Spring Hill College announces REAL-STEM Program: Diversifying STEM Education

(Mobile, Ala.) Spring Hill College is pleased to announce the Reflection, Engagement, Action and Learning (REAL) STEM Program. The program is funded through a 6-year, $648,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM Scholarship initiative to increase the diversity of the candidate pool for careers in high-demand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) fields. 

Once accepted to SHC, students with financial need and the academic talent to succeed in the sciences will be invited to apply for a four-year scholarship and membership in the REAL-STEM Scholars. In addition to assisting with their financial needs, Spring Hill will provide REAL-STEM Scholars with academic and social support. 

Through shared coursework, service activities and participation in a living-learning community, students will develop a sense of common purpose while also enjoying a varied and full Spring Hill experience. REAL-STEM Scholars will be paired with faculty mentors and invited to pursue undergraduate research, internships and other professional development experiences. 

Dr. Mark Byrne, professor of Physics at the College, directs the program. “I think the REAL-STEM program at Spring Hill College is an excellent opportunity to help academically talented students complete a STEM degree without taking on the burden of student loans.” Byrne continues to say that this program is for “students who might otherwise choose a different path in life and not become one of our scientists, engineers or mathematicians trying to make a positive impact in this world we all share.”   

Students currently applying for admission for Fall 2024 will be considered for invitation to the REAL-STEM Scholars program. To learn more about the program visit shc.edu/stem-scholars.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. 22147. 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.

Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third oldest Jesuit college in the United States. Spring Hill combines the Jesuit tradition of excellence in education and a commitment to caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit – with innovative educational experiences. Located in Mobile, Ala., Spring Hill’s mission is to form leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service for life. As a result, Spring Hill students are engaged, inspired  and transformed by their experiences.

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