Student Support Services (SSS)-STEM is a program within the Office of Educational Opportunity (OEO) and TRIO Programs, a departmental unit within the Division of Student Affairs at Georgia State University. All SSS services are aimed at increasing the academic potential of SSS-STEM participants and are provided at no cost to eligible students.
Mission and Goal
The goal of the Program is to increase retention and graduation rates of college students who demonstrate academic need and who are either first-generation, and/or low income, and/or have a documented disability. This goal is based upon the belief that all students, regardless of age, family background, learning style, or presence of a disability, should have equal opportunity to reach their full personal, academic, and career potential.
Who is eligible to join the SSS-STEM Program?
To be eligible for admission and qualify for the free services offered through SSS-STEM, students must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, demonstrate academic need, major or minor in a STEM discipline, and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a first-generation college student and/or,
- Demonstrate financial need (or low income status) and/or,
- Have a documented disability, including LD and/or ADD with documentation on file in the Office of Disability Services
How can I join the SSS-STEM Program?
Program information is available in the SSS-STEM office, located in 145 Sparks Hall. Potential participants must complete necessary paperwork, which is available in the office. Once the paperwork is completed, the student must schedule an intake/assessment appointment with an SSS-STEM staff member. After the intake/assessment appointment, applicants will be notified within 1-2 weeks regarding program acceptance.
What free services can I take advantage of as an SSS-STEM participant?
- Individualized Tutoring
- Academic Problem Solving Skills Assistance
- Financial/Economic Literacy Training
- Assistance with Degree Planning and Course Selection
- Individualized Action Plan
- Academic Advisement
- Career Advisement
- Personal Advisement
- Field Trips
- Grant Aid
- Access to Free Printing, Copying, and Scanning Services
The purpose of the SSS-STEM program is to help students throughout their college career by making accessible to them the necessary tools and resources needed for degree completion. Because the program can serve only a limited number of participants, it is very important that, once accepted, participants utilize every possible service offered.
Individualized tutoring sessions in multiple subject areas are offered to all of our participants. We have a great team of dedicated and personable tutors who strive to help each student excel academically. Group tutoring sessions are also available upon request.
We monitor our students’ progress as they matriculate through their academic studies. Individual academic assessments are a key feature of this program in which each student is given individual advisement specific to their major and career aspirations.
Community Service Learning Projects
We encourage students to contribute to Georgia State University and the greater Atlanta area through active volunteer programs. Our students serve as tutors and role models for younger students in the Atlanta area.
Financial Aid Assistance
Grant aid is available to eligible students. Furthermore, we actively inform students about other financial resources, including scholarships and fellowships for which they may be eligible.
Our workshops are academically and culturally enriching. During our workshops, students learn how to become viable candidates for graduate programs as well as the work force.
Career Exploration & Development
Individualized action plans are created for each student based on their educational and career goals. Students are provided with information to assist them during their academic journey.
Computer Lab with Free Printing & Scanning
Students have access to free internet, printing, and scanning services.
Hands-on interactive field trips allow students to go behind the scenes and learn what it is like to really work in a STEM field at places such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Aquarium, the GE Smart Grid Technology Center, and the Georgia State Visualization Wall.