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What is the STEM Accelerator?

The STEM Accelerator program was created by the College of Science in 2011 to focus on the success of undergraduate students. In particular, the Accelerator works to:

  1. Increase the number of STEM majors,
  2. Improve retention rates of STEM students,
  3. Reduce the time to graduation,
  4. Help STEM graduates join the workforce or continue their education.

This interdisciplinary unit consists of full-time faculty from multiple departments, including Mathematical Sciences, Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Forensic Sciences, Geology and Chemistry. Besides teaching, these faculty have special responsibilities that includes coordinating and promoting STEM activities for COS to achieve the four primary goals.

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Virtual Celebration of Student Scholarship – COS Award Winners

The College of Science and STEM Accelerator is pleased to recognize the following outstanding presentations from the... Read More →

Learning Assistants

Learning Assistants (LAs) are College of Science undergraduates who participate in undergraduate instruction, course innovation, peer-to-peer tutoring and mentoring. LAs have unique opportunities to work closely with COS faculty and help their peers.

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The STEM Accelerator is committed to sharing the excitement and joy of science, engineering and mathematics with the community.  We regularly coordinate camps, workshops, competitions, and seminars designed to increase access and success in STEM.

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Student Opportunities

Opportunities for engagement in STEM at Mason are abundant. The Accelerator offers various student centered opportunities, such as STEM Boot Camp, the annual College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium, and the LA program.

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