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STEM-TRAC is a college wide initiative, with three campuses assigned as STEM hubs: North, Kendall, and Wolfson campuses. Its Director, Outreach Manager, and Coordinators, under the supervision of the Dean of the School of Science, ensure all interventions and activities are delivered to students across the Miami Dade College campuses, as the address the established goals of enrollment, retention, completion and transfer to a four-year institution. 

For additional information:

Alejandro Alvarez
STEM TRAC Grant Director
Miami Dade College
North Campus
Room 1381
11380 NW 27th Ave.
Miami, FL 33167
Phone: 305-237-1361
Fax: 305-237-1529

STEM Ladder

MDC’s STEM Ladder offers participants innovative approaches to STEM education, impacting their learning experience in a multi-level pipeline from high school to post-secondary enrollment at Miami Dade College, with transfer to a four-year institution and completion of a STEM baccalaureate degree. The High-Impact practices that will be incorporated into the program, which include high school summer camps, summer research institutes, interdisciplinary teaching (Learning Communities), service learning, and undergraduate research internships, will lead Hispanic and low-income students to achieve STEM degrees. 

For further information:

Laura Iglesias
STEM Ladder Grant Director
Miami Dade College, North Campus
Room 1323
11380 NW 27th Ave.
Miami, FL 33167
Tel 305-237-1598
Fax 305-237-1529

Florida-Caribbean Consortium for Agriculture Education & Hispanic Workforce Development

Miami Dade College's Florida-Caribbean Consortium for Agriculture Education & Hispanic Workforce Development (FCCAgE) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Program provides student experiential learning for undergraduate underrepresented students. The main goal is to retain them in BS programs, and channel them to the workforce. As a multi-institutional consortium funded by the USDA Hispanic Serving Institution's Grants Program.

The Biology department of Miami Dade College, North Campus works with Florida International University (FIU), St. Thomas University and Universidad Inter-Americana de Puerto Rico, San German, Puerto Rico. Among other institutions, the FCCAgE is partnering with Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden and Earth Learning in order to offer students with a holistic, multidisciplinary, and problem-based approach necessary for tackling tomorrow's agro-ecological challenges. Student participants have the potential to receive funding for their Bachelor's degree in Biological sciences at Miami Dade College.

Learn more about the USDA-HSI program 

Bridge to the Baccalaureate

The University of Miami (UM) and Miami Dade College (MDC) have collaborated on the Bridge to the Baccalaureate Program since 1994.  The long-term goal of the program is to encourage students from underrepresented groups to pursue PhDs in the biomedical sciences.  It is designed to facilitate their transition into the biomedical sciences at UM. The Bridge Program is funded and supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS).  The key components of the Bridge Program are Special courses, Research experiences, Faculty mentoring, and travel to national science meetings.

For further information contact:
North Campus - Carla Muriel: 305-237-1120 or 305-237-1101;  
Wolfson Campus - Virginia Fuillerat: 305-237-7353;  
University of Miami - Michael Gaines: 305-284-5058;


Florida Georgia Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP)

FGLSAMP in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), aims to significantly increase the numbers of STEM baccalaureate, masters and Ph.D. recipients through the implementation of best practices established over the past 14 years of operation. The FGLSAMP model employed to meet our goal is based upon a holistic approach designed to facilitate STEM recruitment, STEM retention, professional and academic development and STEM graduation at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. This model will also assist our ability to cultivate greater program execution and output.

For additional information:
Heather J. Belmont, Ph.D.
Telephone: 305-237-1757
Fax: 305-237-1529

Bank of America Biosciences Program

The purpose of the Bank of America Biosciences program is to train and place low-income students in high-wage, high-growth bioscience fields, directly aligning with the College’s mission of changing lives through the opportunity of education.

This program will provide support to students in a variety of ways to ensure entry, retention, completion, and job placement. The first form of support will be through student stipends to low-income students enrolled in biosciences career ladder programs. It will target students who have additional financial needs beyond what is covered in their financial aid package.

For additional information:

Loleatha Dukes
Assistant to the Dean
School of Science
Miami Dade College
11380 NW 27th Ave., A338
Miami, Florida  33167
Telephone: 305-237-1469
Fax: 305-237-1529


The SPARC (Science Peer and Research Collaborative) Program supported by the U.S. Department of Education under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program, serves to generate curricular innovation, undergraduate research initiatives, and a peer to peer success network that produces increased minority participation in science, particularly for males, through a collaboration between Miami Dade College School of Science (MDC) and Nova Southeastern University (NSU).The project SPARC has established four objectives:

  1. Develop research competencies, curriculum, and relevant courses for the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, and physics
  2. To provide underrepresented students with financial support, mentorship, peer networking, and early-undergraduate research experiences.
  3. To create, deliver, and disseminate training on the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research for undergraduate students, focusing on new researchers and underrepresented groups, in a format that can be used face-to-face or electronically.
  4. MDC will establish strengthened interactions and collaborations to facilitate seamless transfer of MDC program graduates to NSU for completion of a bachelor’s program or to pursue graduate studies 

For additional information:
Zhiqi Zhang, Ph.D. 
SPARC Grant Director
Miami Dade College, North Campus
Room A324
11380 N.W. 27th Ave.
Miami, FL.  33167
Phone: 305-237-8095
Fax: 305-237-1529

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution which does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
disability, veteran’s status, ethnicity, pregnancy, sexual orientation or genetic information. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator, at 305.237.2577.