School of Science

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Benefits of Participating in Undergraduate Research

  • Explore different career paths
  • Build transferable skills and enhance your resume
  • Improve your chances for graduate or professional school
  • Opportunity to present and publish your research
  • Contribute knowledge and impact the world

The School of Science supports undergraduate research opportunities for MDC students enrolled in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) pathway.

What is “research”?

The Council on Undergraduate Research defines it as:

An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.

Research is a process to discover new knowledge by using a systematic investigation. It’s different from other forms of discovering new knowledge, like reading a book or going to class, because you use the scientific method to discover the knowledge.

How does it work at MDC?

The School of Science has opportunities for students to participate in STEM undergraduate research in the spring and summer semesters. Students are paired with a faculty mentor to work on a project related to the mentor’s scholarly work or ongoing research. Your mentor will get you started on a project, teach you the tools and techniques, and provide the resources that you will need for your research. The School of Science will provide you with professional skills workshops that complement what you are learning from your mentor and help prepare you to share your research with others.


The SRI Process

Apply

Research

  • Students and faculty are paired.
  • Students attend an Orientation and receive their lab notebooks.
  • Research begins!

Present

  • Students submit original abstracts and scientific posters.
  • Students present at the School of Science Annual STEM Research Symposium in September and other regional conferences.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be in good academic standing.
  2. Must be an active and enrolled STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) degree-seeking student at MDC. Health Sciences (i.e. pre-med, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy) are not considered STEM for the purpose of SRI.

    MDC offer the following STEM pathways:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biotechnology
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Psychology
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Programming
  • Database Technology
  • Data Analytics
  • Architectural
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Industrial
  • Mechanical
  • Ocean
  • Math
  1. Must have a minimum of fifteen(15) credits completed in any of the STEM disciplines.
  2. For summer research, students must be enrolled in at least six (6) summer-term, pathway/major-related credits at MDC (must provide paid summer schedule prior to beginning research). For spring research, students must be enrolled in at least three (3) spring-term pathway/major-related courses at MDC (must provide paid spring or summer schedule prior to beginning research).
  3. Must provide at least one (1) letter of recommendation from a STEM professor.
  4. Must be committed to completing the deliverables stated by the program and those agreed upon with the faculty mentor.
  5. Must be willing to travel to campus or designated research location as needed and agreed upon with the faculty mentor.
  6. Must be a Citizen of the United States, National of the United States (as defined in Section 101 (a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), Aliens admitted as refugees under Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, or Aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.*
  7. Students’ academic schedules must allow for sufficient time commitment to research efforts. (i.e. not taking too many credits, timing of classes must allow for laboratory activities).
  8. Must have completed the FAFSA form for the academic year.

*Please note that these are the eligibility requirements for research sponsored by federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Science Foundation. If you are interested in participating in undergraduate research and do not meet the citizenship requirement, please reach out to us. We may have additional opportunities that you can participate in.

The Program

Spring ResearchSummer Research
120 hours (January through April)
240 hours (May through August)
Professional Skills Workshops:

Orientation

Lab Notebooks

Research Ethics

Online Research Best Practices

Abstract and Scientific Writing

Professional Skills Workshops:

Orientation

Lab Notebooks

Research Ethics

Data Analysis and Presentation

Abstract and Scientific Poster Preparation

Deliverables:

Abstract and five page scientific research paper

Deliverables:

Abstract and Scientific Poster

Presentation at the Annual STEM Research Symposium in September

Research Sites:

MDC Campuses

University of Florida - Davie Campus

Nova Southeastern University - Davie Campus, and

Florida Atlantic University - Davie Campus

Research Sites:

MDC Campuses

St.Thomas University

University of Florida - Davie Campus

Nova Southeastern University - Davie Campus, and

Florida Atlantic University - Davie Campus

Symposium

Summer research culminates with the School of Science Annual STEM Research Symposium. In September, students and their families, faculty, staff, and industry representatives, gather together to celebrate the accomplishments of our student researchers. Over 120 Students collegewide showcase research posters and a select few make oral presentations to an audience of more than 300 individuals. The Dean of the School of Science presents awards to students for the best oral presentations, best posters, and best project as selected by student peers.


Research Opportunities

The School of Science offers paid spring and summer STEM Research opportunities. Applications are available in October and March. Contact the School of Science for information on specific deadlines.

If you are interested in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) beyond MDC, please see the links below.

Don’t see a specific opportunity? Join the STEM Community of Interest on SharkNet to learn about more local opportunities or email STEM@mdc.edu for help finding the right internship.