Newman’s spring STEM program free to high schoolers

Jan 09, 2024
Newman professor Tomoko Bell teaches high school students wearing white lab coats in the Bishop Gerber Science Center.
Newman professor Tomoko Bell teaches high school students of NSEP in the Bishop Gerber Science Center.

For more than 20 years, the Newman STEM Exploration Program (NSEP) has provided invaluable, hands-on experiences for high schoolers.

It’s back for another exciting semester and thanks to a generous grant from Evergy, the 2024 NSEP is free to participants who apply and are accepted. 


The NSEP is an eight-week after-school program that engages up to 36 high school students, especially first-generation and low-income students, to explore and investigate the possibility of a career in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field. 

Students will conduct hands-on scientific and laboratory research in small groups as they work with faculty members in the state-of-the-art Bishop Gerber Science Center.

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Throughout the NSEP, students will:

  • Earn two hours of free college credit with a pass/fail grade upon successful completion of the program
  • Attain hands-on experience conducting faculty-led STEM laboratory experiments and activities
  • Perform group and individual analysis of experiments
  • Learn from college faculty through engaging demonstrations
  • Engage with guest speakers from a variety of STEM-related fields to discuss the career opportunities possible with a STEM education
  • Experience college life as a Newman University student including the privileges of a student ID


NSEP runs from March 19 through May 7, and students will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 5:45 p.m.

The deadline to apply to NSEP is March 8, 2024.

An African American high school student wearing a white lab coat conducts an experiment during NSEP.
A student conducts an experiment during NSEP.


Any high school sophomore, junior or senior who has completed at least one high school science and math course can apply. Consideration may be given to high achieving freshmen high school students. Students do not have to be committed to a STEM-related career to attend NSEP.

The limited 36 spots will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. All application materials must be received no later than March 8, 2024.

For more information, please contact Ryan Huschka, the NSEP director and associate professor of chemistry, at [email protected] or (316) 942-4291 ext. 2428.