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Research and Field Experiences


EXPLORE STEM students are involved in a variety of research and field experiences throughout the academic year.

All programs are funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1832511.

2021 Summer Research Fellowship

Selected fellows will participate in an 8-week summer research project of their choice, in collaboration with a faculty member. Students will spend the summer gathering valuable experience in research techniques, data collection, and critical thinking, all culminating in a presentation of a research poster at a Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Expo. Family, friends, and community members are welcome to join us at the Expo to see the interesting research and work fellows have done.

This is a prestigious opportunity for students. Not only will they obtain one-on-one training and mentoring from our skilled faculty, but they will develop leadership, planning, and collaboration skills. Participation in the EXPLORE STEM Fellowship is an excellent addition to a resume or curriculum vitae.

Students will be given a $4,000 stipend for their participation.

Applications will be open early spring 2021 for summer 2021 Fellowship.

Student working on a research project

Natural History of the Vertebrates Field Experience

The EXPLORE STEM program offers students a $500 stipend for their participation in the one-week field lab experience. This stipend can be used to offset the costs of the program fee. Interested students are encouraged to sign up in Room S-212. For more information, please visit the Field Experience page.

Applications will be open early spring 2021 for summer 2021 trip.

Yellowstone Interdisciplinary Field Experience

Yellostone Park

The EXPLORE STEM program does not want anyone to miss out on this incredible opportunity due to financial reasons. The experience normally costs an estimated $1,700, but students will only be responsible for a $75 fee. The NSF-HSI Grant covers all other costs. For more information, please visit the Yellowstone Project page.

Applications will be available Spring 2021, date TBD.


This one-week field experience offers students the opportunity to visit Stepan Company, Ball Horticulture, Argonne National Laboratory, and more. Every morning, we will meet here at SXU to prepare for the day, then set off on daily field trips. Students will engage in personal planning and goal setting, resume development, and learn how to stand out during the interview process. They will be able to meet industry professionals and ask questions about paths to working in industry after graduation -- something on many students' minds as they end their undergraduate career here at Saint Xavier University.

Students will be given a $500 stipend for their participation.

Applications will be open early spring 2021 for summer 2021 program.

EXPLORE STEM participants