School of Science

Wolfson Campus

Opening Gateways: Mathematics Success and Emotional Intelligence

Gateways is a Title V grant centered on emotional intelligence and mathematics success with the goal of improving retention, progression, and completion rates among high-need, low-income students. Through the integration of emotional intelligence (EI) development, Gateways is designed to (1) improve mathematics outcomes of direct entry students through supported mathematics acceleration via their Summer Bridge math academy and (2) engage faculty and staff in educational development on campus. Gateways support services are open to students from all academic pathways and include intensive mathematics review, Financial Literacy forums, Social-Emotional Learning forums, Peer-Led Team Learning, three-tiered mentoring, and accelerated math courses (MAT1033 or MGF1107). If you would like more information, please contact our team at gateways@mdc.edu.

STEM Legacy

STEM Legacy is a Title III grant project dedicated to assisting students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). STEM Legacy will establish the STEM AXIS Center (a centralized resource hub for students); develop a peer-to-peer learning community; provide mentoring and tutoring through Peer Academic Leaders and PeerLed Team Learning; implement specialized courses; hold workshops; provide appreciative advising; enhance STEM facilities; and coordinate research and internship opportunities. If you would like more information, please contact our team at stemlegacy@mdc.edu.


Homestead Campus

STEM – Wave

Through this project, successive waves of well-prepared science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors will receive a network of services that will enable them to advance to timely associate’s degree completion. The first wave will consist of high school students with an interest in STEM careers who will participate in dual enrollment. The second wave will consist of non–dual enrollment MDC Homestead Campus students in STEM pathways. For more information, please contact Elena Cruz, Grant Project Director at ecruz7@mdc.edu or 305-237-5145.

L’Oréal USA / American Association for the Advancement of Science Changing the Face of STEM 

The L’Oréal USA / American Association for the Advancement of Science Changing the Face of STEM grant recruits area high school girls to MDC’s Homestead Campus and inspires them towards a terminal degree / career in STEM by providing STEM oriented opportunities such as working in a lab and hearing STEM professionals tell their story on how they got into STEM. Participants, who are underrepresented minority high school girls, learn how to identify unknown bacteria by inoculating various types of media to assess biochemical changes that the bacterial can elicit upon the media.  The girls will also stain the bacteria with dye to observe the morphology and arrangement of bacteria using light microscopy. The workshop participants also receive peer mentoring from current and former MDC Homestead Campus Microbiology students and faculty and learn from guest speakers who are phenomenal women in STEM. For more information, please contact: Dr. M. Nia Madison at mmadison@mdc.edu or 305-237-5208.

STEP 2 STEM

The STEP 2 STEM project will boost the success of low-income, academically talented students in STEM majors. The project consists of three primary phases. During the first phase, participants will take paired, redesigned gatekeeper mathematics and Student Life Skills courses, acquiring improved study habits, time management, other soft skills that will enhance their academic experience and their performance in the gatekeeper math course. The following term, participants enter the One Step Up phase, where they will implement the skills acquired during the first term and demonstrate a strong motivation and desire to succeed in their chosen STEM pathway. The third phase, Stepping Out, occurs during participants’ final two terms at MDC and includes field trips to universities and STEM employers, presentations by STEM professionals, research experiences, and transfer assistance. For more information, please contact Elena Cruz, Grant Project Director at ecruz7@mdc.edu or 305-237-5145.

iCATCH (Innovative Curriculum for Agriculture Training and career for Hispanics) 

iCATCH (Innovative Curriculum for Agriculture Training and career for Hispanics) aims to increase awareness among students in areas such as scientific agriculture, soil conservation, pest management, horticulture and natural resource conservation. The program helps minority students prepare for nationwide USDA mission-critical occupations, such as biological and food scientists and technicians, soil conservation specialists and horticulture technicians. iCATCH sponsors paid scientific research internships as well as community engagement activities for STEM students. For more information, please contact: Angelica Cavallaro at acavalla@mdc.edu or 305-237-5506.


