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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 a state college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field are welcome to apply to a Summer Transfer Academy program. 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 summer bridge will:

  • Have fun!
  • Meet other STEM transfer students!
  • Get to know the faculty who will be teaching your classes in the fall!
  • Take a free class that applies to your major!
  • Know where and how to access key resources on campus!

How to Apply

The 2022 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

Bridgewater State University
Program Dates

July 11 – Aug. 12: PHIL111 Course
Remote/Semi-synchronous
July 11 (10am-4:30pm) – July 12 (9am-3pm): Orientation: Getting Settled
July 11: In-person if allowed
July 12: Remote/synchronous
August 11 (9am-3pm) – August 12 (10am-4:30pm): Orientation: Getting Engaged
August 11: In-person if allowed
August 12: Remote/Synchronous


Application Deadline

June 1
Rolling admissions will be accepted afterwards until spots are filled

Majors

Biology, Chemistry (including concentrations in Biochemistry and Environmental Chemistry), Computer Science, Geography (including concentrations in Environmental Sustainability and Climate Resilience, International Development, and Geography for Educators), Earth Sciences, Environmental Geosciences, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, (including concentrations in Pure Mathematics and Statistics), Physics (including concentrations in Astrophysics and Optics), Photonics and Optical Engineering

 

Contact

Alexandra Adams
SSTA Coordinator
a10adams@bridgew.edu

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Fitchburg State University
Program Dates

SUMMER SESSION A (Classes start 5/16/2022)
May 16: Orientation Session, In-person (remote synchronous as needed)
May 16 – June 19 (5-week courses) – July 4 (7-week courses): Summer Class, Varies
May 23 – June 24: Weekly Support Activities (4 sessions total) , Remote synchronous (In-person if feasible)
TBA: Fall Semester Orientation, In-person
Aug. 30 – ongoing: Follow up support activities, In-person (remote synchronous as needed)

SUMMER SESSION B (Classes start 7/11/2022)
July 11: Orientation Session, In-person (remote synchronous as needed)
July 11 – Aug. 14 (5-week courses) – Aug. 28 (7-week courses): Summer Class, Varies
July 18 – Aug. 12: Weekly Support Activities, In-person (remote synchronous as needed)
TBA: Fall Semester Transfer Orientation, In-person
Aug. 30 – on-going: Follow-up Support Activities, In-person (remote synchronous as needed)

Application Deadline

OPEN AND ROLLING ADMISSIONS for SUMMER 2022! Applications accepted on a rolling basis as space is available, with first decisions made by May 6, 2022.

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

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Framingham State University
Application Deadline

July 31

Contact

Dr. Larry McKenna
Associate Professor,
Chair and Program Co-Coordinator
lmckenna1@framingham.edu

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Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Program Dates

June 1: Welcome and orientation, In-person campus visit (3:00 PM – 6:30 PM)
June 15: Transitioning to MMA, On-line synchronous (1.5 hours)
June 27– Aug. 8: Summer course, Course to be selected by student, delivery mode and meeting times vary
June 29: Wellness, On-line synchronous (1.5 hours)
July 13:
Career Services, On-line synchronous (1.5 hours)
July 27: Regimental Program, On-line synchronous (1.5 hours)
Aug. 10: Field Trip, In-person, all-day (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Oct. 19: Lunch and check-in, In-person on campus (12:00 PM – 1:30 PM)

Application Deadline

First acceptance decisions will be made 20 May 2022, then on a rolling, space-available basis

Majors

Engineering, Environmental Studies, Emergency Management, International Maritime Business, Marine Transportation, and Marine Safety, Science and Environmental Protection

 

Contact

Jim McKenna
Dean of Undergraduate Studies
jmckenna@maritime.edu

More Information

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Program Dates

July 05 – Aug. 12: Interdisciplinary Capstone Course
Computer Science Academic Session, Synchronous online – 9:00-1:00 7/5, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8 – 6 days Asynchronous for research methodologies, learning practices in STEM disciplines 9:00 – 10:00am
July 05: STEM Guest Speaker, Synchronous: 12:00 – 1:00pm
July 11: Center for Student Success and Engagement Biology Academic Session, Synchronous: 9:15 – 10:00am
10:00 – 1:00 (includes working lunch)
July 18: Library Information Session
Chemistry Academic Session, Synchronous: 9:15 – 10:00am
10:00 – 1:00 (includes working lunch)
July 25:Registrar Information Session
Mathematics Academic Session, Synchronous: 9:15 – 10:00am
10:00 – 1:00 (includes working lunch)
Aug. 01: Health Services Overview Psychology Academic Session, Synchronous: 9:15 – 10:00am
10:00 – 1:00 (includes working lunch)
Aug. 08:Financial Matters: Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Synchronous: 9:15 – 10:00am
TBA: Environmental Studies Academic Session, 10:00 – 1:00 (includes working lunch)

Application Deadline

Rolling

Majors

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, and Psychology

Contact

David Eve
Associate Professor
d.eve@mcla.edu

Carolyn Dehner, Ph.D.
Chemistry Department/Academic Affairs
carolyn.dehner@mcla.edu

 

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Salem State University
Program Dates

Spring 2022 – Early Summer 2022:Recruitment at Community colleges, In-person recruitment by community college program staff at their home institutions
In-person & synchronous online recruitment sessions by Salem State STEM faculty
Mid-July 2022 – Late-August 2022 Summer Academy, In-person (with remote pivot as-needed for COVID safety)
Summer 2022 – End of Spring 2023 Semester Continuing Academic Year Support: Transfer Orientation & Ongoing Cohort meetings, In-person and synchronous online

Application Deadline

July 8

Majors

Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geological Sciences, Mathematics

Contact

Brian Travers
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
cas@salemstate.edu

More Information

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UMass Amherst
Program Dates

July 11 – Aug. 19: Junior Writing Class Coursework, Remote with asynchronous and synchronous components each week
July 11 – Aug. 19: “Get to know UMass” orientation sessions, Weekly, remote, synchronous, 1 hour sessions
Aug. 10:Campus Tour and Lunch, In-person lunch at the UMass Amherst Worcester Dining Hall followed by a walking tour of the campus and STEM colleges.
July 11 – Dec. 21: Virtual Community College Check-In’s, Virtual- STEM Coordinators from CCs check in with students during summer program and throughout their 1st semester at UMass to help coordinate any needed support
Aug. 19 – Dec. 21: UMass STEM College Check-In’s, Virtual: UMass STEM Summer Bridge Representatives from the 3 colleges will reach out to students to check in during 1st half of semester and will monitor for ‘early alerts’ from course instructors in order to provide intervention for student success. In-person: Representatives from each college will hold in-person lunch/meal card meet up, in order to meet up with students. The goal will be to discuss how the semester is going and to offer resources, if needed.
Sept. 6 – Dec. 21:Transfer Student Seminar and Mentoring, In-person - Students in the College of Engineering will be encouraged to enroll in a 1 credit transfer student seminar that meets once a week. Mentors will be available to work with students during the last 20 minutes of class.

Application Deadline

Priority: Apr 15, 2022
Final Deadline: Jun 1, 2022

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

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UMass Boston
Contact

Catalin Zara
Associate Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
csm.a2b@umb.edu

More Information

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UMass Dartmouth
Contact

Joyce Yokel
Administrative Assistant, College of Engineering
JYokel@umassd.edu

More Information

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UMass Lowell
Program Dates

July 5 – Aug. 16: Free Stem Classes, In person
June 2022 TBD:
Orientation,In person with remote option
July 5 – Aug. 16 : