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National Science Foundation Presents

Pathways and Career Explorations in STEM (PaCES)


About PaCES

The goal of the PaCES Program is to increase the retention and success of students interested in STEM and to provide support and resources that include professional and career explorations and links to transfer, summer research programs, graduate programs, and paid internshps.

PaCES is a 2-track program:

Track 1: for new entering or early college students

 Track 2: for students preparing for transfer

This program is open to all Valley & Pierce STEM students

Benefits Who can participate?
  • Pathways to STEM workshop
  • Summer Chemistry Enrichment
  • 2-Unit Research Methods Class
  • 1-Week Immersive Research Experience at the USC Wrigley Institute at Catalina Island
  • Connections to paid internships in STEM
  • Connection to STEM professionals and mentors


  • First year/entering student at LAVC or Pierce College
  • Undeclared majors exploring STEM
  • Students intending to major in STEM
  • Students in their 2nd year or beyond at LAVC or Pierce College 
  • Students preparing to transfer for Fall 2023



First Consideration: August 1, 2022

After August 1st, applications will be considered on a rolling basis

Download a PaCES Appliction

For an application or more information, please contact Luis Cabrera at

This material is based upon work supported by NSF Award Number 2121999: HSI Implementation and Evaluation Project: Pathway.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.