Welcome and thank you for visiting the information page for the new to CSN "Full STEM Ahead" Award Program!

Tell me about STEM!

STEM is an interdisciplinary, applied approach to learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM careers are in high demand and CSN is working to meet Southern Nevada's need. In October 2018, the Nevada Governor's Office of Science, Innovation and Technology awarded CSN a four year grant to directly address the need to increase the number of students who declare degrees in the STEM fields, to complete their degree, and ultimately enter the workforce in a STEM related job in our community. For more information, visit https://www.csn.edu/stem.

What is the Full STEM Ahead Award Program?

The "Full STEM Ahead Award Program" is a new award program generously funded by the CSN Innovation & Impact Fund. The program will connect new to CSN, Black and African-American students, with a paid professional opportunity to engage with faculty and staff at CSN. The new to CSN students will be pursuing or be interested in a STEM related area of study or major! Check out all the options related to the STEM field at: https://www.csn.edu/areas

In the "Full STEM Ahead Award Program", students will be paired with a faculty or staff member "host supervisor" for their personalized and paid professional opportunity at CSN for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. The professional opportunity will support student transition to college, intentional connection to the STEM field, and provide additional engagement with leadership development, campus life and first year experiences.

Student Information


In the Full STEM Ahead Award Program, students will:

  • Be connected to one faculty or staff member to work within a professional capacity for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

  • Be supported for exploration of and in the STEM field of study and work

  • Attend and be paid to attend additional experiences, including orientation events, leadership development, FYE events and campus-wide opportunities

  • Earn $1,250 (in the form of two stipend award amounts in December and May) for work completed during Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

    • If students do not complete the required components and hours of the program, the stipend amount will be adjusted


To be eligible for this new and exciting program, students must meet the eligibility guidelines and the expectations of participation:

  • Identify as a Black or African-American student starting coursework at CSN in Summer or Fall 2021

  • Be entering CSN in an Area of Study or major in a STEM Field: Biological and Physical Science, Computing and Engineering Technologies, Health Sciences and IMCT (see www.csn.edu/areas for a detailed list of areas of study & majors)

  • Enrolled at CSN for Fall 2021 and committed to enroll at CSN for Spring 2022

  • Commitment to complete full program for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

  • Ability to meet all of the expectations of the TWO SEMESTER program (see below for expectations of participants)


  1. Expected, upon acceptance to the Full STEM Ahead program, to sign a commitment contract to participate in and completed the full program. The contract must be submitted by September 1, 2021, and will be accompanied by:

    • A picture of the student participant

    • A brief biography of the student participant

    • A copy of the student's Fall 2021 course schedule

    • A signed publicity release form for promotional purposes

  2. Expected, upon acceptance to the Full STEM Ahead program, to complete a total of 125 hours throughout both Fall 2021 and Spring 2022:

    • Student will earn $1,250 by the completion of the 25 weeks (paid in two disbursements in December and May)

    • Hours will include professional engagement, orientation, assessment, 1:1 meetings with host supervisor

    • Expected to participate both semesters (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022)

    • Expected to attend all outlined activities

  3. Specific expectations for FALL 2021:

    • September 7 - December 3 (62.5 hours)

      • 7.5 Hours

        • Orientation (1 hour) - September 7, 2021: Student will complete a needs assessment and pre-test survey at orientation

        • Meet & Greet with Host Supervisors (1 hour) - September 15, 2021

        • Leadership Summit (2 hours)- September 17 or September 24, 2021

        • Activity of Choice (30 minutes) - Individual selection of date

        • Wellness Connect Event with the Counseling and Psychological Services Office (CAPS) (30 minutes)

        • STEM Exploration Activity with Career and Transfer Services (1 hour)

        • Focus Group (30 minutes) - near midterm of Fall 2021

        • First 100 Days event (1 hour) - December 1, 2021

      • 50 Hours: 10 weeks of professional engagement hours (approximately 5 hours per week, from October 4 - December 10, 2021)

      • 5 Hours: Allotted for bi-weekly meetings with host supervisor

  4. Specific expectations for SPRING 2022:

    • January 31 - May 6, 2022 (62.5 hours)

      • 7.5 Hours

        • Orientation (1.5 hours)

        • Activity of Choice (30 minutes) - Individual selection of date

        • Wellness Connect Event with the Counseling and Psychological Services Office (CAPS) (30 minutes)

        • STEM Exploration Activity with Career and Transfer Services (1 hour)

        • Leadership Development with Student Life and Leadership Development (1 hour)

        • Focus Group (1 hour)

        • Aspire Moving Up Day Celebration event (1 hour)

      • 50 Hours: 10 weeks of professional engagement hours (approximately 5 hours per week, from February 21 - May 6, 2022)

      • 5 Hours: Allotted for bi-weekly meetings with host supervisor

      • 1 Hour: Student will complete a post-test survey and reflection paper upon completion of the prgram

      • Student will work with the Marketing Department (upon completion of the program) for print poster series for on-campus display


Eligible students can apply using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/STEMStudentApplicationCSN

  • Application period will open on April 9, 2021
  • Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2021
  • Selected students will be notified via CSN email by August 27, 2021

Faculty & Staff Host Supervisor Information


Expectations of Faculty and Staff participants:

  1. Agree to participate, as time allows, in the Spring and Summer 2021 information sessions for program promotion and recruitment of students (dates of information sessions TBD).

  2. Agree to participate and host student for both Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

  3. Agree to plan professional engagement hours (approximately 3 - 5) of work per week with student related to host area/department. Student duties should support personal development and connection to CSN for retention/success.

  4. Within professional engagement hours, agree to work with student to develop an exploration plan for the STEM field and connecting to CSN STEM faculty and departments. The Host Supervisor can connect as needed with the Career and Transfer Services Office (contact Director Ashley Snipes at Contact Us) to assist with developing an individual plan of exploration for the student.

  5. Agree to meet bi-weekly with student to build supportive relationship, touching base on work performance/duties, transition to college, connection to campus resources, etc. Submit brief summary (bi-weekly after check-in meetings) as to student's attendance, work performance, growth, to FYE using this link: https://tinyurl.com/HostSupervisorCheckInSTEM.

  6. Agree to attend the following events with participating student in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022:

    • Meet and Greet with Students and Host Supervisors (1 hour) - September 15, 2021

    • Aspire Moving Up Celebration Event (1 hour) - May 4, 2022

  7. Agree to attend a brief overview meeting with the Full STEM Ahead planning team at the start of each semester


Interest Form Process and Deadline:

  • If interested in serving as a Host Supervisor, please submit an interest form by March 26, 2021, at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/STEMInterestFormHostSupervisor

  • 15 Host Supervisors will be selected for the Full STEM Ahead program from across the CSN community. This is a voluntary role.

  • Host Supervisors who submit an interest form will be notified of selection by April 23, 2021.

Want to Learn More?

Email at Contact Us with any questions!

Information Sessions About Full STEM Ahead Are Here!

Click on the calendar to find a session and register to attend!


Friday, 4/9 at 2pm (ZOOM)

Thursday, 5/6 at 12pm (ZOOM)

Wednesday, 6/2 at 5pm (ZOOM)

Tuesday, 6/22 at 12pm (ZOOM)

Wednesday, 7/14 at 12pm (ZOOM)

Thursday, 7/22 at 5pm (ZOOM)

RSVP to the info sessions: https://tinyurl.com/StudentFullSTEMAhead

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