The Science and Engineering Mentoring Outreach Program

Based at Santa Clara University

Our Mission

Santa Clara University students will participate in science education through outreach to a diverse community. In a mutually beneficial collaboration, SCU students will provide higher education role models, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) career awareness, and soft skill development through mentorship to high school students. High school students will be inspired and motivated to pursue higher education and careers in STEM and health fields by networking with young adult role models and being equipped with a variety of soft skills for success.


The Science and Engineering Menotring Outreach (SEMO) Program was founded and developed by the 2011-2012 President and Vice President of Santa Clara University Club Biology, Alison Gee and Heidi Cossentine, in partnership with the Program Director of the Santa Clara County Biotechnology Education Partnership (SCCBEP), Katy Korsmeyer, Ph.D., and the faculty adviser for Club Biology, Christopher Beatty, Ph.D. These individuals came together to inspire high school students from disadvantaged communities to stay in school, excel academically, and elevate their career aspirations.

The program prides itself on selecting those who embody the values represented on the SEMO coat of arms.