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National Science Foundation Awards MDC $600,000 Grant

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Miami, June 23, 2010 - The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded Miami Dade College (MDC) a STEM Innovations Generating Maximum Achievements (SIGMA) grant in the amount of $599,900.

The four-year grant is designed for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors college-wide who are eligible for financial aid, enrolled full-time and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Scholarships at a maximum of $5,000 per academic year will be awarded to students who qualify.

In addition to scholarships, MDC will use the funds to provide enrichment activities, such as mentoring, career planning, student-networking opportunities, science forums, internships, and service learning opportunities.

The SIGMA grant will become available in the 2010 fall semester. Applications can be obtained at The deadline to apply for the fall term is August 31; for the spring term it is January 14, 2011.  

The National Science Foundation, established in 1950, promotes and advances scientific progress in the United States. It is committed to ensuring the nation’s supply of scientists, engineers and science educators by enabling individuals to pursue technical careers.


For more information about the SIGMA grant, please contact Professor Miguel A. Montanez at 305-237-7995, or


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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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