STEM-related Grants and Programs


Georgia Perimeter College prides itself on the role that it is playing in expanding the STEM pipeline by improving student success in the STEM fields and by increasing the number of students prepared for and enrolled in STEM degree programs. The following grants support student and faculty-centered activities.  Use the links below to learn more about the grants and to access the respective websites.

USG STEM Initiative II

The goal of the USG STEM Initiative II grant is to improve student access and success in the STEM fields and enhance existing instructional capabilities of STEM faculty in Georgiaís postsecondary institutions.  At GPC, faculty and students can benefit from the following:

Faculty Mini-grant Program

The STEM Faculty Mini-grant program is geared toward engaging faculty at the participating institutions in developing novel methods for improving instruction approaches or content delivery focused on student achievement in postsecondary STEM education or STEM teacher preparation. Mini-grants also should meet challenges specific to that institutionís culture or mission.   To learn more about the program or to apply for a mini-grant, click here.


STEM Workshops and Symposia

The STEM-related workshops and symposia are designed to deepen engagement by providing College faculty and K-12 faculty with opportunities for professional development.  Topics vary and workshops are held throughout the academic year on different GPC campuses.  Visit the Calendar of Events for the workshop schedule.


PLUS Session Tutorials

The peer-led tutorial program provides students with peer instruction.  Tutorials are available on all campuses for the following classes:

CHEM 1211 & CHEM 1211L

CHEM 1212 & CHEM 1212L


STEM Student Scholar Recognition Program

The STEM Student Scholar Recognition Program is a way to honor GPC's high achieving STEM students who have excelled over and beyond their peers.  The awards program is held each spring semester.


College Career Day and TAG Fairs

GPC understands the importance of providing opportunities for students to understand more about STEM careers.  Therefore, each spring semester, the Office of STEM Initiatives in collaboration with the GPC Foundation host career day where panels of professionals discuss with the students career paths.  In the fall semester, TAG fairs are held to assist students who are transferring to four-year institutions with transfer and graduation goals and aspirations.


Student Internships/Research Experiences

In order to deepen student engagement and to provide students with opportunities that extend beyond the classroom, internships and research experiences are encouraged.  To view a list of current opportunities, visit the Institute for Broadening Participation.



The goal of BreakThru, a National Science Foundation funded program, is to increase the number of students with disabilities who choose a STEM discipline as major. This grant is in collaboration with The University of Georgia and Georgia Tech.  Students can benefit from the following:

         Student stipends

         STEM mentors

         On-line mentoring

         Introduction to and utilization of computer-assisted learning software


The goal of the ENLISTEM is to recruit and award scholarships each project year to thirty-two (32) financially needy and academically talented students who are enrolled in a course of study leading to an associate degree in a STEM discipline, thereby increasing the likelihood of participants transferring and completing a bachelorís degree at a 4-year institution. The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, awards scholarships to academically talented students who demonstrate financial need, and who are enrolled in a course of study leading to an associate degree in a STEM discipline. The goal of the ENLISTEM Scholarship Program is to provide improved educational opportunities for students by improving student support programs for STEM participants and by removing financial barriers that higher education often presents.  

ENLSITEM Scholars have the benefit of the following:

         Receiving scholarships

         Receiving mentorship from STEM mentors

         Opportunities to attend Technical workshops

         Opportunities to participate in STEM Learning clusters

         Participating in service-learning projects

Learn more about ENLISTEM


One of the country's most innovative and successful programs, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) provides support for educationally disadvantaged students so they excel in math and science and graduate with baccalaureate degrees in science, engineering, computer science, and other math-based fields.  MESA provides academic support to students through three programs: the MESA Schools Program, the MESA Community College Program (MCCP), and the MESA Engineering Program.  

The GPC MESA program, supported by the USG STEM Initiative, is housed on the Clarkston Campus and is based on the highly successful MESA MCCP. GPC MESA students benefit from academic excellence workshops; academic advising/counseling; assistance with the transfer process to a 4-year institution; career advising; summer research/internship opportunities; and, linkages with student and professional organizations. 

MESA students benefit from the following:

  • Tutoring
  • Academic Excellence Workshops
  • STEM Advising
  • Scholarships/Internships
  • Assistance with choosing career paths and TAG institutions

Learn more about MESA



The goal of the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, a National Science Foundation funded grant, is to increase the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented minorities in STEM Alliance higher education institutions. Other alliance institutions include:  The University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, Savannah State University and Southern Polytechnic State University. PSLSAMP Scholars have the advantage of:

  • High school and transfer bridge program

  • Workshops and training

  • STEM learning communities and mentoring

  • Service learning

  • Research training experiences

  • Fall symposium and research conference

Learn more about  PSLSAMP.


The Georgia Perimeter College Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP), is a grant funded by the National Science Foundation. The goal of the STEP 5-year grant is to increase the number of students who enroll in all STEM fields and to increase the number of students who graduate and/or transfer to 4-year colleges/universities to complete baccalaureate degrees.  The project will engage 500 pre-college students and serve 90 full-time STEM students each year. STEP Scholars have the benefit of participating in the following:

  • Summer Bridge I

    • Research experience at GPC

    • College/industry visits

  • Summer Bridge II

    • Research experience at a 4-year institution

  • Summer Bridge III

    • Research Experience for Undergraduates

Additionally, there is the Freshman Year Focus which includes STEM Learning Clusters and STEM mentoring; and the Sophomore Year Focus in which students attend technical workshops/seminars and participate in college and industry visits.

Learn more about STEP.