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The S-STEM Chesapeake Scholars program is a multi-disciplinary scholarship within the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Chesapeake Scholars is designed to serve undergraduate students with academic talent and unmet financial need across six physical science disciplines: 

  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Physics

The goals of this program are to increase retention, attract transfer students and undeclared students, and increase students’ sense of belonging. Findings from the Chesapeake Scholars program will be used to design and implement future programs at UMD to improve the educational experience for all undergraduates in our college.

The S-STEM Chesapeake Scholars program is intended to extend the success of previous University of Maryland S-STEM programs to a broader range of degree-seeking students. Scholars will be selected based upon demonstrated academic talent, unmet need, and interest in pursuing a degree in physical sciences. All inducted scholars must take a one-credit orientation seminar course in each of their first two semesters in our program.

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