Arizona's Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars (ASEMS) program provides services to support students in graduating with a STEM major. This program focuses on promising students who are underrepresented in STEM, especially students who are first in their family to attend college, from low-income households, who transferred from a community college, and from underrepresented groups, such as women and minorities.


ASEMS fosters a culture of inclusive excellence at the University of Arizona by empowering STEM students with the tools necessary to succeed while recognizing their unique backgrounds and assets.


ASEMS vision is a university culture of inclusive excellence where all students have the opportunity to succeed in STEM majors and careers.


The goals of the ASEMS program are:

  • Increase the retention of students from specific groups at-risk of leaving STEM, namely first generation students, low-income students, and students from groups underrepresented in STEM (minorities and women).
  • Students will develop the confidence and the communication skills to interact easily and frequently with STEM faculty and STEM peers.
  • Students develop knowledge-based skills to be competitive academically and professionally in STEM fields.
  • Students will identify a chosen STEM career early, will be able to clearly articulate their motivations for selecting their chosen career, and will be prepared to pursue that career.
  • A university environment where ASEMS wouldn't be necessary.