STEM Programs and Organizations

  • Pre-College Programs
  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Graduate Programs
  • Student Organizations
  • NSF & STEM Diversity Organizations

Pre-College Programs

College of Engineering K–12 Programs

  • DO-IT (Disabilities Opportunities Internetworking Technology)Promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment.
  • GEAR-UPPromotes awareness and readiness for college for middle and high school students and educators within designated Washington state school districts.
  • Emerging LeadersRecruits talented high school students and enhances the university experience of engineering majors, with scholarships and leadership-building and educational opportunities.
  • Engineering Discovery DaysOffers hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, games to students of all ages.
  • Mathematics Academy An intensive, four-week residential session that helps high-achieving high-school juniors develop the math and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in engineering and exposes them to examples of engineering in practice.
  • MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement)Provides a supportive, challenging, and fun learning community for students of color and girls in grades

Making Connections

  • Recruits women of color and women who would be the first in their families to attend college from local socio-economically disadvantaged high schools.
  • Provides career information, college preparation, mentoring, shadowing in STEM career fields, and counseling.

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

  • Promotes science, technology, engineering and math education through professional development for K–12
    teachers and other educators throughout the state and acts as a NASA point of contact for Washington residents.

Undergraduate Programs

Alliances for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans

A summer experience for entering freshmen pursuing studies in engineering/physical sciences, life sciences and genetics, and business.

  • Offers paid work assignments at technology firms, life science research institutes, or the UW. Engineering majors are accepted into the College Engineering Bridge Program.
  • Provides support from academic advisors, peer counselors, teachers, work supervisors, and mentors.


Australia Study Abroad

College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Program

  • Connects undergraduates with faculty and graduate students for participation in cutting-edge research.
  • Targets women and underrepresented populations.
  • Offers summer weekly seminars; topics include faculty research presentations, planning for graduate school, networking, leveraging library resources, writing research papers, and creating and presenting posters.

College of Engineering Women in Science and Engineering

  • Increases the recruitment and retention of women in science and engineering.
  • Provides academic and support programs, including tutoring, professional and peer mentoring, and advising.

Genomics Outreach for Minorities Project

  • Targets pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students.
  • Provides undergraduate research; travel scholarships; a life-sciences tutor; advising; mentoring; graduate school preparation, fellowship, and financial support; and professional development workshops.

Minority Scholars Engineering Program

  • Promotes academic excellence, facilitates leadership skills, and fosters a community of engineering scholars.
  • Provides a supportive home base for minority student science and engineering societies.
  • Provides technical training and transitional, career, and professional exploration opportunities in engineering and computer science.

Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Early Identification Program

  • Encourages and assists undergraduates from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to prepare for, enter, and succeed in graduate or professional school.

Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Health Sciences Center Minority Students Program

  • Encourages students to pursue health-related professional and biomedical/behavioral research careers.
  • Provides academic support and experiential activities to help students become competitive and successful candidates for professional and graduate school.

Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Instructional Center

  • Offers special instruction where students can take their time to learn and not be afraid to ask questions.
  • Provides opportunities for students to study together and develop support groups and lasting friendships.
  • Offers academic tutoring, skill development workshops, test preparation, study packets, and exam review sessions.

Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity McNair Program

  • Prepares undergraduates who are low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented for doctoral study.
  • Provides summer research and internship opportunities.
  • Offers faculty mentoring, assistance in applying to graduate school, and a GRE preparation course.

Pre-Major in Astronomy Program

  • For entering underrepresented students, including women and low-income and first-generation students.
  • Offers an introductory seminar where students learn research skills and receive one-on-one mentoring.
  • Provides research opportunities in small groups, using cutting-edge facilities and data.

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

  • A six-week enrichment program for underrepresented students providing academic, cultural, and social support.
  • Offers opportunities to observe operating and emergency rooms, suture clinics, and dental simulation clinics.
  • Offers workshops on admissions, financial aid, and the application process.

UW–Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Programs

Information coming soon

UW Undergraduate Research Program

Washington MESA Community College Programs

  • Provides rigorous preparation for community college students who plan to transfer into four-year institutions and major in STEM fields.
  • Works with other university programs, professional student organizations, and faculty to give students the necessary skills for university success.

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

  • Educational and research programs related to NASA’s missions. Housed in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
  • Offers undergraduate scholarships to incoming freshmen and community college transfer students.
  • Awards graduate fellowships to support research required for master’s or doctoral theses.
  • Provides research opportunities on campus, in private industry, and at NASA centers around the country.

Graduate Programs

Center for Nanotechnology

  • Offers an optional PhD Program in Nanotechnology, the first of its kind in the nation, providing graduate students with interdisciplinary education experiences in nanoscale science and nanotechnology.
  • Funded through the National Science Foundation’s IGERT program.

Center for Workforce Development

  • Offers mentoring programs and professional development seminars to STEM graduate students.
  • Conducts research on the STEM workforce, educational climate, and social studies of science.
  • Evaluates programs designed to recruit and retain diverse students in STEM.

Graduate Opportunities and Minority
Achievement Program (GO-MAP)

  • A division of the UW Graduate School.
  • Serves the needs of graduate students of color and those from other underrepresented groups, while simultaneously providing opportunities for all students to learn and develop through experiences rich in cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity.
  • Offers programs, events, activities, and opportunities to advance graduate excellence in an equitable educational and social environment.

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program

  • Helps students identify IGERT programs across the country.
  • Helps faculty members locate students with an interest in their research areas.
  • Seeks to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in doctorate programs in the engineering, science, and mathematics fields.


  • Sustainable Multinational Collaboration in Research,
    Education & Service


  • Bioresource-based Energy for Sustainable Societies

UW Engineered Biomaterials Research Center

  • A National Science Foundation engineering research
    center that aims to develop a seamless partnership
    among academic researchers, students,
    and industry, featuring scientific
    exploration, materials engineering,
  • manufacturing strategies,
    pre-clinical testing, and
    advanced education.

Student Organizations

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

  • Builds community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values.
  • Provides opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives to pursue studies in science, engineering, business, and other academic arenas.

National Society of Black Engineers

  • Strives to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who academically excel, professionally succeed, and positively impact the community.
  • Offers leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, and career placement services.

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers

  • Initiates and supports programs that assist students in grades K–12 in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits.
  • Encourages college students to pursue graduate degrees in STEM disciplines.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

  • Promotes diversity in the sciences by helping to recruit and retain underrepresented minority students.
  • Provides a network of support and resources, and organizes community outreach events.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

  • A national non-profit organization that promotes Hispanics in engineering, math, and science.
  • Increases educational opportunities and promotes professional and personal growth.
  • Carries out social responsibility involving education, business, and government issues.

Society of Women Engineers

  • Organizes events to help students learn about numerous STEM educational and professional opportunities.
  • Organizes resumé critiques and mock interviews to help with the job search process.
  • Offers monthly meetings that feature professors and professionals.