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STEM Education

The Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Teaching and Learning (CRISTAL)@ U of M

The Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Teaching and Learning (CRISTAL) is an interdisciplinary university center chartered by the University of Memphis Provost to advance the university’s efforts to recruit, retain, and prepare the next generation of STEM researchers, educators, and industry professionals.

The role of the Center is to:

  • Provide coordination and support for STEM education related programs on campus,
  • Connect projects on campus with partners in local and regional industries,
  • Provide a point of contact between local and regional school districts and the University for K-12 STEM related initiatives,
  • Connect projects with funding sources,
  • Coordinate recruiting of local and regional students into STEM disciplines,
  • Connect faculty with University resources for the reform of classroom instruction.

The CRISTAL Center is located at 209 Dunn Hall, The University of Memphis
For information:  call 901-678-1303 or email

U of M STEM Scholarships

The National Science Foundation S-STEM program at The University of Memphis seeks to award scholarships to economically disadvantaged students in Engineering, Engineering Technology, Math, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, and Physics.

The primary goal of the S-STEM program is to supplement existing resources within the U of M to facilitate a unified system of support for financially disadvantaged, upper-division undergraduate STEM students with academic potential.  The U of M S-STEM program provides a focused, integrative experience for scholarship students by emphasizing career and personal counseling, tutoring, mentoring, career development, opportunities for summer research or application-oriented experiences, student collaboration, as well as other academic and personal advantages gained by being fully engaged in the University community.


 MemphiSTEM is a National Science Foundation-
 funded project at the University of Memphis, with
 the overall goal to increase the number of U.S. citizens
 and permanent residents with undergraduate degrees
 in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
MemphiSTEM combines the strengths of the University's support infrastructure with efforts and expertise of faculty, staff, students, administrators, and the professional community. The project implements a number of core strategies designed to increase persistence to graduation, including a summer Mathematics Bridge Bootcamp, research experiences for undergraduates, networking, mini-grants for on-campus professional student organizations, travel awards and STEM learning communities.
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  The U of M is a partner in the Tennessee
   Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
   (TLSAMP) whose goal it to increase the 
   number of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at U of M by at least 100% within a five-year period.
This partnership provides mentors, tutors, supplemental instruction, and a summer bridge program.
TSLAMP also serves as resource for undergraduate research opportunities and sponsors an annual student research symposium where students can present their research to faculty, the community and their peers.
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In September 2010, The University of Memphis was awarded a second TRIO Program specifically for 120 eligible students who are enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors at the U of M.  Students must meet the eligibility requirements to become TRIO STEM Participants. 

The program is very competitive with a limited number of openings each year to maintain 120 participants. The STEM Program is housed in 405 Mitchell Hall. Mr. Manuel Thompson is the Project Coordinator for the TRIO STEM project.  Applications may be picked up from the SSP front desk at 405 Mitchell Hall or by clicking on the following link: STEM Application.  Completed applications should be returned to 405 Mitchell Hall.