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Since its inception in 2009, the DCCCD STEM Institute has prepared approximately 600 students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

With a focus on both student access and degree completion, the DCCCD STEM Institute helps students complete their associate degree in a STEM field and transfer to a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in STEM while satisfying the growing need for STEM professionals in North Texas.


The STEM Institute provides a transformational experience for a diverse group of community college students, motivating them to persist in STEM disciplines, develop their professional skills beyond the classroom, and prepare to be effective employees and leaders as they enter the STEM workforce in the near future.  As one STEM Scholar reported in spring 2015, “It is a phenomenal program that has really given me the confidence to pursue my STEM goals.”

Of the most recent cohort of STEM Scholars (2014-15), 100% maintained a GPA of 3.0 of above, 60% intended to transfer to a university, 22% graduated from DCCCD with an associate degree, and 38% are continuing their studies at DCCCD.

Image of DCCCD STEM Institute scholars success rates chart.

92% of former STEM Scholars have earned a four-year STEM degree, are currently enrolled in a four-year university, are preparing to enroll in a four-year university, are still enrolled at DCCCD, or are working in a STEM field.

The DCCCD Student Experience

Student Selection and Awards

Dale Fellow, Julietta and Eduard Scholars
STEM Faculty Fellows Dale Pearson poses with two
STEM Scholars he mentors, Julieta Hernandez and
Eduard Prieto Caballero.

Participating students, known as STEM Scholars, are recruited and selected through a competitive application process (the average GPA is 3.74).  STEM Scholars are eligible for books and tuition benefits based on meeting eligibility and participation criteria.  Participants represent the diversity of the community: 45% are underrepresented minorities.

Participation in Specialized Seminars

STEM Scholars attend Institute-specific seminars designed to expand their professional skills, introduce them to STEM career possibilities, and connect them with internship and summer research opportunities.  They also attend the annual DCCCD STEM Summit, a daylong intensive of seminars, panels, and speakers designed specifically around student interests.  Recent keynote speakers have included internationally renowned neuroscientist Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, Skylar Tibbits (Director of the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT), and Dr. Nina Tandon (CEO of EpiBone, a bone tissue engineering company).

Mentoring with STEM Faculty Fellows

STEM Faculty Fellows serve as mentors for STEM Scholars each academic year of the program.  STEM Faculty Fellows create personalized mentoring plans for their STEM Scholars, participate in Institute activities with them, and work with university and industry leaders to provide real-world opportunities for students.  STEM Faculty Fellows attend professional development experiences each semester. These experiences emphasize instructional and mentoring strategies that benefit both their STEM Scholars and the hundreds of additional STEM students they teach each year.


STEM Scholars include a diverse group of individuals with a rich variety of backgrounds and career interests. To learn more about the diversity and impact of the STEM Institute, download our 2014-15 snapshot [2MB, PDF].

2014-2015 STEM Scholars Profile2014-2015 STEM Scholars Profile

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Our Supporters

Nina Tandon with STEM Scholars
Dr. Nina Tandon, CEO of EpiBone and keynote speaker
for the 2015 DCCCD STEM Summit, visits with STEM
Scholars following her presentation.

In spring 2013, the Communities Foundation of Texas announced a gift of $1.8 million from the The W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas to support the DCCCD STEM Institute for the next three academic years.

Additional investors of the DCCCD STEM Institute include Beth Bass, Citi Foundation, a Department of Education congressional appropriation, the DCCCD Chancellor's Council, Fluor Foundation, Frontiers of Flight Museum, Greater Texas Foundation, Hillcrest Foundation, Hunt Consolidated, Hunter and Stephanie Hunt, Intel Foundation, Margaret McDermott, Erle Nye, Sammons Corp. and Texas Instruments Foundation.

The DCCCD Foundation also acknowledges the generous support of a number of additional individual donors.