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Pathways to Success in STEM

Pathways to Success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Norma Velazquez Ulloa with Students

We offer three different programs tailored to first-generation students who are interested in becoming a member of Lewis & Clark’s scientific community.


Now accepting applications on a rolling deadline until Monday, July 15, 2019. Applications will be reviewed as received until spaces are full.

This free program takes place a few days before New Student Orientation (NSO) and is designed for incoming first-generation students interested in science, math, and health sciences. By participating in this program, students will gain tools to succeed in science and math courses at Lewis & Clark. Students will take part in lab activities, critical thinking tasks, scavenger hunts on and off campus, meet with current students and faculty, and much more! No Prerequisites! All you need is an interest in STEM and a passion for learning. All skills/backgrounds are welcome. Come have fun exploring with us!


Read more about Xplore

What is the purpose of Xplore?

Xplore is designed to show students what taking classes in science or math at Lewis & Clark will be like and to provide tools for success during their time in college and beyond. Xplore aims to ease the transition into college by providing an opportunity for students with similar interests to come together to build a social and academic community before classes begin.

What will students do during the program?

  • Participate in lab and field activities and collaborative problem solving
  • Investigate campus resources and successful study strategies
  • Get advice about choosing classes and planning your 4 years at L&C
  • Learn about creating successful relationships with college faculty
  • Meet science/math faculty
  • Meet other students who share your interests
  • Explore downtown Portland
  • Hike in a local natural area
  • Discuss career opportunities and preparation
  • And more!

For more information about the Xplore program and to view activities and photos from past summers, visit Xplore.


Xperiment is the Living Learning Community for students who aspire to careers in science, math, engineering, and/or health fields. Xperiment residents are committed to supporting one another’s academic and personal success, to sharing their experiences, and to learning from one another. Activities focus on sharing excitement about science and math with others, connecting with faculty for advice and inspiration, and meeting successful professionals in these fields.

Read more about Xperiment

The Xperiment Living-Learning Community is cultivated through an on-going partnership with the division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences and is housed in Copeland Hall.

LLC Faculty Fellow : Paulette Bierzychudek,William Swindells, Sr. Professor of Natural Sciences

LLC Coordinator : Megan Buck

For more information about Living-Learning Communities, visit Campus Living.

Early Research

This program pairs first-year, first-generation students with a faculty mentor to work on a research project together. These paid positions are designed so new students receive an inside look at what it really means to be a scientist. There are no prerequisites or previous experience required, just a curiosity about science and research!

Key features of the early research program:
  • No previous research experience is required.
  • The Program is competitive; not everyone who applies is guaranteed a position.
  • The Program starts at the beginning of each semester and continues throughout the term.
  • Participants are paid $10/hour for the 6-8 hours/week they are expected to spend on a research project.
  • Participants coordinate their research schedule with their faculty mentors.

For more information and to learn how to apply, visit Early Research.

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