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Get a Jump Start on Your Science Major


Get a Jump Start on Your Science Major

STEMstart Move in and Sign in

Saturday, Aug. 17

MOVE IN: Residence Halls open for Early Move-in from 8 a.m. to noon or early afternoon.

Fall 2024 early arrival, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2024, is available to students who need to arrive before the traditional fall 2024 move in due to activities such as STEMstart or assisting with fall opening activities and employment. A supplemental application is required, and additional housing/dining costs are associated with approved early arrivals. Additional information about Early Arrival will be available in June 2024.

STEMstart students: You must register on the Housing Self-Service page in June 2024, and on Saturday, Aug. 17, you must check in and move into your Residence Hall before you check into the STEMstart program at 5 p.m. 

: 5 p.m. in Irvine Hall 199

Please bring a smart phone or laptop.

Parent Send Off: 5:15 pm

TEAM WORK begins 5:30 p.m.

Welcome Dinner provided for Students, Faculty, and Peer Mentors begins 6:30 p.m.

STEMstart: Aug. 17-23, 2024

Get a sneak peak of what's to come in your first semester and get a jumpstart on success in the sciences. 

  • Be ready for your first-semester biology, chemistry and mathematics coursework.
  • Move in early.
  • Meet tutors and learn about resources and study skills you'll need to succeed from experienced science majors in biology, chemistry and forensics.
  • Get to know classmates, faculty, and even some STEM alumni.
  • Learn study strategies and benefit from academic advising.
Stemstart aquatic experiment

Solve "CSI Athens" and More

Academic Sessions and Field Trips

  • "CSI Athens"—Apply forensic chemistry and biology to solve a crime.
  • Math Circles—Find out the secret math handshake, and learn how to solve fun problems
  • Aquatic Biology—You'll get your feet wet on this field trip!
  • Genetics at OHIO Genomics Facility


  • Alden Library and Baker Center resources
  • Bobcat living skills
  • Campus Resources Hunt
  • Canoeing, outdoor activities and lunches with mentors
  • Outdoor volleyball and bicycling opportunities

About STEMstart

STEMstart introduces incoming first-year students (freshmen) to the expectations of college-level science and math courses—and provides a road map to resources and study skills that will help students succeed as a science major.

Science students are invited to come to Ohio University a week before fall classes. This science quick start program is designed to help students transition from high school into college-level biology, chemistry and math courses. Texts and resources will be available online.

Join faculty members and get immersed in your textbook, classroom lectures, lab experiments, and field trips. Get to know peer mentors who've been there and know how to navigate that first year of math, chemistry and biology successfully. Tour campus resources that can help as you wade through the expectations and challenges that make college different from high school. 

How to Apply

Apply Now!

Application Deadlines: The priority application deadline is June 30.

Eligibility: All science majors, including undecided science majors, who are first-year (freshmen).

Cost and Payment Deadline: The program cost is a total of $855. That includes a program fee of $650 and a Residence Life early move in cost of $125 for housing and the suggested eight meal plan at $80. Students also are strongly encouraged to have at least $50 in Bobcat Cash available. (Residence Life and early arrival meal plans will be billed to the student's Fall semester account.) The STEMstart Program Fee of $650 must be paid online by July 31 after accepting the program. No refunds will be made after July 31.

Scholarships are available for students with need, thanks to generous donors; please indicate interest in your application. 

Residence Hall: Students will move in early to their selected residence halls for the school year. 

Contact Us

For more information, contact us:

Corey Beck, Associate Professor of Instruction in Chemistry

Stephanie Miller, Associate Professor of Instruction in Biological Sciences

Faculty for STEMstart

Contact Person (for questions)

Stephanie Miller, Associate Professor of Instruction in Biological Sciences, 740-597-2515,

Program Directors

Corey Beck, Associate Professor of Instruction in Chemistry

Stephanie Miller, Associate Professor of Instruction in Biological Sciences

Faculty Presenters

Erik Boczko, Mathematics

Kelly Johnson, Biological Sciences

Anne Perez, Forensic Biological Sciences

James Van Brocklyn, Biological Sciences

What to Bring

You'll be moving into the residence halls a week early, so bring what you'll need for your first semester at OHIO. Plus, field trips will include wading in streams and hiking at The Ridges, so bring a pair of sturdy shoes and sunscreen. For more on what to bring and moving in, visit the Residence Halls site.