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STEM Immersion

Start Your College Career Out Right!

Get integrated into the STEM community at UW Madison!
Gain valuable insights into the multitude of STEM experiences on campus
Prepare for STEM academic success
Connect with upperclassmen, faculty, and advisors to build a support network
        Early move-in and food provided!          


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Student Testimonials


Greg Francis – STEM Immersion 2017

WISCIENCE’s STEM Immersion was an essential part of my transition into college. The program directed me to STEM resources available on campus, provided me with the opportunity to connect with established science professionals, and pushed me to build relationships with like-minded STEM majors. As a rising sophomore, my STEM immersion experience has surely left a lasting, positive mark on my professional and personal life.


Jenny Day- STEM Immersion 2014 (Madbio)

STEM Immersion made my transition to college exceptionally smooth by helping me acclimate to campus and giving me the information necessary to navigate STEM spaces. Beyond my first year, the program has continued to provide me with community support and growth and leadership opportunities by becoming a STEM Immersion Leader and eventually Student coordinator. I have made friends and connections through this program that will stay with me long after I graduate.



Program Mission

Mission:  STEM Immersion (S.I) transforms lives by facilitating the transition of new students into the institution offering opportunities and experiences to discover, engage and integrate into the intellectual, cultural, and social facets of the STEM community at UW-Madison.


STEM Immersion (S.I.) is committed to:

· Welcoming and serving populations of students who traditionally struggle with the transition to college (e.g. first-generation college students and those from underrepresented groups).

· Encouraging excitement about the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of STEM and STEM careers.

· Building community around students’ STEM academic interests (reinforce and expand communities with periodic gatherings throughout the first year).

· Preparing students for STEM academic success: learning skills, academic support resources, high impact learning experiences, degree planning.


Inform students about the institution’s history, traditions, and culture related to STEM.

Inform new students about the availability of institutional services and programs.

Create an environment for intentional opportunities for new students to interact with fellow new students as well as continuing students, faculty, staff members, and local community.

Provide information about the physical/virtual layout of campus, including physical layout of campus, including the location and purposes of campus facilities, support series, co-curricular venues, and administrative offices.

Introduce students to the learning and development opportunities that will occur throughout the collegiate experience.


Program Logistics

Move In and Welcome

Students are allowed to move into residence halls earlier than the rest of the student body in order to participate in the program. This often leads to a lower stress move-in as the halls and streets are not nearly as congested. Move-in logistics are provided by UW Housing and STEM Immersion leaders will be present at the residence halls to welcome students and provide any desired assistance with moving.

Day 1: Wisconsin Experience

This day will build on the introduction that students have already had on the Wisconsin Experience through SOAR or other programs. Connecting to the campus and getting involved can make a drastic difference in students success and happiness during their time here.

Day 2: College Experience

This day will focus on areas that will be relevant to everyone’s first year at college, especially on how college learning and living are different that high school. Students will get the chance to connect with advisors and learn strategies for success in common STEM courses.

Day 3: Discipline Experience

STEM covers a vast number of disciplines and the program has participants from an equally vast number of majors. This day aims to give participants a taste of what their intended field of study might look like throughout their time here with discipline specific activities and mock lectures.

Day 4: Looking Forward

Sessions on this day will help students explore career paths and provide information about how to prepare for careers while still in college. Students will get a chance to network with faculty researchers in a casual lunch setting.


Program History 

STEM Immersion was originally developed as MadBiology Bootcamp in 2010/11 by WISCIENCE, in partnership with the Center for the First-Year Experience. Initial funding was provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 2015, the program was expanded across STEM fields, with the support of a cross-campus collaboration including the College of Engineering and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement.


Samantha Blanke

Dietetics (Pre-Med / Optometry)

Chloe Kirk - Student Coordinator

Molecular Biology and Legal Studies with Criminal Justice certificate

Ryan Martinez - Student Coordinator

Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Ashaleigh Worrel - Student Coordinator

Chemical Engineering