, the STEM Station will enable you to be a life-long learner in teaching and learning, just as you are a life-long learner in your STEM discipline.