SSTEM for Engineering and Mathematics Majors
TEAMS, Teaming Engineering and Mathematics Students
In 2007, West Texas A&M University received funding from the National Science Foundation for Teaming Engineering and Mathematics Students (TEAMS) as a Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) project.
The TEAMS goal was to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of engineering and mathematics students obtaining degrees and to improve the performance of currently enrolled students by encouraging and enabling academically talented but financially needy students.
Between 2007 and 2010 TEAMS awarded 58 scholarships totaling over $597,000 to undergraduate engineering and mathematics majors. 90% of these students are either still in the program or graduated and currently working in a STEM industry.
TEAMS2, Teaming Engineering and Mathematics Part 2, was funded by the National Science Foundation in Fall 2011. The objectives of TEAMS2 are to:
- Recruit new students into engineering and mathematics from local high schools using collaborative projects with new and prospective TEAMS2 scholars.
- Coordinate and integrate available university resources to increase the academic success of TEAMS2 scholars.
TEAMS2 plans to award $125,000 in scholarships each year to 25 TEAMS2 scholars. Once selected, TEAMS2 scholars will be provided with the academic and social support necessary to enrourage completion of their degree in engineering or mathematics.
Support Program for TEAMS2 Scholars
- TEAMS2 scholars will be enrolled in appropriate level mathematics classes, creating cohort groups of engineering and mathematics majors. This supportive learning community environment is essential for the forming of relationships and study cohorts that will assist the scholars throughout their degree program.
- Student-student, faculty-student, and industry-student mentoring programs and workshops will be provided to support scholars throughout their degree programs.
- Scholars will interact with professional organizations such as the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineerings, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and AMPS, the Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences Club.
- TEAMS2 scholars will be provided opportunities to participate in internships and undergraduate research projects.
- TEAMS scholars will have access to a wide range of additional support services and organizations such as the WTAMU Math-Lab, Education Services, and Student Services Tutoring Assistance Program to provide maximized educational support.
TEAMS2 Selection Process and Criteria:
Students applying for TEAMS must
• be US citizens, permanent residents, nationals or refugees
• complete the WTAMU General Scholarship Application
• complete the FAFSA
• qualify for financial aid, as determined by the WTAMU Office of Financial Aid
• provide complete transcripts (required with WTAMU scholarship application)
• write an essay describing their interest in engineering or mathematics and their current professional goals
• demonstrate academic potential in engineering and mathematics
Students meeting the degree pursuit requirement may apply for scholarship funds under this program regardless of academic classification. The intent of this program is to have scholars dispersed across all academic levels in order to facilitate mentoring as well as to minimize surges in the program. All students who complete the application process will be considered for acceptance.
Applications will be accepted from February 1 through April 1 for the upcoming fall semester. Acceptance letters will be mailed by May 15.
Scholarship Renewal Criteria:
Scholarships of continuing TEAMS scholars will be eligible for renewal each year provided that the scholars
• maintain full-time enrollment in engineering or mathematics
• have a cumulative GPA greater than a 2.5
The determination of continuing eligibility will be made each year at the conclusion of the spring semester. Awards will be made beginning in the Fall semester each year.