SPECTRA Academic Year Scholars Program
The SPECTRA Academic Year Scholars Program ended in May 2015 and will not be taking any additional applicants due to the expiration of the grant.
Traditionally, incoming Truman students declare a major interest before they ever take a college-level course. Many students are not ready to make that kind of decision. The SPECTRA Scholars Program allows students who are contemplating a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) major to defer that decision as they investigate the nature of the STEM disciplines, their interconnectedness, and how 21st century STEM professions will value interdisciplinary training across STEM fields.
Students selected to be SPECTRA Scholars will:
- receive a scholarship with the possibility of renewal through their sophomore year,
- take at least one major-level STEM course each semester,
- take the two SPECTRA seminars during their freshman year: STEM 101 in the fall semester and STEM 105 or 110 in the spring semester,
- participate in career and internship awareness activities,
- be eligible for free and personalized academic training for science and mathematics courses, and
- be eligible for an opportunity to conduct paid research with a faculty-mentor during their second year of college.
Our goal is that by the start of their junior year, SPECTRA Scholars will be well-positioned to be competitive for national interdisciplinary research experiences, internships, and post-graduate training. Many SPECTRA Scholars will earn a STEM degree or pursue a STEM minor, and all SPECTRA Scholars will be able to leverage the kind of understanding of STEM that the 21st century workforce values.
Participants are selected from the pool of incoming first-year students through a competitive application process. Applicants need not be committed to pursuing a major in science or mathematics, but should show some aptitude and interest for the subject(s).
The SPECTRA Scholars program is for students with a demonstrated talent for a STEM field who have not yet declared a major or who are uncertain about their major options.
If you have any questions about this program, please contact us by email at email@example.com or by calling 660-785-7252.