Pima-UAZ STEM Bridge Program

Are you a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) student who will begin your final year at Pima Community College in fall 2022, with plans to transfer to the University of Arizona (UAZ) in fall 2023? Are you looking for a supportive community of peers, faculty, and advisors to help you transition? Join the Pima-UAZ STEM Bridge program!

Program Services

During last year at Pima

  • Scholarship up to $3500 (fall) and $4500 (spring)
  • UAZ and PCC STEM Faculty Mentor
  • UAZ STEM Peer Mentor
  • Individualized support from STEM program advisor
  • Transfer guidance and planning
  • Connection to community of STEM peers

Once at UArizona

Program structure will match that of our ASEMS Transfer program, but with the following additional benefits:

  • Scholarship of up to $5,000 per semester (up to 5 semesters)
  • Research shadowing experience
  • UAZ STEM Faculty Mentor
  • UAZ STEM Peer Mentor
  • Individualized support from ASEMS Student Support Specialist
  • Transfer guidance and planning
  • Connection to a community of STEM peers
  • Access to one-on-one tutoring through ASEMS

Program Eligibility

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must qualify as being from a low-income household
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Enrolled in at least 6 credit hours for your final semester at Pima
  • Involved in a UAZ STEM eligible major*
  • Other eligibility restrictions apply. Contact Aglhaen Nieto to conduct a pre-screening: anieto8@pima.edu or (520) 206-2216.

**Eligible University of Arizona STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) Majors after a student transfers from Pima to UAZ: 

Biological Science-Related Majors: Animal Sciences, Biochemistry, Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Nutritional Sciences, Plant Sciences, Neuroscience & Cognitive Science, Sustainable Plant Systems

Physical Science Majors: Astronomy, Chemistry, and Physics

Mathematical Science Majors: Mathematics

Computer & Information Science-Related Majors: Bioinformatics, Data Science, Information Science and Technology, and Computer Science

Geoscience-Related Majors: Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Science, Geosciences, and Natural Resources

Engineering Majors: Aerospace, Architectural, Biomedical, Biosystems, Chemical, Civil, Electrical & Computer, Engineering Management, Environmental, Systems & Industrial, Materials Science, Mechanical, Mining, and Optical Science

To receive scholarship and program services while at Pima:

  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits while at Pima
  • Participate in a minimum of 2 workshops during fall 2022
  • Enroll and actively engage in STU 210 STEM class in spring 2023
  • Meet with peer mentora minimum of twice each semester with a recommendation of meeting twice a month
  • Meet with faculty mentors twice each semester
  • Attend 1-on-1 monthly meetings with STEM program advisor

To receive scholarship and program services while at UArizona:

  • Enroll and actively engage in one-unit ASEM Research Readiness course in fall 2023
  • Meet with ASEMS Student Support Specialist monthly
  • Meet with peer mentor biweekly for the first year
  • Meet with faculty mentor once each semester during the first year and as needed afterwards
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and full-time status
  • Be continually enrolled as a STEM major
  • Certify continued eligibility at the end of each semester for continued scholarships 


For more information about the Pima-UAZ STEM Bridge Program, contact Aglhaen Nieto (anieto8@pima.edu) or fill out the form below.

How to Apply

Begin by filling out our interest form: https://asems.arizona.edu/apply/pima-uaz-stem-bridge-application

Curious about how this program could benefit you?

Hear one of our peer mentors explain how ASEMS has supported her and why she chose to give back by being a peer mentor.

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