The iSTEM – interdisciplinary Seaver Transition, Engagement and Mentoring – learning community dives right into the heart of why LMU’s Seaver College of Science and Engineering exists. The concept of interdisciplinary collaboration, how two or more academic fields converge to solve a problem and innovate new ideas, is foundational to our college and at the core of iSTEM. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, we provide our students with an education of sufficient scope to enable them to make significant contributions to the solutions of problems confronting humankind. This community is designed for first year students majoring in science, engineering, or mathematics. All first-year students will automatically be a part of the iSTEM community and invited to college-wide events. There are no additional costs associated with this program.
iSTEM activities are designed to help students make sense of their academic experiences through discussion and reflection to gain a greater awareness of the interconnectedness of the STEM fields and the university. Focus is on the interdisciplinary approaches to global challenges, exposure to real-world applications based on the scholarship of LMU faculty and community building among science and engineering peers.
"What I’ve gotten from LMU is a sense of community and family. It’s not just about learning in the classroom. It’s about how are you growing and learning as a person."
- Alicia Esquival
Civil Engineering Major
"I really identify with the idea of educating the whole person. If I just concentrated on academics, I’d feel like I cheated myself out of so much."
- Nicholas Breceda
Mechanical Engineering Major