CALS ASEMS Program

CALS ASEMS provides the same program services as both TRiO ASEMS and ASEMS-T, but is aimed specifically at STEM majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which includes Agribusiness Economics & Management, Agricultural Technology Management and Education, Animal Sciences, Applied Biotechnology, Biosystems Engineering, Biosystems Analytics & Technology, Environmental & Water Resource Economics, Environmental Sciences, Food Safety, Microbiology, Natural Resources, Nutrition and Food Systems, Nutritional Sciences, Plant Sciences, Precision Nutrition and Wellness, Sustainable Plant Systems, and Veterinary Science. Students follow a different timeline of services depending on whether they are entering as a first-year student or transferring from a community college.

In addition, students should also meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • First generation college student (neither parent or guardian has completed a 4-year bachelor’s degree)
  • Offered or awarded a Pell Grant
  • From a group underrepresented in STEM
  • Community college transfer student

Year 1:

CALS 197B Success in STEM class

CALS 197C Professionalism in STEM class

Strong academic & personal support to balance school/life, learning strategies, & confidence building

Guidance and support related to study skills, time management, academic planning and connecting with faculty

Connect to career interests early through research and career exploration, networking

Meet regularly with a peer mentor

Year 2:

CALS 297B Research Readiness class

Strong academic & personal support to balance school/life, learning strategies, & confidence building

Guidance and support related to study skills, time management, academic planning and connecting with faculty

Connect to career interests early through research and career exploration, networking

Meet regularly with a peer mentor

Year 3 - graduation:

Opportunity to serve as a Peer Mentor or Learning Coach

Choose a career track (research, graduate/professional school, industry)

Career Mentoring

Financial planning beyond college

Opportunity to participate in a paid summer research experience through the ASEMS STARS Program

Throughout entire program:

Program workshops, STEM community activities and faculty mixers

Financial aid & scholarship advising

Individual support from professional staff

Assistance in applying to research programs & internships

First Semester (Fall)

  • Take the Success in STEM 1-credit course led by Peer Educators 

    • Includes weekly group peer mentoring sessions  

  • Guidance and support related to academic and career planning, navigating campus resources, connecting with faculty, etc. 

  • Meet 2-3 times with ASEMS Student Success Specialist 

  • Participation in ASEMS Orientation and Inclusive Engagement Workshop 

Second Semester (Spring)

  • Research Readiness 1-credit course led by ASEMS Student Success Specialists and STEM faculty partners 

  • Opportunity to shadow in a research group or lab 

  • 1 on 1 meetings with ASEMS Success Specialist and Peer Mentors

  • Opportunity to participate in a paid summer research experience through the ASEMS STARS Program 

Year 2

  • Meet 1 time per semester with ASEMS Student Success Specialist 

  • Able to meet with ASEMS Peer Mentors as needed 

  • Opportunity to serve as a Peer Educator/Peer Mentor/Tutor 

 

Across all years

  • Ongoing opportunities to connect and build community with faculty and other STEM transfer students 

  • Guidance and support in finding undergraduate research and career preparation opportunities 

  • Individual support from program staff 

  • Program workshops and events 

  • Access to free ASEMS tutoring services 

  • Be eligible to receive financial aid (stipends) on a case-by-case basis 

 

 

Apply

To find out how to apply, visit: https://asems.arizona.edu/apply/cals-asems-application

Questions?

CALS First Year Students, contact Teresa Cortéz (teresasosa@arizona.edu)

CALS Transfer Students, contact Pablo Rocha (eprocha@arizona.edu)