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Project Duration

August 2018 – May 2023

Application Deadlines

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Program Overview

The School of Life Sciences is implementing a new program entitled “Developing the Skill and Will to Succeed in STEM”. This program provides up to three years of scholarship support to a total of 25 academically talented undergraduate biology majors with documented financial need. A primary goal is to diversify and increase the number of students entering STEM professions. In addition to scholarship support, a number of curricular and co-curricular enhancements will be put into effect to increase achievement and career readiness of program participants.


To be eligible for scholarship support through this program, students must:

  • have a STEM GPA ≥ 3.4 for high school courses or a STEM GPA ≥ 3.0 for UNLV courses
  • be enrolled full time (12 to 15 credits) in a Biology undergraduate degree program at UNLV
  • have completed the FAFSA and have documented financial need based on the FAFSA
  • commit to participating in program activities (i.e. monthly meetings with mentor, meetings with career seminar speakers)
  • complete the application form

Application Form

The application form includes a few items requesting personal information (i.e. name, address) and 3 open response questions.

  • In order to obtain your NSHE number, students should complete the UNLV Admissions application at least 48 hours prior to completing the Succeed in STEM Scholarship application.
  • There is a 300 word (2000 character) limit for each open response question
    1. Why have you selected biology as your major? What are your specific areas of interest in biology?
    2. What career do you plan on pursuing once you graduate with a biology degree?
    3. How would you utilize scholarship support to offset financial burdens and enhance your academic success? If you do not receive scholarship support, how do you plan to pay for school?
  • Applicants are encouraged to compose their responses in a word processing program (i.e. Word, Pages) then copy and paste them into the application form.

Program Activities

In addition to receiving financial support, the academic and professional success of program participants will be enhanced through

  • monthly meetings with faculty mentors
  • monthly “dinner and professional development” group meetings
  • group meetings with STEM career seminar speakers
  • participation in workshops presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research
  • participation in UNLV’s Career Fair
  • preparing applications for research and internship opportunities


Leadership Team for the Scholarship poses for a group photo
From left to right: Jenifer Utz (PI), Katie Rafferty (co-PI), Christy Strong (co-PI), Don Price (co-PI; all Life Sciences), and Matthew Bernacki (co-PI; Learning Analytics, College of Education)

Please contact the leadership team at with any questions.

Important dates and deadlines

Date Description
August 1, 2021 UNLV application opens
October 1, 2021 FAFSA opens
November 1, 2021 UNLV Financial Aid and Scholarships Priority Deadline
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE 1742185. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.