Volume 47, Number 2 - September 8, 2009


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STEM students beware: Money Coming Your Way

By Laurie Charles
laurie.charles002@mymdc.net

STEM students in lab
Photo courtesy of MDC media relations

Amid the current economic turmoil, Miami Dade College has received a number of grants from the National Science Foundation, the Motorola Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education, for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors.

Due to the NSF grants, STEM students were offered new scholarships: Windows of Opportunity, a $4,600 scholarship, and Advancing Careers in Excellence, a $5,000 scholarship.

Forty STEM students will be the recipients of Windows of Opportunity and 30 STEM students will receive the ACE scholarship. Deadline to apply was September 4. 

“Students are taking advantage of these opportunities and are applying,” said Guillermina Damas, Chairperson for the Natural Science, Health, and Wellness department at the Wolfson Campus.

MDC has also received a $50,000 grant from the Motorola Foundation. The grant was dedicated to STEM careers for the 21st century, a program created for high school students that exposes and motivates them to explore the varied career opportunities STEM degrees have to offer.

“The purpose of this program is to give high school students the chance to explore the different fields of STEM,” said Maria Poviones- Bishop, Director of Industry Relations at MDC’s School of Computer and Engineering Technologies.

In addition to the NSF and Motorola grants, MDC has also received a grant from The US Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Program, worth almost  $900,000, to be awarded over a period of three years.

The grant will go to The STEM Connections Program, an effort between MDC North Campus and St. Thomas University to provide support, encouragement, and motivation to high school students who hope to obtain a STEM degree.

The STEM Connections Program primarily focuses on high school students.

However, “MDC STEM students can get involved at multiple levels; they can serve as peer tutors, they can take advantage of the tutoring offered in the sciences, or they can apply for summer research internships,” said Dr. Heather Belmont, chairperson for the biology, health and wellness department. 

MDC STEM students with a “C” or higher in a STEM course can also apply for the Summer Mentor Research Training Institute and be eligible to receive a stipend of up to $2,700. For more information on how to get involved, contact Belmont at 305-237-1757.


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