STEM Emerging Leaders Fellows

STEM Emerging Leaders Fellows

The STEM Emerging Leaders Fellows (SELF) program is cultivating the next generation of STEM leaders by strengthening pipelines through and into careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for students who have experience living or working in diverse environments or who have overcome substantial educational challenges.

SELF Scholars receive full tuition scholarships throughout their four years to degree completion. They join a community of 30 STEM scholars who are committed to participating in structured programming activities to help them succeed. Housed in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the program is part of Driving Change: Our Inclusive Path Forward, a broader university initiative to create a more inclusive STEM learning environment for all students.


SELF Scholars will participate in regular programming help them develop the skills and tools they need to successfully transition to Ohio State and to a STEM learning environment. SELF Scholars will also have access to many opportunities available to all ODI Scholars.

  • Financial Support: Scholarships are provided for the four years of undergraduate study.

  • First-Year Early Arrival Program: Residential program enables SELF scholars to network with other STEM scholars, faculty and staff, and to learn strategies and resources for a successful transition.

  • Peer Mentors and Community of Support: STEM peers share their knowledge and experience to help SELF scholars navigate Ohio State and create a network of support.

  • Academic Support and Success Coaching: Ongoing advising, tutoring, and success coaching support timely graduation.

  • Laboratory Research: Research opportunities and laboratory experiences expose students to cutting-edge research.

  • Faculty and Industry Mentors: Faculty and industry role models strengthen academic work habits and study skills.

  • Professional Development and Career Readiness: Professional development workshops and programming prepare pathways to internships, career opportunities and graduate study.

  • Education Abroad and Global Experiences: Study abroad partnerships that integrate the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion into their curriculum.