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Reaching Rural STEM Students - R2S2

Reaching Rural STEM Students - R2S2

What is R2S2?

Reaching Rural STEM-H Students (R2S2) is a 4.9 million grant funded by the U.S. Department Of Education to serve Hispanic and low-income students from rural areas to achieve advancement in STEM-H fields of study.

Grant Priorities:

UNM-Valencia is committed to improving the educational attainment of minority, low-income students in our rural services area. The Reaching Rural STEM Students (R2S2) project is designed to address U.S. Department of Education’s absolute priorities by implementing full support services needed to complete demanding Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health (STEM-H) degree programs and providing expanded transfer assistance to four-year STEM-H bachelor’s degree programs, all supported by evidence that meets moderate evidence of effectiveness.

Priority 1: Improve student-centered services, tutoring, student services programs to improve academic success.

Priority 2: Increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining STEM-H degrees and develop model STEM-H transfer articulation agreements.

Who we serve:

The R2S2 grant is specifically designed to target students from rural, low income and Hispanic student’s pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health. Though the program offers great services, R2S2 recognizes student success is a campus-wide effort. Tutoring is open to all students.

What is STEM-H?

STEM-H stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health subject areas. These are areas of study and career fields that you can pursue.

UNM-Valencia STEM-H areas of study available:

    • Computer Aided Drafting and Design
    • Digital Media Arts
    • Game Design and Simulation
    • General Science
    • Health Information Technology
    • Informational Technology
    • Mathematics
    • Nursing
    • Pre-Engineering

*Please see advisors to understand all of your options and get specific degree requirements.

If you would like to receive the R2S2 Monthly Newsletter, please email a request

Summer New Student Orientation (NSO)

  • May 31st              Friday                    8:30 – 3:30
  • June 21st             Friday                    8:30 – 3:30
  • July 26th             Friday                    8:30 – 3:30
  • August 16th         Friday                    8:30 – 3:30

Contact Student Services to register today 505-925-8560!

R2S2 EVENTS: Returning in the Fall

  • BioBlitz
  • Mole Day
  • STEM Speaker Series
  • Transfer Tuesday
  • Walkabouts (NMSU, NMTech, and UNM Main) 

Stay tuned for monthly updates!

Visit Us:

Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM

Learning Resource Center
across the hall from the Library


The R2S2 offers

Tutoring, mentoring, computer and calculator check out, quiet study space, computer labs, assistance with finding/applying for internships, volunteering, shadowing, transferring support, and undergraduate research opportunities.

Contact Us:  

Phone: 505.925.8907

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