Providing Support Structures for Chemistry Majors

Providing Support Structures for Chemistry Majors (PSSCM) is a new program open to St. Olaf students who intend to graduate with a major in chemistry and are interested in pursuing careers in science. Our goal is to increase the number of and provide academic support for chemistry majors at St. Olaf and prepare them for work in a 21st century, scientifically- and technologically-intensive world.

The program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is designed to encourage the study of chemistry by low-income students. This is a key element of current NSF initiatives to increase study in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The PSSCM program emphasizes recruiting students to major in chemistry, and also provides mentoring and other forms of professional development support to students during their time at St. Olaf. A special emphasis is placed on scholarship support for a total of 15-20 students who intend of majoring in chemistry and demonstrate financial need over the course of the program

The NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program was established by the National Science Foundation in accordance with the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-277) as modified by P.L. 106-313 and P.L.108-447 in 2004. The act reflects the national need to increase substantially the number of American scientists and engineers.