Office of Undergraduate Research

Pathways to STEM

Pathways to STEM

Pathways to STEM is a collaboration between Cal Poly Pomona, the Oak Crest Institute of Science, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to engage students in STEM exploration. Participants will have on and off-campus experiences that include mentoring, networking, career clarification, and development of workplace knowledge and skills. Through participation, students will also grow their scientific literacy and science communication skills.

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The Program

Annually, students will join one of four groups related broadly to their intended major:

  • Group 1: Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, and Computer Science (Community College students)

  • Group 2: Biology and Chemistry (Community College students)

  • Group 3: Earth Sciences, Forestry, Geoscience, Multidisciplinary (Community College students)

  • Group 4: Life Science (Cal Poly Pomona students)

Each of groups 1-3 will participate in four different off-campus experiential modules and several on-campus workshops and Group 4 will participate in a single off campus experience. For example, Group 1 might visit Silicon Valley and job shadow professionals working in technology; Group 2 might conduct chemical analysis of ocean water while in Catalina; Group 3 might focus on atmospheric sciences during a visit to Boulder, Colorado; and Group 4 will have the opportunity to conduct off-campus lab research.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the program, please contact Dr. Marianne Smith at

Pathways to STEM is funded by the National Science Foundation (DUE/IUSE #1953594).