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Science Talent Expansion Program (S.T.E.P.)

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STEP LLC Location - Kamola Hall

General Description of the LLC:

Students involved with this program must be accepted into the Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP). Students participating with STEP explore theme-based scientific issues, gain hands-on experience in modern scientific research, and develop a mentoring relationship with CWU Science faculty. Students accepted into STEP will take a sequence of three general education classes in a small classroom setting. Student programs in this area have included hikes on Mount Rainier, river-rafting trips, visits to the Seattle Zoo, and presentations on Mount St. Helens.

STEP Mission Statement:

The STEP LLC seeks to involve all students who have an appreciation for an interest in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) related disciplines. Those students who desire to major in STEP-related fields will become familiar with possible careers, meet STEM professionals who can augment career networking, and become part of a strong STEM learning community.

Please note, students who wish to participate in the STEP LLC must be accepted into and participating in the STEP program. Applications and more information about the program are available on the STEP website at:

STEP Vision Statement:

We envision students participating in the STEP LLC and engaging in enriching STEM-related social and co-curricular activities with other STEP students, STEP/STEM faculty members, and with STEM professionals.


  1. Students build a community with other STEP students in the STEP LLC and in the STEP classroom;
  2. STEP students connect their experiences in the classroom with their living experiences in the STEP LLC;
  3. Students engage with STEP/STEM faculty and other STEP students in order to provide a social support network to help increase retention in CWU STEM disciplines and to build relationships with potential mentors;
  4. Students gain increased awareness of STEM-related careers available in the state of Washington and Pacific Northwest region.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will build a community through their interactions with their peers in the hall and in the classroom.
  • Students will be able to connect their classroom experience with their living experience.
  • Students will engage with faculty on a regular basis—when appropriate and when they are available—in order to become comfortable working with them and to build relationships with potential mentors.

LLC Faculty/Staff Contact Information:

Toni Snowden, STEP Program Coordinator - COTS STEM
Phone: 509-963-3002

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Applying to the Science Talent Expansion Program (S.T.E.P.) LLC:

Students who are interested in joining the Science Talent Expansion Program LLC first must be accepted into S.T.E.P. within the College of the Sciences. 

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