Newman offers free STEM Exploration Program (NSEP) for high schoolers

Jan 11, 2022
Students conduct science experiments alongside qualified Newman University faculty members.

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

― Marie Curie


The Newman STEM Exploration Program (NSEP), which has been operating for more than 20 years, is back for another exciting semester.

Thanks to a generous $8,500 grant from Evergy, the 2022 NSEP is free to participants who apply and are accepted. 

About the program

The NSEP is an 8-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.

Throughout the NSEP, students will:

  • Earn 2 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

Program dates

NSEP runs from March 1 through April 28, and students will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The program will not meet on March 15 or March 17 during the university’s spring break. 

The deadline to apply to NSEP is Feb. 16, 2022.

High school students conduct experiments during a STEM program at Newman University.
High school students conduct experiments during a STEM program at Newman University.

Who can apply

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. 

There is a limited number of 36 spots available, and spots will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis. All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 16, 2022.


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


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