Undergraduate Projects and Research (UPR) is a learning activity that enriches a student's academic experience and assists students in exploring career directions. UPR, along with a solid academic foundation, empowers students with critical thinking skills, a rational approach to problems and soft skills. Do you wonder how things work but are unsure how to find the answer? Everyone starts here. Science, mathematics, and engineering are complex activities in which people explore and learn about our planet, gadgets, mechanisms, organisms, and other observable phenomena. At a very early age, you started the process of understanding the world through observations and experiments. By participating in UPR and majoring in a STEM discipline, you will have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the world through discoveries that others and you have made, how to transform an idea into a research project, and how to do groundwork like literature review, technical writing and collaborate with peers and faculty. You also have the exciting opportunity to discover new knowledge and processes that will benefit others. To tackle some of these questions, we will consider both philosophical ideas as well as the mechanics of science. Our main goal at the STEM Department is to promote, simplify, and assist in the process of beginning and completing projects and research, provide basic mentorship to students wanting to engage in projects and research, and help connect students to other STEM faculty currently coordinating SLCC projects and research. Contact the STEM center or any Geoscience Department Faculty for more information.