Student STEM Enrichment Program

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Explore Fearlessly Initiative


Student U

Director:   Bettina Umstead
Chief Programming Officer
Durham, NC

Project:   Explore Fearlessly Initiative

Student U has created the  "Explore Fearlessly Initiative" for our 550 students enrolled each year .  One of Student U's six core values is Dream Fearlessly. We encourage our students to dream big and then to work tirelessly to make those dreams come true. This project is integrated into each stage of our current programming pipeline, which includes Summer Academy for rising sixth through tenth graders, Middle and High School Year-Round Program for afterschool support, Summer Internship Program for rising eleventh and twelfth graders, and College Promise for our nearly 200 Student U high school graduates. By equipping students with the skills needed to access higher-level science material while also providing opportunities to apply their knowledge to scientific concepts in the real

Award Timeline

Mar 10, 2023

Application Opens

Jun 09, 2023

Application Deadline

Nov 30, 2023

Notice of Award

Dec 01, 2023

Award Start Date

Aug 30, 2026

Award End Date

Program Contacts

Alfred Mays

Senior Program Officer


Samantha Moore

Program Associate


Kendi Kajogo

Program Coordinator