DCCCD STEM Institute
Are you interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics?
Initiated as a pilot program in 2009 and now entering its fifth year, the DCCCD STEM Institute engages science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students from all seven colleges of DCCCD. Participation in the Institute accelerates student progress and transfer to universities.
The DCCCD STEM Institute serves students who are committed to pursuing a degree in a STEM program. Students must be in good academic standing, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and have completed 12 credit hours. Students are eligible for merit-based awards of up to $2,640 over the academic year based on meeting eligibility and participation criteria. Awards are available for both full-time and part-time STEM students.
Student Participation in Capstone Experiences
STEM Scholars attend Institute-specific events each academic year, including STEM industry and career-related seminars, and the annual spring STEM Summit. Previous summit speakers include astronaut Dr. Mary Ellen Weber, famed ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau, and internationally renowned neuroscientist Dr. Miguel Nicolelis.
Student Mentoring with STEM Faculty Fellows
STEM Faculty Fellows serve as mentors for STEM Scholars each academic year of the program. Each STEM Faculty Fellow mentors approximately six STEM Scholars each fall and spring semester and participates in Institute activities with them.
What are the benefits of being a STEM Scholar?
As a DCCCD STEM Insitute Scholar you will:
- Receive a student support award ranging from $600.00 to $1,320.00 for each semester (fall 2013 and spring 2014), based on completed college-level credit hours and meeting all eligibility and participation requirements
- Participate in the annual STEM Summit with past speakers such as astronaut, Dr. Mary Ellen Weber; famed ocean explorer, Fabien Cousteau; and world renowned neuroscientist, Dr. Miguel Nicolelis
- Participate in a mentor program with select STEM Faculty Fellows
- Participate in STEM-focused seminars and events
- Explore STEM career opportunities
- Prepare for graduation or transfer to complete your degree
- Network with STEM faculty and students from across North Texas
- Learn about and have the opportunity to participate in internship and research opportunities
Are you eligible to participate?
Eligible DCCCD STEM Insitute Scholars must:
- Pursue a degree program in an approved science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field from the eligible programs list
- Accumulate 12 college-level credits prior to application
- Have and maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
- Full Time Students: Complete a minimum of 12 college-level credit hours (fall 2013 and spring 2014) OR,
- Part-Time Students: Complete a minimum of 6 to 11 college-level credit hours each semester (fall 2013 and spring 2014)
- Agree to attend and participate in 4 required DCCCD STEM Institute events including:
• Scholar/Mentor Orientation - Evening of Thursday, September 5, 2013*
• Fall Seminar - Evening of Thursday, October 24, 2013*
• Spring Seminar - Evening of Thursday, February 20, 2014*
• STEM Summit – All-day Thursday, April 2014 (Date to be determined)
- Participate in a mentorship with a STEM Faculty Fellow (time commitment of approximately 1 hour per week for 8 weeks each semester)
*Dates and times subject to change with advance notice.
What is the application process?
To apply for the DCCCD STEM Institute:
- Download and complete the DCCCD STEM Institute Application Packet:
• Full-time Application: for students taking 12 or more college-level credit hours each semester. To download the full-time student application click here.
• Part-time Application: for students taking 6 to 11 college-level credit hours each semester. To download the part-time student application click here.
- Complete all portions of the application as outlined in the DCCCD STEM Institute Application Process and Checklist page by May 31, 2013. Please note that faculty recommendations are needed for your application and faculty are less available after the spring semester ends—so don’t delay.
- Mail or deliver** the completed application packet to:
DCCCD Foundation Office
Attn: Anthony Denning
1601 South Lamar St.
Dallas, Texas 75215
**Emailed and faxed packets cannot be accepted.
Do you have questions?
For more information please contact Anthony Denning at (214) 378-1548 or email@example.com