Running a successful STEMM summer program: A week-by-week guide

Heather K. Beasley, Zer Vue, Melanie R. McReynolds, Edgar Garza-Lopez, Kit Neikirk, Margaret Mungai, Andrea G. Marshall, Bryanna Shao, Jazmine I. Benjamin, Celestine N. Wanjalla, Clintoria R. Williams, Sandra A. Murray, Valerie K. Jordan, Haysetta D. Shuler, Annet Kirabo, Antentor Hinton

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While some established undergraduate summer programs are effective across many institutions, these programs may only be available to some principal investigators or may not fully address the diverse needs of incoming undergraduates. This article outlines a 10-week science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) education program designed to prepare undergraduate students for graduate school through a unique model incorporating mentoring dyads and triads, cultural exchanges, and diverse activities while emphasizing critical thinking, research skills, and cultural sensitivity. Specifically, we offer a straightforward and adaptable guide that we have used for mentoring undergraduate students in a laboratory focused on mitochondria and microscopy, but which may be customized for other disciplines. Key components include self-guided projects, journal clubs, various weekly activities such as mindfulness training and laboratory techniques, and a focus on individual and cultural expression. Beyond this unique format, this 10-week program also seeks to offer an intensive research program that emulates graduate-level experiences, offering an immersive environment for personal and professional development, which has led to numerous achievements for past students, including publications and award-winning posters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Cellular Physiology
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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