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STEM Diversity & Outreach

The STEM Diversity and Outreach office aims to increase the participation of students underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) research fields. 

To accomplish our goal - emphasizing research career opportunities and fostering the ability of STEM students to acquire science skills through hands-on-research - we apply the Scientific and Human Capital Theory.  This approach emphasizes strategies that increase the attraction, retention, and graduation of underrepresented populations by acknowledging their diversity in an inclusive learning environment. 

We foster collaborative partnerships with industry stakeholders, national support groups and engage with the local and regional community in strategic initiatives serving to increase the success of underrepresented students in STEM fields.

STEM Activities

2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium, April 16, 2020, Pond Student Union - Prepare to Roar! (If you have barriers to participation, contact STEM Diversity).

Idaho Undergraduate Research Symposium at Boise State University coming July 22-23, 2020 ICUR

Studies show that students who engage in research have more successful careers after graduation.

If you are interested in Research, Contact Sonia Martinez ext. 1323.

 ISU Student With Research Poster

 Biology Student with Research Poster 



Student Achievements

Student Research Trip made possible by travel funds from the Office for Research Outreach and Compliance

ISU Biology Undergraduates traveled to present their research during the Annual Biology Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Nov. 13-16, 2019, in Anaheim, California.

 Dr. Julia Martin (left) with Magdelena Alba Argomaniz (center) and Hannah Aken (right)

Pictured: Dr. Julia Martin (left) with Magdelena Alba Argomaniz (center) and Hannah Aken (right)

ISU Biology student Joselynn Castillo receives $10,000 scholarship from the Maná Scholarship Program

Photo of Jocelynn Castillo ISU student and winner of Mana Scholarship
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                                                                           Joselynn Castillo in recognition of receiving the Mana scholarship program 2019

The Maná Scholarship Program, in collaboration with the Univision Foundation and the Selva Negra Foundation, was started to assist students who identify as Latino. The scholarship, which was awarded for the 2020/2021 school year, will help Jocelynn Castillo* and others like her accomplish their educational goals.

* Jocelynn is a double major in Biology and Spanish for Health Care

Scholarship Opportunities

Check out these scholarship opportunities for students who are not eligible for State Aid and Federal Financial Aid:

Golden Door Scholars

"Golden Door Scholars was founded in 2013 with the goal of promoting economic mobility for undocumented students...
Our scholars also have access to mentors, internships and other personal and professional growth opportunities."                                        

 IACAC (Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling)

This website hosts a College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students, a clearinghouse of links and information, including links to scholarship and financial aid prospects.

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)

MALDEF offers a Scholarship Resource Guide for high school, college, and graduate students; and a Law School Scholarship Program for law students.



Idaho National Laboratory Applications for Summer Internships are now open.

INL internships are about gaining experience - visit their INTERNSHIPS page for details.

Contact Sonia Martinez at ISU with questions - 208-282-1323.




Are you Looking for students to fill internships in STEM-related fields?

    Contact Office for Diversity & Outreach - we connect students with industry and community partners!



Sonia Martinez, photo of

Sonia Martinez


Office: STEM Diversity & Outreach Office

(208) 282-1323

Located in the Business & Technology Center

1651 Alvin Ricken Dr., Room 107D

or by appointment on main campus