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STEM Immersion

Start Your College Career Out Right!

UW–Madison has a whole lot to offer in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—but how do you navigate it? For example, what if you're interested in biology—in high school it's one subject, but at UW–Madison there are more than 30 different biology-related majors, spread over 6 different schools/colleges. And where do you go to find STEM opportunities for research, study abroad, public service, leadership, career exploration—important learning experiences that can take you beyond any one major or school/college?

STEM Immersion can help you find out the shape of the STEM landscape and figure out where you fit in. It's a non-credit educational program designed just for incoming students interested in STEM fields (whether or not you've declared a major). Participants come to campus a few days before the official start of semester to learn more about campus and college life, find out about STEM opportunities on campus, connect with faculty, sharpen key skills for academic success, and form a community with other STEM-interested students who can provide a support network from the very beginning. It's a lot of fun and can really give you a great chance to look around and think about your options. 

If you're the first person in your family to go to college, belong to a group that's underrepresented in STEM fields, or belong to other groups for whom systems designed for the student mainstream haven't historically provided the best support, STEM Immersion can make a difference and set you up for a less stressful, more connected, and successful first semester. Reaching your goals isn't just about working harder, it's about working together and working smarter. Take full advantage of all UW-Madison has to offer you as a young scientist, mathematician, or engineer!

Program History

STEM Immersion was originally developed as MadBiology Bootcamp in 2010/11 by WISCIENCE, in partnership with the Center for the First-Year Experience. Initial funding was provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 2015, the program was expanded across STEM fields, with the support of a cross-campus collaboration including the College of Engineering and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement.