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STEM Starter Academy student from Bristol Community College


Strategic Initiatives

2-to-4 Year Summer STEM Transfer Academy

Overview

STEM Starter Academy has been supporting community college STEM students earn degrees and certificates since 2014. The Department of Higher Education wants to continue to support community college students in their education as they pursue bachelor’s degrees at one of our public 4-year institutions. 

Contact

David Cedrone
Associate Commissioner
Workforce & Economic Development & STEM
(617)-994-6904
dcedrone@dhe.mass.edu.

Allison Little
Assistant Commissioner
P-16 Alignment & Outreach
(617) 994-6935
alittle@dhe.mass.edu

Duration

2014 – Present

Funding

State

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Partnerships

Public Community Colleges & State Universities

Related Initiatives

STEM Starter Academy

Background

STEM Starter Academy has been supporting community college STEM students earn degrees and certificates since 2014. The Department of Higher Education wants to continue to support community college students in their education as they pursue bachelor’s degrees at one of our public 4-year institutions. 

Students transferring from one of the fifteen community colleges in Massachusetts and transferring to either University of Massachusetts Amherst or Fitchburg State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field are welcome to apply to Winter Transfer Academy program at a participating university. These programs will either run in-person or virtually, depending on the status of social distancing and campus policy at that time.

STEM transfer academy programs will allow you the opportunity to get a jump start on your time at the university. Students who participate in Winter Transfer Academy will:

  • Have fun!
  • Meet other STEM transfer students!
  • Develop relationships with campus faculty and staff!
  • Know where and how to access key resources on campus!

Information and the application for Summer 2023 Transfer Academy at all state universities and UMass campuses will be posted in February 2023.

How to Apply

The 2023 Winter STEM Transfer Academy application is now live and students can check individual university program information for specific application deadlines? In the interim, please reach out to Allison Little alittle@dhe.mass.edu, Assistant Commissioner of P16 Alignment and Outreach, with questions.

Programs & Contacts

Fitchburg State University
Program Dates

WINTER SESSION (Classes start 1/11/2023)
January 11: Orientation Session, In-person
February 2023 – May 2023 Monthly Cohort Meetings, In-person
June 2023 – (On-Going): Follow-up Support Activities, Varies

SUMMER SESSION A 1
5/22/2023 - 6/25/2023 (5-week courses):Summer Class, Varies
5/22/2023 –7/9/2023 (7-week courses): Summer Class, Varies

SUMMER SESSION B
7/10/2023 - 8/13/2023 (5-week courses):Summer Class, Varies
7/13/2023 –8/31/2023 (7-week courses): Summer Class, Varies

SUMMER MENTOR 2
June 2023 - August 2023 Activities, Varies

1 Students are encouraged, but not required, to take a free summer course as part of the STEM Summer Transfer Academy (Summer 2023)

2 Students are eligible to apply to be mentors to the incoming Summer 2023 cohort, if they opt out of taking a free summer course as part of the STEM Summer Transfer Academy (Summer 2023)

Application Deadline

OPEN AND ROLLING ADMISSIONS for WINTER 2023! Applications accepted on a rolling basis as space is available.

Majors

Biology & Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Geographic Sciences, Engineering Technology, Exercise & Sports Science, Mathematics

**Students may be eligible to apply for the pre-health professions programs, including: Early Acceptance Program for Doctor of Dental Medicine, Early Acceptance Program for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Early Acceptance Program for Doctor of Pharmacy

Contact

Heather Thomas
MassTransfer Coordinator
hbthomas@fitchburgstate.edu

Gretchen Mayhew
Associate Director, Freshman Admissions Interim Associate Director, Transfer Admissions
gmayhew@fitchburgstate.edu

More Information

2023 Flyer

 

UMass Amherst
Program Dates

1/20/23 – 1/20/23: “Get to Know Umass” STEM Transfer Day, In person

Application Deadline

Priority: Nov 5, 2023 Final Deadline: Dec 15, 2023

Majors

All majors within The College of Natural Sciences, The Manning College of Informatics and Computer Sciences, and The College of Engineering

Contact

Dr. Stephen Fernandez
Engineering Engagement Specialist, College of Engineering
spfernandez@umass.edu

More Information

2023 Flyer