School of Science

STEM Academic Advisement

Students pursuing a STEM degree need a solid academic plan to ensure they enroll in the correct sequence of courses. STEM advisors are committed to supporting you with your academic endeavors from admissions to graduation. Individual advising sessions may include assistance with the following:

  • MAP (My Academic Plan) – An individual term-by-term course plan co-devised between you and your STEM advisor.
  • Transfer Information – The transfer process can be challenging. Your advisor can offer information and provide you with guidance throughout the process.
  • Community and campus resources – From scholarship to research opportunities, your advisor can link you to available opportunities and resources.

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STEM Student Central

Looking for opportunities open to MDC STEM students? Want to connect with students who share your interests? STEM Student Central is a virtual community where you can connect with classmates, ask questions, and find info and resources.

Note: Students must log in with their MDC credentials.

Join the Conversation!

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL)

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) is a program designed to enhance student performance in science and mathematics by increasing the exposure of course materials. The goals of PLTL sessions are to explore different problem-solving techniques, encourage active learning, and to promote an environment of teamwork. A Peer Leader facilitates the session and may review or revisit some aspects of the material covered in class, but the dynamics of discussions are centered on facilitating problem solving techniques and collaborative learning.

PLTL is an optional academic service incorporated in various science and mathematics courses. Its growth “stems” from positive results where students that participated in PLTL are approximately three times more likely to pass biology and other gateway courses than those who did not. The program runs during the fall, spring and summer terms. Sessions are aligned with course material and are held weekly for two hours.

Announcements for classes with PLTL sessions will be made by the Professor the first day of class. Make sure to sign up for PLTL sessions no later than second first Friday of the term. If you are not sure if there is a PLTL session for the class you are enrolled in, talk to your Professor.

Peer Leaders

Our Peer Leaders are MDC students who have excelled in their courses, specifically in math and science. They do not provide answers to homework, quizzes, exams, etc. Peer Leaders play a significant role at the College; they create a social and academic environment providing students the opportunity to network within a peer-based support system. Peer Leaders are paired with a Faculty Mentor who will ensure that the session materials are closely coordinated with the course goals and with other course components.

Contact us for more information on PLTL

Transfer Application Fee Reimbursement Program

The STEM Transfer Application Fee Reimbursement Program provides students the opportunity to apply to transfer to a four-year/upper-division STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program of their choice. The program assists STEM students by providing transfer stipends to offset application fees to their transfer institutions. The stipend can reimburse up to three (3) college applications for transfer into a baccalaureate degree STEM program, up to $300 total (depending on availability of funds).

Visit this page to apply for the STEM Transfer Application Fee Reimbursement Program.

Learning Assistants

The Learning Assistant Program is an academic support system and embedded tutoring service provided by the STEM EngInE grant. Learning Assistants, which are high-achieving undergraduate students, in good academic standing, and who are recommended by their professors, are hired as MDC part-time employees. Learning Assistants are paired with a Faculty Mentor and embedded in the course for the duration of the term. The Learning Assistants provide peer-tutoring, develop study guides, conduct test reviews, and offer group tutoring for gateway STEM courses. The service is provided during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

For more information contact:

Martha Casero


This year-round workshop series provides academic support and motivation to students completing courses in a STEM pathway. The college proudly welcomes professionals in STEM industries to share their experiences and journey in the field. The fostering of student engagement, confidence, and self-motivation supports successful STEM student understanding of math and science-related programs and career pathways. Events are open to all majors.

For more information contact:

Sandra Puello

Virtual College Tour

The Virtual College Tour helps to raise student awareness of educational and transfer opportunities at various in-state and out-of-state four-year institutions. During this virtual fieldtrip students will learn about STEM degree programs, the admissions process, and student financial opportunities available to transfer students.

For more information contact:

Martha Casero

STEM Ambassadors

Sign up to be a STEM Ambassador! Get involved in various STEM activities and events. Get excited about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with your peers as you help facilitate and lead STEM-related presentations and workshops. You may be eligible to receive stipends for your participation, in addition to networking with faculty and other industry professionals. Apply with us!.

For more information contact:

Sandra Puello