STEM Pathways Academy


Incoming Manchester students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related major (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) can apply for admission into the STEM Pathways Academy, a special program that helps students develop the qualities of a successful science professional.

The STEM Pathways Academy is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. A limited number of students who meet qualifications will be selected for admission into the program, which includes an additional $1,000-$8,000 per year in scholarships, depending on continuing eligibility.

Students who are accepted into the program will form a learning group in which they take classes together, work with professional, alumni and student mentors, perform research, and take yearly seminars that focus on career preparation.

Selection is based on academic record, financial need and intent to complete a bachelor’s degree in a STEM major. Applicants are required to complete a secondary application for admission that includes a 400-600 word essay and math and chemistry readiness tests.

Key components of the STEM Pathways Academy


Year 1

Normal coursework with special sections of research-based lab and FYS:

Course Credit hours
Principles of Biology with lab*8 hours (fall/spring)
General Chemistry with lab*8 hours (fall/spring)
First-Year Seminar3 hours (fall)
Other courses10 hours
*Most common first-year science courses. Can adjust by consulting with program directors.
  • Have a peer mentor

Year 2

Normal coursework with career exploration seminar

CourseCredit hours
All normal coursework30 hours
Exploring STEM Careers I (site visits)1 hour (spring)
  • Have a peer mentor
  • Have an alumni mentor

Year 3

Normal coursework with career development seminar

CourseCredit hours
All normal coursework30 hours
Exploring STEM Careers II (career dev.)1 hour (spring)
  • Have an alumni mentor
  • Be a peer mentor
  • Money to do research

Year 4

Normal coursework with career preparation seminar

CourseCredit hours
All normal coursework30 hours
Additional career preparation (GRE/resume prep)1 hour (fall)
  • Have a professional mentor
  • Be a professional mentor
  • Money for career prep


See Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

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