Are you curious about the world, a critical thinker, and innovative with problem solving? Consider joining the STEM Career Community! Our community focuses broadly on utilizing technology, research, data, and mathematics to solve complex problems, develop and explore new ideas, and innovate to make the world a better place. These careers can include biologists, chemists, geologists, physicists, mathematicians, engineers, computer programmers, data scientists, environmental scientists, and more!

STEM Offers So Many Opportunities – Here Are Just a Few!
Database Manager Wildlife Biologist Computer Programming
Environmental Scientist Artificial Intelligence Consultant Information Management Specialist
Conservation Monitor Naturalist Nature Educator
Web Developer Cyber Security Consultant Physical Chemist
Environmental Engineer Zoologist Biostatistics Expert
Nuclear Engineer Actuary Meteorologist


Explore more about careers in STEM with the Career Connection!

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship is designed to strengthen Ohio’s competitiveness within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and to increase the number of STEM teachers. It is an excellent opportunity for students to get a leg up on the competition when applying to graduate programs and jobs after life at OWU! Ohio Wesleyan offers thirty scholarships between $5,500 – $8,570 (renewable for four years) to incoming first-year students who intend to pursue studies in a STEM field – the scholarships are designed to assist Ohio residents with college costs, help them pursue their educational goals, and develop the skills they will eventually apply professionally through a guaranteed internship or research opportunity. 

Qualifying majors include: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Data Analytics, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Genetics, Integrated Science for Teachers, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Zoology, Pre-Medicine and Pre-Dentistry.

Applications are submitted before your student arrives on campus and will be sent to qualifying OWU applicants in mid-February*.

*2024 is waiting on FAFSA submission, please contact Financial Aid or Admissions with any questions.

STEM careers often require further education after earning an undergraduate degree – a major component of securing acceptance into many graduate programs and schools is Research Experience. OWU’s Career Connection encourages and assists students in gaining this experience in undergraduate focused opportunities through application support, advising and finding the perfect internship or research experience for you!

Each new year brings new opportunities! If you would like to explore the options and discuss what fits you best, book an appointment with the STEM & Pre-Health Career Catalyst to explore.

To get you started, consider exploring some of the most commonly applied-to programs:

Ohio Wesleyan’s unique 10-week Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) offers students the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge research side by side with faculty mentors. Students and faculty are fully engaged partners in research projects that ignite students’ passion for learning and give them the confidence to explore areas that fire their imaginations.

The OH5SURE program is unique opportunity made possible through the collaborative efforts of The Ohio State University with the Five Ohio Colleges (OWU, College of Wooster, Denison University, Kenyon College and Oberlin College) to help undergraduates gain research experience in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Public Health, Statistics, Semiconductors/Materials Research, and Tobacco Regulatory Research at the nationally recognized laboratories at The Ohio State University.

The U.S. National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports science and engineering in all 50 states and U.S. territories through supporting academic institutions and organizations with the intent to promote the growth of scientific communities and projects. These projects often utilize undergraduates to perform research alongside highly qualified faculty and mentors!

  • There is a wide variety of opportunities for students to pursue and apply for and are competitive but many OWU students apply and are accepted each year! Reach out to the STEM & Pre-Health Career Catalyst to learn more about the application process in early December-January.

When applying to research opportunities and graduate programs you will often be required to submit a personal statement or a letter/essay of academic intent. These can be a bit confusing at times and are often new to students and the Career Connection is happy to help! You will also run into applications that require letters of recommendation and official transcripts, especially those that have a research or academic component.

A personal statement is an essay used as one major component of the application process by many colleges and universities, especially highly selective schools. It can vary in length, but most personal statements (written for the Common App or Coalition) will tend to be close to 650 words, and will help a reader get a sense, among other things, of who you are and what you value.

A letter of academic intent, sometimes called a statement of purpose, is typically a one-page letter stating your goals in pursuing graduate school or a research program. A letter of intent is an opportunity for a committee to hear directly from you and learn more about your interest in their program. It’s also a chance for them to get a sense of your voice, research interests, and ability to communicate.

Both of these are essential tools to help graduate schools and undergraduate research programs really get to know you in ways that can’t be illustrated on a simple application form and transcript.

Each is individual and unique! If you need assistance in drafting a personal statement, reach out to the STEM & Pre-Health Career Catalyst today!

Each is individual and unique! If you need assistance in drafting a letter of academic intent, reach out to the STEM & Pre-Health Career Catalyst today!

Letters of Recommendation provide admissions and selection committees with valuable information that’s not necessarily obvious from your college application alone. Letters of recommendation stand as a testament to your unique qualities, character, tenacity, academic successes, and personal achievements. These, ideally, will be from faculty members within the department related to the experience or graduate program you wish to pursue – there are a couple of things to ensure that your letter is submitted on time and to the correct place to ensure your success!

  • You should ask in person first, just to make sure they will have time and will be able to write an effective letter for you.
  • Provide them with a link/flyer/short description of the opportunity so they know what skills might be good for them to highlight or touch on in a letter. 
  • Provide them with a DEADLINE – this is important. OWU has a lot of students who wish to pursue opportunities that will requires these contributions to their application and relatively few members of faculty who are requested to write them, this is a helpful tool for them to make sure your letter is compete and submitted on time.
  • Provide them with HOW TO SUBMIT their letter – this is also important! Idealistically you will never see this letter. You want to make sure they know what email, portal, or whatever they need to do to ensure that there is no question of you altering this letter in any way previous to the organization/person receiving it.

Most research opportunities and nearly 100% of graduate schools will require an official copy of your transcript – you can request an official transcript to be sent to the organization or school through the Office of the Registrar for a small fee.

Seeking Alumni in STEM? Look no further! We have a cultivated list of Alums who are eager to speak with you. Check out their profiles and reach out to them! Access tools on our Build a Network page for further templates and resources!

We strongly encourage that you create a LinkedIn profile! This is a great way to build your network and connect with fellow Alumni, faculty, and connections from OWU. Check out 15,000+ OWU Alumni, and join the OWU group below!


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