This is STEM

Ignite a passion for discovery and supercharge it with hands-on exploration on a guided, sky’s-the-limit flight path.

Ready for the next challenge: We guide our STEM students—our aspiring scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians—along a trajectory of success that starts on day one. It begins in hands-on introductory courses, and builds across increasingly sophisticated scholarly experiences. Along the way, Drew never loses sight, as a liberal arts college, of the fact that scientific endeavor connects with the human experience and adds to the world’s good.

Set on course, and closely mentored at every step, our students soon transition their academic work into professional credentials. Research in a RISE lab leads to an internship with a hot start-up. On-campus fieldwork is parlayed into a coveted national fellowship. An honors thesis based on a research project turns into a conference presentation. With these résumé-ready experiences, our students are more than prepared to compete for the best jobs and the top graduate and medical schools.

Launch a passion for discovery and turn it into a blueprint for success—and curious students into skilled scientists.


Real science. On campus. The best way to learn science is to be a scientist. Our STEM program begins with this hands-on credo. Students start with team-based, active-learning courses and build up to challenging, on-campus experiences that impart the attitudes and aptitudes they’ll use in the professional STEM sphere.

This fall, students sat on shiny new benches in freshly renovated biology labs, marking a milestone for the Hall of Sciences. All of the teaching labs for our introductory courses were modernized as open, flexible workspaces for active learning. This ensures that students develop the professional skills—like teamwork, problem solving and goal-oriented management— demanded in STEM careers.

Match the experience of a retired scientist with the potential of a Drew student and the result is the Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), a catalyst for the next generation of trailblazers. Each RISE fellow—currently a dozen, including a Nobel Prize winner—mentors students in research projects with real potential to move science forward. Most RISE students go on to medical or graduate school.

More than 50 students spent last summer in our labs, making the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI) the largest such program among our peer institutions. With those numbers, four to six students can work collaboratively under one faculty adviser, creating the lab teams necessary for complex research and inter-disciplinary projects.


Learn it. Use it. We challenge STEM students to take their learning off campus and into the real world. They work alongside professionals in industry labs, collaborate with scholars in the field and present original research at national conferences. It’s how our junior scientists transition from campus to career—and put the polish on job and grad school applications. Likewise, Launch guarantees every student a portfolio of résumé-worthy experiences that build a brand.

Drew students have the chops to land a prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduates—better known as an REU—and work on National Science Foundation–funded research projects.


Standout résumé. Surefire success.

Our newly minted scientists go into the world with something more: more skills, knowledge and experience; more vision, independence and self-assurance. Close mentorship by a customized team ensures that undergraduate interests are tied tightly to professional plans—and send our graduates’ applications for jobs and graduate schools to the top of the heap.

Drew needs you! You can share your hard-won wisdom with an up-and-coming student through Drew’s affinity networks, which bring together alumni and students with common interests—in psychology, say, or computer science. Sign up at drewconnect.drew.edu.

Related Posts

Drew University Professor Publishes Book on Literature and Film in India

Shakti Jaising's book bridges gaps through cross-national analysis


Drew University Professor To Appear in Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

Brianne Barker returns after 2022 victory


Discoverers of Groundbreaking New Lung Cancer Treatment Honored as Heroes in Drug Discovery

Students learn about drug discovery process from industry experts