School of Science

Wolfson Campus

STEM ARCOS

STEM ARCOS (Accelerate, Retain, Complete with Opportunities and Support). ARCOS offers student support services, academic assistance, and innovative programming to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students at the Wolfson Campus. Services and opportunities include academic advising and career resources, peer mentoring, events and workshops, undergraduate research opportunities, tutoring, peer-led team learning (PLTL), and specialized courses. To learn more about their services, visit www.mdc.edu/arcos.


Homestead Campus

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 Dr. Carlos Archbold at carchbo1@mdc.edu or 305-237-5506.

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.

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.


Padron Campus 

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 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


College-wide 

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: Laura Iglesias at liglesia@mdc.edu or 305-237-1276.

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 Sandra Puello at spuello@mdc.edu or 305-237-1101.  Download out Florida Pathways to Success Application Form

Bank of America Biosciences Scholarship Program

The Bank of America Biosciences Scholarship Program assists in training and placing 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 provides support to students through scholarships to low-income students enrolled in biosciences career ladder programs. It targets students who have additional financial needs beyond what is covered in their financial aid package.

For additional information and for a copy of the application, please contact Regine Romelus at rromelus@mdc.edu or 305-237-1101. 

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.

COAP (Consortium for Open Active Pathways) Grant

The program creates a collaboration between faculty members and staff at Miami Dade College, Arizona State University, Maricopa Community College and Ivy Tech Community College to redesign course curricula while incorporating OER (Open Educational Resources) in order to make the classroom experience more affordable or free of cost. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, led by Arizona State University.

For additional information, please contact Emmanuela Franck at efranck@mdc.edu or 305-237-1101.