Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)


Building Success: One STEP at a Time

Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP), is a grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). STEP seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) receiving associate or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within  (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

What are our goals?

  • To increase the number of all students who enroll in STEM fields.
  • To increase the number of students who graduate/transfer to four year institutions to complete their STEM bachelor's degree.

Minimum Criteria for Participation

First Time Students Must Be:

• U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents

• Enrolled or accepted into GPC

• Planning to graduate with an associate degree in a STEM field

Current/Returning Students Must:

• Maintain a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.8 and a minimum semester gpa of 2.5

• Be enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) during the fall and spring semesters

• Participate in a minimum of 10 hours of civic engagement activities per semester

• Participate at a rate of 90 percent attendance of supplemental instruction (freshmen only)

• Participate in six STEM-related activities each semester

Specific Aims of STEP and Highlighted activities:

Achieving College Readiness

• Orientation to STEM

• Summer Bridge

• Civic Engagement Experience

Deeping STEM Understanding

• Supplemental Instruction

• College Visits

Building the STEM Resume

• Research/Internship Opportunities

• Career Workshop Seminars

• Industry Visits

STEP Scholars Support

Summer Bridge (SB) Scholars Will Receive:

• Summer Bridge I (SBI) - $1,000

• Summer Bridge II (SB II) - $3,500

• Summer Bridge III (SB III) - $1,000

During the Academic Year:

• Freshmen- $250 stipend

• Sophomore- $ 400 stipend

• Supplemental Instruction Leader $600

• Travel funds will be provided for participants

Academic Year Stipend Eligibility Requirements:

• Enroll full-time in a STEM discipline

• Attend advisement sessions

• Attend seminars/workshops

• Participate in minimum of six STEM activities

• Participate in 10 hours of community service per semester

For more information about  GPC STEP, Please contact:

Dr. Pamela Leggett-Robinson (Principal Investigator-PI)

Margaret Major (Co- Principal Investigator -PI)

Mrs. Naranja Davis (Coordinator/Recruiter, STEP)