STeP Grant: The New Mexico STEM Transfer Coalition

STeP Grant

The New Mexico STEM Transfer Coalition

STeP: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program


STeP is led by NM Tech in collaboration with the following Partner Institutions:

Luna Community College

Northern New Mexico University

Santa Fe Community College

University of New Mexico-Los Alamos

University of New Mexico-Taos


The New Mexico Regional Development Corporation

The goals of STeP are to:

  • Improve 2-year and 4-year graduation rates
  • Facilitate the transfer of 2-year students into 4-year baccalaureate programs
  • Enhance advisement and student development
  • Have undergraduate research opportunities available

To Qualify for Application into the program at the above mentioned Partner Institutions, students must:

~ Be a US citizen, National of the US, an alien with refugee status, or a Permanent Resident.

~ Be enrolled in at least 9 credits each semester, and making good progress towards transferring to a 4-year institution

~ Have declared a STEM major (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics)

~ Be in good academic standing

~ Be enrolled in appropriate Math courses each semester

~ Be able to commit to STeP requirements

Benefits a STeP Scholar will receive:

  • Participation stipend upon completion of agreement
  • Guidance in developing a degree plan to complete a 2-year degree and transfer to a 4-year degree
  • Assistance in finding resources like:
  1. Scholarships
  2. Workshops
  3. Internships
  4. Research experiences
  • Travel stipends to visit NM Tech for campus visits

For more detailed information or to apply, contact the STeP liaison at your current institution:

Luna CC   (contact: Nichole Collins, ncollins@luna.edu)

Northern NM University   (contact: Ulyses Ricoy, uricoy@nnmc.edu)

Santa Fe CC   (contact: Phyllis Baca, phyllis.baca@sfcc.edu)

UNM-Los Alamos   (contact: Grace Willerton, gwillert@unm.edu)

UNM-Taos   (contact: Avelina Martinez, Avelina@unm.edu)

New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology (contact: Titia Dons Barham, tbarham@admin.nmt.edu)


Informative Webinars and Powerpoint Presentations:

Introduction to the Program: 



Financial Aid Information:

Financial Aid.pdf

STeP Financial Aid Video


Information on Mathematics:


STeP Mathematics Video


Information on Internships: 


STeP Internships Video

LANL Internships Video


Presentations by Academic Departments:

Earth & Environmental Sciences: Earth and Environmental Sciences

MechE:  Mechnical Engineering


Other Links :

Luna Community College News Letter Sample