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Chicago State University (CSU) and two City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), Kennedy-King and Olive-Harvey, have formed a partnership to increase the number of students persisting in STEM majors. The vision of USTEP is to significantly increase the number of first and second year CSU and CCC students who enter, pursue and graduate from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. In order to achieve this vision, these schools are implementing a student-centered academic support and research program. The goal of this program is to enhance undergraduate education and training at the intersection of the biological and physical sciences and mathematics, to prepare students to graduate, and to pursue graduate study or careers in traditional and emerging fields that integrate the sciences. USTEP aims to broaden undergraduate research capacity and experiences by utilizing CSU’s local prairie garden for environmental and ecological field research and data collection. Student support will be provided through workshops, group study, seminars, and interactive instruction.

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