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

Norma Velazquez Ulloa with Students Norma Velazquez Ulloa with Students

We offer two programs for historically-underrepresented students who are interested in becoming a member of Lewis & Clark’s scientific community.


Xplore New Student Trip, August 2022

This free student-led program takes place in late August, just before New Student Orientation (NSO).  It is designed for students who identify as members of a group that is historically underrepresented in STEM fields. This includes first-generation college students, students of color, and women interested in the physical sciences. By participating in this program, students will gain tools to succeed in science and math courses at Lewis & Clark. Students will meet with current students and faculty, find out about research opportunities and career paths, become familiar with campus and Portland, go on an overnight field trip to one of the Northwest’s beautiful natural areas, plus 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. Applications for 2022 Starting Soon!


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

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 Oregon minimum wage 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.