STEM for Scholars (Level 1)


USF Pre-College STEM for Scholars 1


STEM for Scholars (Level 1) is a four-week commuter program, July 8-Aug. 3, 2018, to be held on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. It is for high achieving, high school students entering grades 9 or 10. The program is designed to expand student horizons in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and prepare them for academic and college life. The program aims to show the interconnectedness of the various fields of STEM. Courses will be taught by outstanding USF faculty. Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and conceptual creativity. They will be engaged and challenged, through active, hands-on participation in all aspects of the program. 

For students entering 11th and 12th grade, please check out our Level 2 option.

Students will take the following courses:

1. Computing and Visualization for Research and Discovery
This course gives the students an introduction into multiple areas of research. Major concepts for communicating with data are explored on a technical and scientific level. Through various hands-on assignments students will bolster interdisciplinary problem-solving skills.  Topics will focus on: visualization software, visual mathematics, virtual and augmented reality, info-graphics, Scientific Visualization, visual perception, interactive applications, 3D printing, programming, and design techniques and technologies.  This course will be held in the University of South Florida's Advanced Visualization Center Lab.

2. Finite Mathematics
This course deals with concepts in areas of logic, linear equations, Euler circuits, spiral growth in Nature, permutations/combinations and probability. Developing analytical skills and methods of mathematical research are an integral part of the course.

3. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Research in the Sciences
This course is an evidence-based, student-centered, and integrated learning experience. It was designed by an interdisciplinary team – from physicist to philosopher – to expose students, regardless of major, to the methods, practice, and culture of scientific research. Students will learn literature review, experimental design and presentation skills required for success in interdisciplinary science research.

Program Cost:

$1,000 and includes:

Need and Merit Based Scholarships Available for All Programs


Application Process:

To begin the admission process, please complete our online application. If you are accepted, you will be notified by email. 

Application Deadline:

The May 4 deadline has been extended to May 18, 2018.

Scholarship Application Process:

  1. Once you have applied to the program, you will receive a confirmation email with links to the Pre-College scholarship application.
  2. Complete and submit the scholarship application.
  3. Once submitted, our team will follow up with you directly with next steps.

Scholarship Application Deadline:

May 4, 2018

For more information:

Phone: 1-888-873-4968