About the S-STEM REC

The Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Resource and Evaluation Center (REC) aims to create a greater infrastructure, build community, coordinate work, and synthesize findings across the hundreds of National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored S-STEM programs at colleges and universities across the U.S. The REC supports S-STEM grant awardees, S-STEM scholars, and works to increase the overall effectiveness of the NSF S-STEM portfolio.

Project Goals

AAAS has undertaken a 60-month project to:

Build the capacity of S-STEM Network programs

by identifying program leadership needs and supporting their growth by leveraging context-conscious support, communication, resources, and knowledge across S-STEM projects with the aim of increasing their program effectiveness.

Build the capacity of S-STEM Scholars

through professional development and connection to career-building opportunities aimed at increasing their ability to successfully navigate pathways into the STEM workforce or graduate studies.

Increase the effectiveness of the S-STEM Portfolio

by synthesizing evidence of outcomes and impacts across the entire network and disseminating those findings to support evidence-based decision-making across the STEM ecosystem to increase the access and success of academically talented students with financial need.

Reinforcing Activities

Coordination and Outreach Activities

To accomplish these three goals, the REC implements a set of reinforcing activities to build the capacity of the network of S-STEM projects and Scholars and increase the effectiveness of the S-STEM portfolio by synthesizing evidence of outcomes and impacts.

The project includes five essential components:

an asynchronous virtual community

a public-facing online presence

an in-person Annual Scholar’s Meeting

a technical assistance suite

an integrated evaluation and research framework 

Our Team

The management of the S-STEM REC was awarded to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) through a competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal process. AAAS has four partners who are leading key aspects of the REC’s work.

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