About the Program

Northern Illinois University offers The PROMISE (Providing Resources and Opportunity to Maximize Interest in STEM Education) Scholars Program designed to attract and support students interested in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). 

The PROMISE program is structured to attract students with an interest in a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

  • New college freshmen with interest in undergraduate degrees in science, engineering, mathematics or technology with 0-29 semester hours of credit.
  • STEM sophomores majoring in undergraduate degrees in science, engineering, mathematics or technology with 30-59 semester hours of credit.
  • Freshmen and sophomore students who are undecided about their major but may have an interest in STEM fields.

PROMISE Scholars integrate academic initiatives with real world experiences through research, academic activities, and expose students to a diversity of STEM career fields through a career course.

The PROMISE Scholars Program is funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program. 

Collaborations between the College of Engineering and Technology, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the CHANCE Program, the Academic Advising Center and Career Services create an inter-disciplinary initiative designed to raise student achievement. 


PROMISE allows students

  • to embrace the rigors of academic achievement in math and science
  • to participate in STEM learning communities in the classroom and residence halls
  • to gain exposure to professional careers and research related to science,  engineering and math 
  • the opportunity to improve their academic achievement in STEM courses
  • to heighten their interest in the profession through planned visits to corporations