Check out Perimeter College Office of STEM Initiatives!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Perimeter College Office of STEM Initiatives is to promote student access and to improve student success in the STEM disciplines.  Georgia Perimeter College created the Office with a goal to provide college-wide leadership for STEM activities.  With the generous support of the University System of Georgia and the Perimeter College administration, the STEM Initiatives Office was created to aid in this effort.


In 2006, a national debate ensued about the declining state of STEM education in the United States.  It was noted that if the US was going to continue to be a major contender in the world market place that the talent pool of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and technologists not only needed to be replenished but also expanded.  Consequently, in 2007 the America COMPETES Act (P.L. 110-69) became law which was designed to create opportunities and meaningfully promote excellence in technology, education, and science with a specific emphasis on promoting research in science and engineering and STEM education from K – postdoctoral education.

Subsequently in 2007, USG announced it STEM Initiative led by the Office of Educational Access and Success.  The USG STEM Initiative is a project that is designed to improve student access and success in the STEM fields and enhance instructional capabilities of STEM faculty in Georgia’s postsecondary institutions.  USG institutions and P-12 partners work to implement the goals of the STEM initiative which are to increase:

  • The number of P-12 students who prepare for and are interested STEM majors in college
  • The success rates and number of students in college who pursue STEM discipline
  • The number of teachers who are prepared in science and mathematics

Goals of the PC STEM Initiatives Office

The goals of the PC STEM Initiatives Office are in alignment with the USG STEM Initiative.  The goals of the office are to:

  • Increase the success rate of students in STEM “gatekeeping” courses
  • Provide educational opportunities and support for students choosing STEM disciplines as a major
  • Deepen student and faculty engagement in college-wide STEM activities
  • Support, connect and strengthen collaborations to advance STEM preparation for P-20 students and faculty
  • Develop and support exemplary practices and policies in STEM education at the 2-year college level


To request more information, please contact the Office of STEM Initiatives:
Decatur Campus

3251 Panthersville Road

Decatur, GA 30034

p. 678-891-2895

f: 678-891-2313


Dr. Cynthia Lester
Executive Director

Ms. Vertilee Henry
Administrative Assistant


Atlanta Campus Resources

Students entering the Chemistry or Mathematics sequences are required to take placement exams.  These exams help to ensure that you will be placed in the appropriate course for your background in the subject area.  For more information, check the FAQs pages for the Chemistry and Mathematics exams.

If you have AP credit, you may be able to use this as a prerequisite for certain courses. Please make an appointment with the undergraduate advisor from the relevant department to ensure that you are placed in the right course and that your work is entered correctly into the registration system.

Academic Clubs

STEM discipline majors can join a number of student-led academic clubs. These clubs offer great opportunities to get to know other majors, learn more about your chosen field, and explore career opportunities.

American Institute of Professional Geologists

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

American Undergraduate Dental Association (AUDA)

Astronomy Club

Beta Beta Beta National Biology Honor Society/Biology Club

Chemistry Club

Collegiate Neuroscience Society

Gamma Theta Upsilon (Geography)

Geosciences Club

Mathematics & Statistics Club at GSU

Minority Association of Pre-Health Students

Pre-Pharmacy Club

Professional Science Club

Society of Physics Students

Undergraduate STEM Research Society


Looking for a Career in STEM?

Check out these sites!

  • The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a free online database, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, that contains hundreds of occupational definitions to help students, job seekers, businesses and workforce development professionals to understand today’s world of work in the United States.
  • Indeed enables you to search jobs posted on 1,000’s of websites. Employers also post jobs directly on Indeed. No matter where a job is posted, it will be easy to find when you use Indeed.
  • The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), a division of Georgia Bio (GaBio), is devoted to promoting networking between emerging and established professionals within the Georgia Life Sciences Community. ELN’s programs are designed to facilitate the growth and development of Georgia based biotechnology academic institutions, industries and service providers. A goal of ELN is to retain and cultivate locally educated talent, as well as to welcome and integrate new members to the Georgia Biotechnology Community. In pursuit of these goals, ELN provides opportunities for developing industry contacts, mentoring, and career enhancement through a variety of programs.The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) offers young professionals and graduate students who are interested in life sciences the opportunity to:
    • Connect with each other, as well as with established professionals
    • Engage in learning opportunities that provide exposure to both leading scientists and business experts
    • Emerge into the leaders of tomorrow

Joining ELN is easy, and it doesn’t cost a thing. Email eln@gabio with your first and last name, affiliation and email address.

  • The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) is a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide all trainees with evidence-based mentorship and professional development programming that emphasizes the benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity and culture within mentoring relationships, and more broadly the research workforce. The goal of the National Research Mentoring Network is to enhance the diversity of the NIH-funded research workforce. NRMN links highly knowledgeable and skilled mentors from various disciplines with talented, motivated and diverse mentees from the undergraduate to early career faculty level. NRMN will employ and disseminate innovative best practices for mentorship training, unique opportunities for networking and professional development intended to facilitate the attainment of hallmarks of successful research career progression for mentees at each career stage.Who can get involved?
    • Undergraduate Students
    • Graduate Students
    • Postdocs
    • Faculty
    • Non-Faculty Researchers
    • Program Directors
    • Disciplinary, Professional & Institutional Leaders