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Building Student Interest in STEM

  • a woman does a science experiment at her booth at the 2014 STEM Summit

    House Speaker DeLeo recognizes MassBay Community College's STEM Starter Academy and STEM Mentor Program

    Speaker Deleo highlights partnership between MassBay and Sanofi Genzyme at Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on March 2

    In a speech to a crowd of over 300 people at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo outlined house priorities for the next year. He announced new initiatives and praised successful programs like the community college’s STEM Starter Academies. DeLeo applauded Massachusetts Bay Community College’s partnership with Sonofi Genzyme through the STEM Mentorship Program, in which 38 employees from Genzyme mentored MassBay students to provide academic guidance, job shadowing, and opportunities for bonding at networking and social events.

    Photo: (from left) Valerie Kapilow, Laura Garcia, Robert DeLeo, Chitra Javdekar and Cynthia Arbeeny

  • Movie poster for Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

    STEM Advisory Council Hosts Screening & Panel Discussion of Code: Debugging the Gender Gap at UMass Boston

    Lt. Governor Karen Polito, Congressman Joseph Kennedy III and more attend screening of the documentary about the shortage of female and minority software engineers.

    The STEM Advisory Council joined with Lt. Governor Karen Polito, U.S. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, Vertex CEO Jeffrey Leiden and more for the showing of the film Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, a documentary that confronts the shortage of female and minority software engineers.A panel discussion following the film included Meenal Pant, Software Development Manager at Morpho Detection, LLC, Barbara McNamara, Deputy Director at the National Security Agency (NSA), Padmaja Bandar, co-President of MA Computer Science Teacher’s Association, Computer Science Faculty at Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlborough.

  • a woman does a science experiment at her booth at the 2014 STEM Summit

    12th Annual Massachusetts STEM Summit: Promising Practices, Proven Results

    Read a review of the 2015 STEM Summit and view pictures from the event

    The 2015 Summit's theme was “Promising Practices, Proven Results”. Whereas previous Summits focused on defining STEM (the “what”) and making the case for its critical importance (the “why”), we found that many professionals from all aspects of the STEM pipeline attend the Summit primarily to learn about successful approaches, models, tools, curricula and other products (the “how”). Thus, we presented the 2015 Summit as a venue for peers to interact and share innovations and ideas.

    2015 Summit in Review > 
    MA STEM Summit Website >

  • MWCC’s STEM Starter Summer Academy Gives Students Jump Start on College

    Mass. Department of Higher Education grant allows students to receive up to two free college courses, textbooks, a substantial stipend, academic support and tutoring.

    GARDNER - Along with typical summertime activities, Adam Leyenaar of Ayer spent the better part of the season getting a jump start on his college degree.

    A 2015 graduate of the Parker Charter School, Leyenaar was one of 16 area students participating in Mount Wachusett Community College’s eight-week STEM Starter Summer Academy. Students received up to two free college courses, textbooks, a substantial stipend, academic support and tutoring.

    “I want to be an immunologist, so I need a good background,” said Leyenaar, who plans to earn an associate degree in medical laboratory technology so he can work in the field while pursuing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
    Funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the STEM Starter Sumer Academy is open to high school graduates or qualifying MWCC students who place into college-level English and math courses and are enrolling in one of MWCC’s STEM majors in the fall.

    Qualifying MWCC STEM majors include allied health, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computer information systems, fitness leadership and exercise science, medical laboratory technology, natural resources, physics and pre-engineering.

    Courses offered during the summer academy included intermediate algebra, introduction to functions and modeling, life science for allied health, anatomy and physiology I, general chemistry II and introduction to psychology. In addition to the coursework, students helped run experiments at Rapoport Lab at Harvard Medical School, visited AbbVie medical labs in Worcester, and toured the construction site of MWCC’s new STEM building, which will open in 2016. The students also participated in MWCC’s Summer Leadership Academy.

    “Our students have had an outstanding summer and are ready to continue their studies this fall with two courses already under their belt,” said Christine Davis, MWCC’s STEM Starter Academy recruiter. Students from more than 10 area towns enrolled in the rigorous program, and tackled classes in an accelerated format that will prepare them for their careers, she said.

    Many of the academy students are also recipients of STEM SET scholarships. These awards of up to $3,500 per year are available to qualifying STEM majors through a grant the college received from the National Science Foundation.
    Gardner resident Ifra Hassan, enrolled in MWCC’s liberal arts biological studies program with the goal of continuing her studies in medicine and become a doctor. Hassan said she chose the college for its supportive environment.

    “I wanted to start my career where I will receive teachers’ support.”

    Next year, up to 30 students will be accepted into the Stem Starter Summer Academy. For more information, contact MWCC’s admission’s office at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.mass.edu.

