Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hiring New PLFs!

We have exciting news for any one interested in working at the STEM Gateway, we are hiring PLFs for all subjects for the fall 2014 semester. So, anyone who wants to help students learn in subjects like Math, Chemistry, Physics should apply here!

Working as a PLF presents an exciting, fun, and challenging environment where you can tutor students, help them understand new concepts, and improve the STEM community on campus. While the work may seem foreboding at first, the students always appreciate your help, and your fellow PLFs and teachers will help you along the way!

To become a PLF you must have at least a 2.5 GPA, completed a similar course to the class you want to PLF or its equivalent (for example, Math 121 if you want to PLF for Math classes), and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in a STEM focused field. For a complete list of the requirements, please refer to the job posting in the link above or below!

If you are still not convinced, then consider working as a PLF an opportunity to improve your own skills in a field you enjoy. While many of the PLFs study in STEM fields, we do not require you to be a STEM person yourself. Thus, as long as you want to help your fellow students and have an interest in STEM courses, studies, or education, you are an excellent PLF candidate!

Here is the link again for the job posting: Be a PLF!

Monday, March 24, 2014

STEM Study in Journal of College Student Development

By Patrick Coulombe

A recent study published in the Journal of College Student Development looked at contextual variables that were predictors of the fourth-year GPA of Hispanic students enrolled in a STEM major. The authors found that, after controlling for demographic variables such as gender and parents’ education, Hispanic students who frequently received support and encouragement from faculty members reported a higher GPA

Not surprisingly, students who spent more time on studying and homework also reported a higher GPA.
Interestingly, Hispanic students who were enrolled in culturally-relevant activities (such as an ethnic studies course or an ethnic student organization) reported lower GPAs. The authors propose that this may be due to students having less time to invest towards their studies. However, another explanation might be that Hispanic students who take part in culturally-relevant activities do so specifically because they do not feel comfortable or welcome into their academic program, and seek social support among peers through these extra-curricular activities.

Overall, almost a quarter of the differences in GPA among Hispanic STEM students that could be captured by the study were due to differences not in demographic variables (like gender and parents’ education) but in contextual variables. Therefore, it appears that the academic success of Hispanic students evolving in a STEM major in college is affected by the environment in which they study.

In a future study, instead of focusing on GPA, it would be interesting to use these same variables to predict whether Hispanic students in STEM majors go on to actually graduate with their STEM degree, or instead drop out or switch to a non-STEM major before completing their degree.


Cole, D., & Espinoza, A. (2010). Examining the academic success of Latino students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors. Journal of College Student Development, 49, 285-300.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Students for STEM Success (S3) and STEM Gateway Imposter Syndrome Workshop!

IMPOSTER SYNDROME: Learning that you do belong in STEM
As a STEM Student,

  • Do you ever think that your classmates are smarter or have more skills than you do?
  • Do you worry about whether you are able to succeed in your STEM degree program?
  • Learn how to see yourself as a competent, capable STEM student!


MONDAY MARCH 10th from 10 – 11 am

Zimmerman Room 345

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Students for STEM Success (S3) and STEM Gateway Library Research Workshop!

LIBRARY RESEARCH: Strategies for STEM Students
Lora Leligdon, Assistant Professor

 This session will familiarize students with the University Libraries’ STEM resources and services. Students will learn about STEM specific databases, resources and Research Guides. It also briefly covers citation management & research data support.

In this session, you will learn to:
  • Find specialized resources for any topic
  • Find research guides for STEM Fields
  • Search special collections
  • Use other library services

TUESDAY MARCH 4th from 1 – 2 pm
Centennial Library Room L253
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

STEM Gateway- Request for Proposals

Submit a proposal before the April 7th deadline to redesign your STEM course!

Gateway Science and Math Course Redesign Projects:

STEM Gateway will be providing supporting resources for instructors of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) gateway course at UNM to redesign their courses; gateway courses include not only the foundational classes that you teach for your department’s majors (mostly at 100 or 200 level) but also the mathematics, chemistry, and physics courses that are common to many STEM degrees. 

Course Redesign Projects are faculty-driven curriculum and pedagogy redesign efforts to utilize research-based instructional changes and align course outcomes and assessment. Course redesign teams for three courses will be selected each year from proposals submitted by faculty within departments. You can view project goals for the course redesign projects from years 1 and 2 at the STEM Gateway web pages Proposals for the third-year cohort of course-reform teams can also be found on the website listed above. Contact Gary Smith at for more information. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Congratulations to PLF, David Danielson!

We have some great news about one of our PLFs, David Danielson. He has been accepted into the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program!

The MARC program prepares students for graduate school by offering various training and research in the Biomedical field. We know that David will do well in this program, and we hope to see whatever he produces in the future!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

STEM Gateway Presents Its New Initiative: Students for STEM Success — S3

Students for STEM Success (S3), a student-centered STEM Gateway initiative, that focuses on creating connections and fostering skills that will enhance the overall experience for STEM students at UNM. Our mission consists of three primary parts: to help STEM students network and collaborate with other students, faculty, and staff who have similar interests; to connect students with their chosen department earlier in their academic career; and to provide students access to programs, support services, and workshops that will improve the mastery of their own learning skills. By establishing a cooperative student network beginning as soon as students arrive on campus, we can build a truly integrative STEM community that facilitates STEM degree attainment for the diverse student body of UNM.

In addition to enhancing and increasing student involvement in activities, programs, and workshops already available on campus, S3 is launching a new series of workshops for both undergraduate and graduate students at UNM.

If you or your students are interested in getting involved with creating and facilitating workshops, or have ideas for workshops, please email Meghan Gerson at the email listed below. While S3 is still in the process of setting up its workshop schedule for this semester, we are encouraging anyone interested in creating partnerships to contact Meghan Gerson at:

To keep in touch and up-to-date with what S3 is doing, join our Facebook page at:

And follow our Twitter too:

Remember the more people we have to spread the word about the initiative, the stronger the STEM community on campus will become!

Check out our Facebook page, Twitter, and STEM Gateway Blog for our next update about the workshop schedule for the spring semester!