Faculty Recommendation Information


​​NSF logo.pngAbout the NSF S-STEM Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF), is partnering with SMC’s existing Science and Research Initiative (SRI) to offer a "STEM Scholarship Program" and will provide scholarships each semester through Spring 2020 to academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are majoring in one of the supported STEM disciplines.

​​Application now open!

All decision notifications will be sent out at the end of October 2019. 

​​​​NSF S-STEM Scholarship Program Overview

General Information

STEM Disciplines

The STEM disciplines supported by the S-STEM program include:

  • Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields);

  • Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science);

  • Mathematical sciences;

  • Computer and information sciences;

  • Geosciences;

  • Engineering; and

  • Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)


Students selected to receive the NSF STEM Scholarship will receive:

  • Financial support each semester they are enrolled at SMC based on the financial need listed in the financial aid award letter. See FAQ for how the financial aid award letter is calculated.

  • Mentorship by STEM faculty, students, and counselors

  • Special NSF program activities each semester

  • Math workshops and STEM academic support

Faculty Recommendation Guide

Once a student enters an email address and contact information for you, you will receive an email requesting short answers to the following guided questions:

  1. Please describe how long and in what context you have known the applicant?

  2. Can you describe the applicant's STEM academic potential using specific examples of classwork and/or class projects?

Please feel to provide any other examples that will demonstrate how the applicant strives to meet their own educational goals either in your STEM classes or in STEM endeavors outside the classroom.

Please feel free to list any additional information that you would like to share about the applicant that has not been addressed in previous answers.​​​​​

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