What STEM Majors Should Include on a College Resume

by Robinson, Marcia Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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There is no one way to write a good college resume. Visit any college career center and you can usually find hundreds of sample college resumes that any college student can use. Although there are differences in layout and style, all good college resumes include certain basic items. These basic parts of a college resume are correct contact information, education and work. Depending on your college major though, there might be some specific sections of a college resume of greater interest for some hiring managers.

One group of college students that is very attractive to hiring managers are students who are in STEM majors. STEM is an acronym meaning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. If you are a college student in a STEM major here are a few specific tips for writing a college resume with the things employers want to see.

PROJECTS

The projects included in the college resume of a STEM student should be non-trivial projects. When writing about projects, be sure to include any specific lab equipment, processes or outcomes from STEM related projects. In addition to the lab skills, mention any project work in teams with other college students.

RESEARCH

Many college students in STEM majors partner with faculty on significant research while they are in college. This research involvement is great content for college resumes from STEM students. Include research experiences, on or off campus, poster presentations or research methodologies.

INTERNSHIPS AND CO-OPS

Internships and co-ops are important for all college students regardless of major. For STEM majors, it can be really significant and could be the competitive advantage that one college student has over another. Employers want to see that STEM majors are not just interested in their college coursework, but also in the practical applications of their studies in real work environments.

SUMMER FELLOWSHIPS

College students with STEM majors considering graduate school, should use summers to participate in academic fellowships at research universities. For example, the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences and Policies (IGSP) is open to college undergraduates, even freshman and sophomores, with an interest in this genome sciences.

College students with majors in STEM disciplines are going to continue to be in demand in the 21st century. To stay competitive, college students need to have strong college resumes with evidence of research, projects, internships, co-ops and academic fellowships.