Create your Career in Science with 'Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics' (PRISM)



PRISM is an interdisciplinary program to promote interest in Mathematics, Physics, Biology and the sciences among college and high-school students. The goal is to engage students in the excitement of discovery and research leading to research co-op positions and further undergraduate research opportunities with faculty. The program is supported by the National Science Foundation and is run jointly by faculty from Mathematics, Physics and Biology.

PRISM offers biweekly seminars and social events throughout the fall for students interested in science or mathematics, a free one-credit research-based course in the Spring semester (open to all students in their first two years), and an intensive 4-week program during May (by application, stipend provided) exploring topics in Math, Physics, and Biology, leading on to opportunities for research co-ops and internships. Explore this website for additional information on PRISM activities.  


  1. PRISM provides opportunities for student exploration
  2. PRISM allows students to work together on challenging projects in science and math outside of the normal classroom environment
  3. PRISM gets students to think creatively and utilize the critical problemsolving skills necessary for careers in emerging science fields

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number NSF 0928587. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.