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STEM Mountaineer Connection
STEM Mountaineer Connection

STEM Mountaineer Connection – a summer engagement experience where incoming STEM interested students get early exposure to academic material, faculty in a variety of STEM disciplines, and undergraduate research.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

All STEM Mountaineer Connection applications must be submitted online. Click here, complete the application form and make sure all of the information provided is correct.

When do I need to apply?

The deadline is Monday, June 29, 2020.

Can I apply even though I have not yet been accepted into Schreiner University?

Yes! We encourage you to apply to the STEM Mountaineer Connection if you have applied to Schreiner University and are still awaiting a response from the university.

Can I still apply for the STEM Mountaineer Connection if I am a transfer student?

Yes! This program allows you to establish a cohort of like-minded students and an opportunity to meet STEM faculty and get acquainted with the campus.

How much does the STEM Mountaineer Connection cost?

Primary funding from our generous sponsors allows us to offer the program at this discounted rate of $500 per student. This fee covers the cost of tuition and fees, room and board, programming/supplies and all other meals and activities. You may want to bring quarters for laundry and funds should you want snacks or choose to eat outside of the provided meal-time.

How do I pay for the STEM Mountaineer Connection?

Once you have been accepted into the program, the cost of the program will be added to your student account. This account will need to be cleared prior to starting the school year. Detailed instructions will be sent to you, the student, once you have been accepted into the program on how to clear the account prior to school starting. Do not send payment to the registrar’s office. Questions about program payments should be directed to the STEM Mountaineer Connection Coordinator, Suzette Straps at or (830) 792-7454.

How do I apply for the grant?

We have limited grants available to assist with the registration cost. The grant will be applied towards your student account to assist with the cost of the program. Please apply here.

Can I save my application and work on it at a later time?

Unfortunately, no. The system we use to create the application is not able to save applications in between sessions. As a result, the application must be completed in one session.

I applied online for STEM Mountaineer Connection. When will I hear back about my acceptance?

After the deadline, students should expect to receive a response from our staff in two weeks. You will receive a response through both your schreiner and personal emails, as provided in your application. The email will contain forms for you to complete and bring with you to the STEM Mountaineer Connection check-in. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within two weeks or have trouble downloading the documents in the confirmation e-mail, please contact us at and we will verify your registration. Please also check your e-mail spam filter to ensure e-mails from have been marked as “not junk” and “always trust this sender.”

How can I contact someone for the STEM Mountaineer Connection?

Suzette Straps

The best form of contact is via email to The coordinator of the program is Suzette Straps. During the time of the STEM Mountaineer Connection, you may contact our staff from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling (830) 792-7438. If you need to send mail to the STEM Mountaineer Connection, please use the following address:

Schreiner University
STEM Mountaineer Connection Coordinator
Suzette Straps CMB 6247
2100 Memorial Blvd
Kerrville, TX 78028

What happens after I am accepted?

After you have been accepted into the STEM Mountaineer Connection, an email will be sent to both your Schreiner and personal emails two weeks after the application deadline closes. Please make sure you read through the e-mail and complete the necessary forms on time.

I applied for the STEM Mountaineer Connection and have not received an admission decision yet. What should I do?

Check your Schreiner University and personal emails as well as associated junk mail folders. Please make sure your spam filters are set to allow e-mails from If you have not received an email within two weeks of the application deadline date, please contact us at

What are the program dates?

The STEM Mountaineer Connection program dates are: July 12 to July 25, 2020

What are the directions to the STEM Mountaineer Connection Welcome and Check-In?

To find directions to the STEM Mountaineer Connection welcome and check-in, please enter the following address into a map search engine.

Delaney Campus Address:

Where do I park once I arrive at the STEM Mountaineer Connection?

Upon arrival, you may park at Lot B – Delaney Lot. It would be best to park around the housing area. Please use the Campus Map to show you where to go. Do not park in handicap or faculty-in-residence marked spots without proper permits.

If I do not enroll in my classes before the start of the STEM Mountaineer Connection, will I still be able to enroll in my classes?

Yes! Our staff will coordinate a date and time for students to enroll in their fall classes, and will notify the student of the details. However, we HIGHLY encourage completing your Mountaineer Orientation before the start date of the program.

I am enrolling the week before the STEM Mountaineer Connection check-in and was wanting to arrange early move-in or on-campus housing for the few days before the program start date. Is this possible?

If this is your situation, our program does not accommodate for students arriving early. Students will need to make their own accommodation arrangements prior to check-in for the STEM Mountaineer Connection.

Can I leave the program early or come late?

No. The STEM Mountaineer Connection requires student’s FULL participation for the duration of the program – no exemptions.

I have a prior engagement during the STEM Mountaineer Connection dates and temporarily need to leave campus and the program. Will I be allowed to do this?

No. Students will not be allowed to leave campus, or the program, for any reason—no exemptions. The program coordinator should be made aware of any questions or concerns regarding personal conflicts during the program dates as soon as possible.

I have already applied and been accepted to the program and can no longer attend. What do I need to do?

Please email immediately to let us know.

What is the STEM Mountaineer Connection?

The STEM Mountaineer Connection is a two-week residential, on-campus program for incoming freshmen and transfers of Schreiner University, who are planning to major in a STEM discipline. It truly is a two-week program that will change your future. Forever.
The summer program has been designed to help students prepare academically for coursework in the STEM fields, course credit, team building exercises and seminars. Additionally, students will build relationships with peers, faculty and staff. The program includes all housing, meals, seminars, team building exercises and much more. STEM Mountaineer Connection is an elite program that will put you one-step ahead in college.

Who can go to STEM Mountaineer Connection?

This program is for incoming freshmen and transfers who are majoring in a discipline in the STEM fields at Schreiner University. We want to help you start your Schreiner University college career on the right foot.

How many people will be at STEM Mountaineer Connection?

We are expecting approximately 24 participants this summer. Students are selected from a competitive application pool. This number is small and allows great relations to develop with peers, faculty and staff.

What do I need to bring to STEM Mountaineer Connection?

Students will be staying in the Delaney Hall, one of the residence halls. Do not forget to bring sheets for an extra-long twin size bed, toiletries, towels, tennis shoes, jeans and swimsuits. For a complete list of what to pack for STEM Mountaineer Connection, please refer to your acceptance packet.

Is there anything I can do to prepare for STEM Mountaineer Connection?

First, read ALL of the program emails. Make sure all your registration paperwork has been completed. Do not forget to bring the paperwork to check-in! Secondly, please register and attend your Mountaineer Orientation before the program starts. Then, get excited for the fun to begin!