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Lawson State Community College is committed to increasing the number of students who gain an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and maintain an interest in STEM by replicating effective, evidence-based practices for recruitment and retention.  Lawson State Community College, home to the only Center of Excellence in STEM in the state of Alabama, was awarded several grants that contribute to a strong STEM foundation at the College and a strong STEM presence at the state level. Lawson State has gained invaluable insight of systems that work best for STEM students, particularly those in groups historically, underrepresented in STEM fields, through a myriad of evaluative mechanisms and practices. These practices have the impact of increasing the quantity and quality of graduates receiving STEM degrees at Lawson State while preparing these graduates for successful transfer to four-year institutions. 

Lawson State Community College is home to several stellar STEM programs for undergraduates during the Fall/Spring terms as well as middle and high school students in the summer term.


The STEM Scholars Program

The STEM Scholars Program at Lawson State Community College was established in 2005 under NSF Award #0506164 and is designed for students who ultimately want to pursue a career in STEM with the intention of transferring to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree in a STEM field.  The STEM Scholars Program consists of STEM majors at the College who have been accepted into the STEM Program.  To qualify, a student must have declared a core STEM major, maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average, apply to the program, and be interviewed by the STEM Director. 

STEM Scholars Application


Girls IMPACT (Increasing Mathematical Potential Among College-bound Teens) is an innovative, pre-collegiate program uniquely designed for girls of color to be introduced to women of color who work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics(STEM) professions. Additionally, as mathematics is critical to success in STEM fields, Girls IMPACT participants benefit from enhanced mathematics and problem-solving skills by engaging in ACT prep lessons, hands-on STEM activities, and individualized tutoring sessions throughout the program.

Girls IMPACT Application

STEM Enrichment Institute

The STEM Enrichment Institute, better known as SEI, is a summer STEM program which provides eight graders and high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to broaden and enrich their STEM experiences, awareness of career paths, and increase efficacy by exposure to a variety of STEM-related educational activities and field experiences. Students will be challenged through project-based learning activities, educational games, and field experiences in a number of related STEM career paths.

STEM Enrichment Institute Application 

The STEM programs at Lawson State Community College are generously supported by the National Science Foundation, mainly through the  Pi-STEM E3 grant (Award # 1719329), NASA, and the Alabama Community College System.      

Interested in the STEM Programs at Lawson State and need more information, contact:
Dr. Shawanda Thomas
STEM Director