Padrón Campus 

STEM Beyond

STEM Beyond is a program designed to address the needs of minority students studying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The aim is to provide wraparound services online and beyond the classroom by improving graduation and transfer-ready rates among STEM declared students at Padrón Campus. Services and opportunities include cultivating a virtual community of learners, providing dedicated academic advising and support, supplying peer mentoring and coaching, and improving students' STEM identity. For more information, please contact: Justin Estevez at jesteve2@gmail.com or 305-237-6415.

STEM-Mia

STEM-Mia (or “My STEM” in Spanish) project aims to increase success, retention, and degree completion of STEM academically talented, low-income students. In addition to providing scholarships, the program includes the following high-impact practices: undergraduate research experiences; advising and mentoring by STEM faculty; implementation of academic pathways and early alert systems; year-round STEM colloquia; field trips; service-learning projects; conference presentations; and extensive assistance in transfer to four-year institutions. STEM-Mia will broaden the participation of Hispanics and other underrepresented students, including first generation-in-college students in STEM fields and careers. For more information, please contact Willian Neris at wneris@mdc.edu or (305) 237-6616 or visit http://www.mdc.edu/entec/stem-mia/.

Dade Enterprise Cloud Computing Initiative (DECCI) 

Dade Enterprise Cloud Computing Initiative (DECCI) aims to develop and implement a new educational pathway in cloud computing. In Partnership with Amazon Web Services, the goals are (1) provide professional development training to technology faculty members to teach cloud computing courses; (2) create an academic pathway that will align a college credit certificate in Enterprise Cloud Computing to associate and baccalaureate degrees in information systems technology; (3) recruit, retain, and graduate students in the newly developed Enterprise Cloud Computing program; and (4) develop a K-16 pipeline by offering a Cloud 101 summer bootcamp for high school students. As a result, the project has the potential to increase the number of certified cloud computing technicians from underrepresented minority groups to meet local and national workforce needs. 

DECCI (Dade Enterprise Cloud Computing) Scholarships

Seventy-five (75) DECCI (Dade Enterprise Cloud Computing) scholarships available on a first-come first-served basis. For the academic year 2019-2020, scholarships in the amount of $400 will be given to each student who:

  1. Successfully complete CTS1145 and certify in AWS Cloud Practitioner (for Fall 2019) and/or
  2. Successfully complete CTS2375C and certify in AWS Solutions Architect - Solutions (for Spring 2020)

Students (for Summer 2020) who complete (1) and (2) will be eligible to apply to an all-expenses paid two-week trip to Paris, France, for a cloud computing educational experience. Four MDC students will be selected.

Each student can earn up to $800 ($400 per class). Also, AWS certification exam fee will be reimbursed up to two attempts per student.

For more information, please contact Dr. Elodie Billionniere at ebillion@mdc.edu or 305-237-6497.


North Campus 

STEM Pathways for Acceleration, Completion, and Transfer Success (STEM PACTS) 

STEM PACTS project aims to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students attaining STEM degrees by establishing (1) a streamlined transfer pathway model with personalized advisement for MDC STEM students to promote transfer to 4- year institutions; (2) a mentorship program with STEM professionals, including authentic undergraduate research experiences, internships in STEM industries, and scheduled interactions with STEM trailblazers; (3) a STEM Reinventing Educational Equity for Students (REEFS) Center for the implementation of student intervention strategies, including high-impact practices, to foster student completion of STEM courses; and (4) a STEM-focused early immersion program for incoming first-time-in-college students designed for direct advancement from high school to college. For more information, please contact Claudia Sánchez at csanch3@mdc.edu or 305-237-1469. For program updates: STEM PACTS _Lib guide 

STEM EngInE (Educate, Intern and Employ) 

STEM EngInE (Educate, Intern and Employ) provides academic engagement at local high schools, STEM academic advisement, peer mentoring and coaching, and paid summer research internships for STEM students. The grant also provides STEM life skills training, service learning opportunities, faculty professional development, and expanded articulation agreements with four-year universities. For more information, please contact Lisa DeCastro at ldecast1@mdc.edu or 305-237-8089.

iCATCH (Innovative Curriculum for Agriculture Training and career for Hispanics) 

iCATCH (Innovative Curriculum for Agriculture Training and career for Hispanics) aims to increase awareness among students in areas such as scientific agriculture, soil conservation, pest management, horticulture and natural resource conservation. The program helps minority students prepare for nationwide USDA mission-critical occupations, such as biological and food scientists and technicians, soil conservation specialists and horticulture technicians. iCATCH sponsors paid scientific research internships as well as community engagement activities for STEM students. For more information, please contact: Veronica Urquidi at vurquidi@mdc.edu or 305-237-1101.

