All STEM AP students are required to attend weekly seminars held on Mondays at 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The seminar serves as a community building counterspace where students engage in skills-building workshops and activities designed to support their STEM identity development, research skills, near-peer mentoring, communication proficiency and leadership skills. All STEM ambassadors are required to submit a weekly online reflection that serves as a program evaluation instrument used to guide future programming. The seminar course enrollment is by instructor permission as it is open only to STEM AP students. STEM AP office staff will enroll students in the appropriate courses depending on class level.


The mandatory weekly seminar for UMass Amherst students is held on Mondays at 5:30 to 7:30 PM

in ILC S110. All students collaborate and work together during the first hour of the seminar.
The second hour is reserved for near-peer mentoring or class level programming.

Click here for Fall 2018 Scheduled Programming
First-Year Students

First-year students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) course to gain early authentic hands-on research experience. STEM AP offers two CURE courses, Tuesdays or Thursdays at 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Dr. Peg Riley is the instructor of both courses. While the course has a biology focus, all STEM first year
students in STEM AP are encouraged to enroll, as this course provides fundamental survival strategies for all STEM students.

At Monday evening seminars, first-year students engage in research teams with graduate student mentors, and in near-peer mentoring with fourth-year students. STEM AP ensures that each first-year student has academic and social support very early in their undergraduate experience.

Students who have completed two semesters at UMass as first-year STEM Ambassadors are eligible to apply for a fully-paid STEM AP REU summer experience.

Third-Year Students

Juniors are strongly encouraged to take part in the STEM AP Middle School Mentoring Program or another outreach/service learning opportunity.  Third-year students serve as undergraduate mentors and college role models while engaging the sixth through eighth grade mentees in STEM enrichment activities. After one-on-one consultation with the STEM AP director, STEM AP office staff will enroll students in the appropriate courses for this unique outreach/service learning opportunity offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 3:00 - 5:15 PM.

At Monday evening seminars, Juniors have the opportunity to think about their after-graduation goals, whether they’re planning to attend professional school, graduate school for research, or obtain a job in STEM industry. STEM AP offers third-year students the opportunity to study for MCAT or GRE in small groups with their peers, or to further their soft skills development in communication, presentation and leadership with STEM AP faculty. Students who are not signed up for test prep serve as workshop leaders for research skills development. Third-year students also engage with second-year students for near-peer mentoring.

Fourth-Year Students

Seniors continue their leadership training through STEM AP programs that align with their interests and graduation goals. In consult with the STEM AP director, fourth-year students have the opportunity to design their individual programs to meet their unique individual objectives. STEM AP office staff will enroll students in the appropriate courses for this unique leadership opportunity.


At Monday evening seminars, seniors serve as workshop and seminar leaders, and engage with first-year students for near-peer mentoring.

First-Year Students
Second-Year Students

Second-year students are supported in research labs with STEM faculty and graduate student mentors to gain hands-on research experience. After completion of a CURE during the first year as a STEM Ambassador, and having participated in a research team with graduate students in which they have been trained to read and understand research literature and research protocol, second-year students are ready for more advanced research.  STEM AP office staff will enroll students in the second-year course for this research experience.


At Monday evening seminars, second-year students engage in research skills development to support their concurrent lab placement, and near-peer mentoring with third-year students.


STEM Ambassadors Program