STEM majors thrive at Valpo! According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations grew 20% faster than non-STEM occupations over the last decade. STEM employees also earn, on average, 29% more than their non-STEM counterparts.

Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation (Award 1564855), science, technology, and mathematics majors within the College of Arts and Sciences are enhancing their skills through the EPIC scholarship program.

EPIC Program Features

EPIC students receive:

  • A scholarship up to $5,300 per year, renewable for up to 4 years,
  • The opportunity to participate in a research group beginning the first year,
  • A faculty mentor as an excellent resource for both acclimating to college life and planning for life beyond Valpo,
  • A cohort of other students with similar interests, and
  • Social and educational activities including an annual retreat, monthly gatherings, and bi-annual field trips.

EPIC Application Timeline

The EPIC program has awarded all of its scholarships on the current grant, so will not be awarding new scholarships for 2020-2021 new students. There are still undergraduate research opportunities available. New students who are interested in undergraduate research may talk with their academic advisor or any of their professors during fall semester 2020 to learn more about research lab openings.

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Outstanding Research Facilities

Center for the Sciences

New in Fall 2017, this stunning 55,000-square-foot facility contains wet labs for chemistry, biochemistry, and biology along with incredible student lounge spaces.

Gellersen Center for Mathematics

Mathematics, statistics, and data science students take advantage research groups beginning in the first year in this versatile space.

Kallay-Christopher Hall

Housing the Valparaiso University Weather Center and Geographic Applications Laboratories, geography, environmental science, and meteorology students work with state-of-the-art instrumentation.

Neils Science Center

This facility was renovated in 2017-18 providing updated space for physics, astronomy, and biology labs including the Valparaiso University Observatory and a new biology cadaver lab.