NSU & MDC Cooperation and Alignment Grant

NSU & MDC Cooperation and Alignment Grant will provide outreach and academic support services for minority and low-income students to increase transfer and program completion for MDC students. Offering a first-year program, “Shark 2 Shark” is geared for students majoring in computer science, behavioral neuroscience or engineering (computer, biomedical or industrial). Shark 2 Shark will engage first year students in career/skill development, academic advisement, experiential learning, financial literacy, and mentorship. Additionally, students will be invited to partake in programming and services normally reserved for NSU students. Integrated academic support and experiential learning activities will help students excel in their academics and prepare a pathway for transfer to NSU. If you have questions or would like more information, you may contact Angelica Walker at awalker3@mdc.edu (305) 237-1268.

STEM Advanced Institute for Scholastic Leadership Experience (STEM AISLE)

STEM AISLE project intends to increase the enrollment, retention, success, and completion of minorities and female students in STEM programs, with a special focus on engineering and technology students, and to improve their employability upon graduation. This program will improve the academic, professional, and “soft-skills” of STEM students through tutoring, research experiences, service-learning, internships, e-portfolios, advisement/mentoring, a career speaker series, and financial literacy workshops. High achieving and motivated undergraduates who fulfill specific activities will earn the right to graduate with the Distinction in STEM Scholastic Leadership (DSSL) that will be reflected on the official undergraduate transcript.  Additionally, DSSL scholars will be honored with an illustrious graduation chord, signifying their distinction, to wear at commencement. For more information, please contact Claudia Sanchez at csanch3@mdc.edu or 305-237-4924.  Apply at: DSSL Application form. Visit the STEM AISLE: LibGuide


College-wide 

STEM Strategies for Maximizing Achievement, Retention, and Transfer (SMART)

STEM SMART proposes to increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining degrees in STEM fields by providing undergraduate research internships and field-based experiences at MDC and at four-year institutions; research skills training through a Promoting Research, Innovation and Mentoring Experiences Academy; STEM completion and transfer assistance in the form of a STEM Success Coach and Pre-Transfer Advisor; a peer support system and online supplemental instruction through Peer Navigators: An enhanced virtual STEM Community of Interest; college tours; and professional development for faculty undergraduate research mentors;  Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Castor via email at mcastor@mdc.edu or phone 305-237-1689 for additional information. 

STEM SPACE (Strategic Pathways to Academic Completion and Excellence) 

STEM SPACE (Strategic Pathways to Academic Completion and Excellence) has implemented a comprehensive range of proven, high-impact strategies including STEM specific academic advisement, Peer Led Team Learning, paid undergraduate research opportunities, and the STEM Community of Interest. STEM SPACE also assists STEM students with transferring into STEM pathways at four-year universities and reimburses transfer application fees. For more information, please contact: 305-237-1101

Florida Pathways to Success Grant

The Florida Pathways to Success Grant provides scholarships for students pursuing an Associate in Arts degree in a STEM pathway at MDC, with the stated intention of transferring to a four-year Bachelor of Science program in a STEM field. Through this scholarship, recipients may receive awards of $3600 ($1800 per semester; fall/spring) for yearlong full-time study. Students will be eligible to reapply and receive the scholarship twice. For more information, please contact Makenson Lamour at mlamour@mdc.edu or 305-237-1307.  Download out Florida Pathways to Success Application Form

Building Capacity: Hispanic STEM Student Success from 2‐year to 4‐year Institutions through CUREs Project

The Building Capacity: Hispanic STEM Student Success from 2‐year to 4‐year Institutions through CUREs project offers undergraduate research opportunities in the classroom as well as summer research internships. For more information, please contact Mandy Johnson at mjohns4@mdc.edu or 305-237-1101.