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Scholarship Project Synopsis
The TRAIN (TRAnsfer to Interdisciplinary Natural sciences) Scholarship project provides funding for transfer students in a variety of science, technology and math-related fields. It offers valuable training and mentoring throughout your undergraduate career at ASU. Scholarship participation will make you more competitive for outside internships, provide you with more in-depth training in your STEM field of interest, and increase your laboratory or numerical modeling research skills. This scholarship is available for all School of Mathematical and Natural Science majors who transferred in with 12 college credits or more within ASU's New College. The scholarship includes $5000 a semester, renewable if progressing appropriately, as well as mentoring, and research/internship opportunities. Please note! Student goals that include health care practitioner endpoints (Medical Doctor, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistant, Nurse, etc.) are NOT eligible for this program.
This scholarship project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.2221321.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
Seeking a degree in applied math or computing, statistics, biology, forensic sciences,environmental sciences, pharmacology/toxicology, and/or BAS degrees in CAMBR (Cell and Molecular Biology Research) and Cyber Security in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences on the ASU West campus.
- GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Demonstrated financial need based on FAFSA application
- Transfer student status (student has already earned minimum of 12 college credits)
Preferred Applicant Characteristics:
- Strong background in 100 & 200-level college math and science
- Interest in gaining research experience in one of the degree programs included in the TraIN program
- Student has at least one year left at ASU to complete their degree
- Previous TraIN Scholar at a partner Community College
Requirements to Renew Scholarship Each Semester:
- Full-time student (12 credit hours, or more) in ASU’s New College, continuing to pursue a STEM degree
- Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Financial need based on FAFSA application
- Adequate progress towards degree (as indicated by Major Map progress and advisor analysis)
- Adherence to all ASU and ABOR student code of conduct requirements.
- Interested in pursuing a career in STEM (not medical or health-related).
- Willingness to participate in program cohort and mentoring activities
- Willingness to participate in surveys and interviews with program researchers
If you have any questions, please contact:
Susannah Sandrin: SSandrin@asu.edu
Frequently Asked Questions for TRAIN scholars
Try taking the me3 quiz to see how your interests align with careers and majors at https://me3.careers/asu/landing.
Well before you plan to apply to ASU, it is a really good idea to get on a MAPP, which is the Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program. Most BA and BS degrees have a MAPP. Choosing a MAPP does not mean you are locked into studying that program forever; you can change your MAPP at any time with the click of a button. Getting on a MAPP provides you with invaluable ASU resources that you need prior to arriving. Students who sign up for the MAPP can:
- receive guaranteed admission to their desired ASU major once requirements are met
- save time and money by taking the courses you need to transfer to your ASU degree
- track academic and course progress with a personalized online tool called Pathway Tracker
- meet with ASU academic advisors, even by telephone, for guidance
- access individualized university information
If you are in an AAS program (scroll to bottom of page to heading title: AAS to BAS: Bachelor of Applied Science), such as in Cybersecurity, you would transfer to the BAS. While there is no MAPP for the BAS, this transfer process is straight-forward, and allows you to bring over as many as 75 units, so long as you complete the AAS degree.
To be a TRAIN scholar at ASU, you need to choose one of the non-pre-health majors in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, or the BAS. These are part of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, which is located only on the West Campus. You also might be interested in adding a minor, or a certificate.
Apply as early as you can, taking into account your graduation date, ensures that you will be able to secure on-campus housing, if needed. This means that you need to be applying as early as January for a start date the following August.
You can call an advisor in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences (part of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences) any time, you don’t even need to come to campus. You can also email them at MNSadvising@asu.edu
If you need other assistance, here is how to reach out:
- Admissions (480) 965-7788; choose 2 for transfer
- Registrar (480) 965-3124
TRAIN is a needs-based scholarship. You must have a current FAFSA on file at ASU to be considered for the scholarship. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include ASU as your school (ASU's school code is 001081). For a complete list of steps: visit students.asu.edu/financialaid/apply.
First or second semester at community college
- Take the me3
- Get on a MAPP if applicable
- Fill out the Transfer Guide
- Meet a with a New College Advisor
- Figure out when you’re going to transfer
Two semesters before transferring to ASU
- Fill out the FAFSA and make sure it is sent to ASU
- Meet with a community college advisor
- Meet with a New College advisor
- Contact your Transfer Specialist
- Apply to ASU
One Semester before coming to ASU
- Arrange housing
- Apply for the TRAIN Scholarship
- Apply for additional scholarships
- Sign up for classes