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School of STEAM

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics

Why embrace STEAM at SFU?

Wherever your interests lie, we believe in helping every student develop a mind for exploration.


Graduates of Saint Francis University's School of STEAM address challenges and seize opportunities. They are compassionate, responsible, motivated, and confident citizens who:


  • Think critically and creatively

  • Respect life

  • Cherish continued learning

  • Promote moral, spiritual, and social development

  • Practice appropriate personal and professional ethical behavior

  • Communicate clearly in writing and speaking

  • Work effectively in teams

  • Leverage technology responsibly

  • Recognize their responsibilities to family, community, country, and world

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transformational experiences inside and outside of the classroom


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acquire unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge, skills, and values

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liberal arts education grounded in Franciscan values


Why Saint Francis?

Tackle your future with confidence.

Our integrative approach results in accomplished professionals who consider the complex dimensions of our society - aesthetics, culture, economics, the environment, history, mathematics, morality, politics, science, society, and technology.

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Guiding Principles within STEAM:

  • undergraduate research, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities
  • real-world projects fieldwork, service projects, community engagement activities
  • leadership and mentorship experiences, membership in professional societies, presenting at professional conferences
  • Interdisciplinary learning, projects, and activities
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A personalized approach to learning and leading

Our faculty members have been highly successful in receiving external funding for the enhancement of undergraduate STEAM education, both in the classroom and in the laboratory.



Dr. Peter Skoner
Dean, School of STEAM


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Opportunities for growth. Support for your passion.

Our School of STEAM gives students the opportunity to conduct research as early as soon as their freshman year. Our students practice their new skills through outreach activities such as Science Day, Multicultural Week, Darwin Day,  Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (R.O.C.K.),  PA Statistics Poster Competition, Pi Day, and many more. Many students also take part in study abroad programs and immersive learning experiences.


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STEAM by the Numbers

407,120 dollars in external grants secured for the 2020-2021 academic year by STEAM faculty and staff
5,627 friends in the community engaged in 193 STEAM activities during the 2020-2021 academic year
353 students enrolled in STEAM programs during the Fall 2021 semester
54 faculty in STEAM to challenge, support, and mentor students
21 students completed STEAM undergraduate research in the summer of 2021, while being paid minimum wage, with free housing and meal plan funded by the university and school
17 students on average in each STEAM class, to ensure students are engaged and involved, able to ask and answer questions
7 students for each faculty member (student to faculty ratio), ensuring students get individual attention



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Several academic programs within the School of STEAM at Saint Francis University are accredited by their respective specialized accrediting agencies.
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Latest News

Conservation genomics presentations free to public

Biology Department | 06/16/2023
The Biology department is hosting ConGen 2023, an international conservation genomics training workshop next week. Free evening presentations are open to the public on topics related to conservation biology and genetics/genomics.

Saint Francis joins Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project with NASA

University Communications & Marketing | 06/14/2023
Officially joining the Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project (NEPB) with NASA, the Saint Francis team will gather and contribute valuable scientific and engineering data by casting weather balloons far into Earth's atmosphere during solar eclipses in 2023 and 2024.

Biology professor interviewed on NPR about octopus RNA research

University Communications & Marketing | 06/14/2023
SFU biology professor, Dr. Matthew Birk, is one of the scientists featured in an NPR interview that delves into an article in the journal Cell, where researchers report that octopuses can edit genetic information.

Engineering Internships Help Secure Employment After Graduation 

Engineering Department | 05/02/2023
Completing an engineering internship can open the door to many career opportunities and help you take the first steps toward your dream job. This year, we are proud to announce a class of interns and graduates from Saint Francis University’s General Engineering program that includes several students participating in a stratospheric ballooning project, students working for companies ranging from Leonardo DRS to Lighthouse Electric, and two students that we are proud to highlight below. These two students have secured job offers in their desired engineering field, which stemmed from their

Engineering Majors Land Notable Internship Positions

Engineering Department | 05/01/2023
Engineering internships allow students, like junior Kaitlyn Maxwell and senior Skye Eicher, to gain practical experience in various engineering fields. Kaitlyn & Skye will learn from experienced professionals, work on exciting projects, and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their chosen fields. Read their stories!

Art 300 Class hosts VIP Day to work on mural

University Communications & Marketing | 04/04/2023
The Fine Arts and Education departments along with the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art and muralist Deb Bunnell are woking on a collaborative mural project. The Art 300 class hosted a VIP Day with Fr. Malachi to share their progress.

Applications are open for High School Summer Academies

University Communications & Marketing | 03/14/2023
Saint Francis University is currently accepting applications from high school students interested in attending the 2023 Summer Academies. SFU Summer Academies are one-week, residential, immersive programs for high school students who are currently in grades 10 and 11 (and are at least 15 years old) and are interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics. Thanks to generous funding, most academies are offered at the discounted rate of $550; the Environmental Science and Engineering Academy is $150. This includes all instruction materials, plus room and