Go Higher! Discover Your Community Colleges, State Universities & UMass Campuses

Building Student Interest in STEM

  • a woman does a science experiment at her booth at the 2014 STEM Summit

    House Speaker DeLeo recognizes MassBay Community College's STEM Starter Academy and STEM Mentor Program

    Speaker Deleo highlights partnership between MassBay and Sanofi Genzyme at Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on March 2

    In a speech to a crowd of over 300 people at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo outlined house priorities for the next year. He announced new initiatives and praised successful programs like the community college’s STEM Starter Academies. DeLeo applauded Massachusetts Bay Community College’s partnership with Sonofi Genzyme through the STEM Mentorship Program, in which 38 employees from Genzyme mentored MassBay students to provide academic guidance, job shadowing, and opportunities for bonding at networking and social events.

    Photo: (from left) Valerie Kapilow, Laura Garcia, Robert DeLeo, Chitra Javdekar and Cynthia Arbeeny

  • Movie poster for Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

    STEM Advisory Council Hosts Screening & Panel Discussion of Code: Debugging the Gender Gap at UMass Boston

    Lt. Governor Karen Polito, Congressman Joseph Kennedy III and more attend screening of the documentary about the shortage of female and minority software engineers.

    The STEM Advisory Council joined with Lt. Governor Karen Polito, U.S. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, Vertex CEO Jeffrey Leiden and more for the showing of the film Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, a documentary that confronts the shortage of female and minority software engineers.A panel discussion following the film included Meenal Pant, Software Development Manager at Morpho Detection, LLC, Barbara McNamara, Deputy Director at the National Security Agency (NSA), Padmaja Bandar, co-President of MA Computer Science Teacher’s Association, Computer Science Faculty at Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlborough.

  • a woman does a science experiment at her booth at the 2014 STEM Summit

    12th Annual Massachusetts STEM Summit: Promising Practices, Proven Results

    Read a review of the 2015 STEM Summit and view pictures from the event

    The 2015 Summit's theme was “Promising Practices, Proven Results”. Whereas previous Summits focused on defining STEM (the “what”) and making the case for its critical importance (the “why”), we found that many professionals from all aspects of the STEM pipeline attend the Summit primarily to learn about successful approaches, models, tools, curricula and other products (the “how”). Thus, we presented the 2015 Summit as a venue for peers to interact and share innovations and ideas.

    2015 Summit in Review > 
    MA STEM Summit Website >

  • MWCC’s STEM Starter Summer Academy Gives Students Jump Start on College

    Mass. Department of Higher Education grant allows students to receive up to two free college courses, textbooks, a substantial stipend, academic support and tutoring.

    GARDNER - Along with typical summertime activities, Adam Leyenaar of Ayer spent the better part of the season getting a jump start on his college degree.

    A 2015 graduate of the Parker Charter School, Leyenaar was one of 16 area students participating in Mount Wachusett Community College’s eight-week STEM Starter Summer Academy. Students received up to two free college courses, textbooks, a substantial stipend, academic support and tutoring.

    “I want to be an immunologist, so I need a good background,” said Leyenaar, who plans to earn an associate degree in medical laboratory technology so he can work in the field while pursuing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
    Funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the STEM Starter Sumer Academy is open to high school graduates or qualifying MWCC students who place into college-level English and math courses and are enrolling in one of MWCC’s STEM majors in the fall.

    Qualifying MWCC STEM majors include allied health, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computer information systems, fitness leadership and exercise science, medical laboratory technology, natural resources, physics and pre-engineering.

    Courses offered during the summer academy included intermediate algebra, introduction to functions and modeling, life science for allied health, anatomy and physiology I, general chemistry II and introduction to psychology. In addition to the coursework, students helped run experiments at Rapoport Lab at Harvard Medical School, visited AbbVie medical labs in Worcester, and toured the construction site of MWCC’s new STEM building, which will open in 2016. The students also participated in MWCC’s Summer Leadership Academy.

    “Our students have had an outstanding summer and are ready to continue their studies this fall with two courses already under their belt,” said Christine Davis, MWCC’s STEM Starter Academy recruiter. Students from more than 10 area towns enrolled in the rigorous program, and tackled classes in an accelerated format that will prepare them for their careers, she said.

    Many of the academy students are also recipients of STEM SET scholarships. These awards of up to $3,500 per year are available to qualifying STEM majors through a grant the college received from the National Science Foundation.
    Gardner resident Ifra Hassan, enrolled in MWCC’s liberal arts biological studies program with the goal of continuing her studies in medicine and become a doctor. Hassan said she chose the college for its supportive environment.

    “I wanted to start my career where I will receive teachers’ support.”

    Next year, up to 30 students will be accepted into the Stem Starter Summer Academy. For more information, contact MWCC’s admission’s office at 978-630-9110 or admissions@mwcc.mass.edu.