Using real-world subjects to challenge rising NC ninth- and 10th-graders
These one week residential summer programs held on the NCSSM-Durham and Elizabeth City State University campuses are designed to provide STEM opportunities and support for students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields and college attendance, including but not limited to students who identify as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or female; students from low-income households; and students from the three NC U.S. Congressional Districts (1, 3, 11) with the lowest proportion of students pursuing post-secondary education after graduating from high school.
This interactive, interdisciplinary academic program uses exciting real-world subjects to challenge talented rising ninth- and 10th-graders across North Carolina and build their skills in science, math, technology, and communications. The program is free and available to students who are residents of North Carolina. Students who are accepted into and complete the program as rising ninth graders are then offered a spot to return for a second summer of programming.
Step Up to STEM is made possible by generous financial support from Cisco Systems, the Anonymous Trust Foundation, and the Barber Fund for Underrepresented Minorities for STEM Leadership. The program started through the generous financial support of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, Bayer CropScience, and Duke Energy Foundation.
In 2021, Cisco Systems announced its support of Step Up to STEM for three years, beginning in summer 2021. The gift supports Cisco’s efforts to team with nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations to provide funding, technology donations, and expertise to help discover the best ideas to solve social problems.
Anonymous Trust Foundation
The Anonymous Trust’s mandate is to serve rural and underserved communities in Eastern North Carolina. In 2021, the Anonymous Trust Foundation awarded NCSSM a grant to be used on general operating expenses associated with increasing the awareness and participation in the Step Up to STEM and Summer Accelerator programs in Eastern North Carolina, with a particular focus on rural and underserved communities.
Barber Fund for Underrepresented Minorities for STEM Leadership
The Barber Fund for Underrepresented Minorities for STEM Leadership supports NCSSM programs for underrepresented middle and high school students who are pursuing STEM-related fields. This includes expansion of support of Step Up to STEM to other campuses and the Summer Leadership and Research Program.
Registration for Summer 2024 opens later this year.
Key Dates for Summer 2024
December 1, 2023: Application portal opens
January 11, 2024: Step Up to STEM at ECSU Virtual Information Session:
Register Here: https://forms.gle/mA2KgVPUy3M4eQC29
January 18, 2024: Step Up to STEM at NCSSM-Durham Virtual Information Session:
Register Here: https://forms.gle/rAngys9eW7kcbwr98
February 8, 2024: Application portal closes
March 13, 2024: Acceptance decisions emailed
March 27, 2024: Deadline for acceptance contracts to be submitted
June 16-21, 2024: Cohort 2 (NCSSM-Durham)
July 7-12, 2024: Cohorts 1 and 2 (ECSU)
July 14-19, 2024: Cohort 1 (NCSSM-Durham)
Step Up to STEM Virtual Office Hours:
The purpose of the Step Up to STEM Virtual Office Hours is to answer any questions that parents, students, and/or educators may have about the Step Up to STEM application process. Click below to sign up for a 15-minute time slot during one of the dates/times listed below.
December 7, 2024: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
January 25, 2024: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm