AugSTEM Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Q: I am planning to go into the health field. Can I apply?A: If your major is one of the following STEM majors (biology, biopsychology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics), you are eligible to apply. However, in accordance with the NSF grant, preference may be given to those whose career goals are related to the advancement of STEM (vs. health care). Q: I am not sure what my major GPA is. How do I find out? A: Your major GPA is located in the degree progress tab in Records and Registration, when you run a major progress report. Q: My current GPA is under a 3.0. Should I still apply? A: If you are currently below a 3.0 in your major, you are not eligible to apply. There will be another application cycle for Fall 2017. If you are still enrolled as a STEM major at that time and have raised your GPA, you would be eligible to apply at that time. Q: What is the average GPA of the current AugSTEM Scholars? A: 3.7 Q: How do I know if I qualify as having “financial need”? A: You can check your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your SAR Financial Need Form. This form will be sent to you after you complete your FAFSA, as long as you enter a valid email address. If your SAR has not come yet, you may use last year’s report by following these simple instructions: 1. Go to fafsa.gov 2. Click Login & enter your information 3. Click on the tab for the previous year’s taxes 4. Click ‘View Processed Information’ 5. Enter your pin number (or request a new pin if you’ve forgotten) Q: I am studying abroad next year. Can I still be an AugSTEM scholar? A: Yes, as long as you are able to commit to being an active member of the cohort by using some creativity to overcome the geographic challenges. Q: Am I still eligible if I am graduating in May 2017? A: Yes, you are eligible. Awards will be made for the full 2016-17 academic year. Q: Are international students eligible? A: No. Because scholarship funding is from the national government, unfortunately international students are not eligible. Q: I am a transfer student planning to attend Augsburg in Spring 2017. Can I still apply? A: We encourage incoming transfer students who have been accepted to Augsburg for Spring 2017 to apply. You need to be enrolled to receive the scholarship, which would be awarded for the Spring 2017 semester. Q: Who should I have write my recommendations? A: You want to pick faculty members who have had you in a STEM class or have worked with you on STEM-related research. Faculty who have taught you in more advanced major courses are particularly good choices. Q: I am not sure if I want to go to graduate school. Can I still apply? A: Absolutely. The purpose of the grant is to prepare students for success in the STEM workforce. Some students may choose to go to graduate school before entering the workforce, while others may prefer to go into the STEM field immediately. Q: I will be student teaching next year. Can I still apply? A: Yes. Q: I am really busy. How much time will I need to commit to AugSTEM? A: Our goal is to help you succeed as a student so we hope the required AugSTEM events further your plans are not excessively burdensome. Scholars are expected to attend workshops each semester, meet with faculty mentors, and participate in scholar meetings. Each semester you will be required to complete surveys in support of our reporting to NSF. We will also hold some interviews and focus groups as part of the grant process. AugSTEM scholars often contribute to events that support other STEM students at Augsburg as well. Q: Do I need to do anything to keep my scholarship? A: Yes. You need to maintain a 3.0 GPA in your major, participate in required AugSTEM events (see previous question), and demonstrate continued financial need. As long as you maintain eligibility, you do not need to reapply. Students may receive the AugSTEM Scholarship for up to five semesters. Q: Why are there different amounts for the scholarships? A: While all awards reflect equal academic merit, the size of the award is based on financial aid data available to the school. Having a range of amounts allows for more students to receive scholarships. Have more questions? E-mail Professor Dupont at firstname.lastname@example.org!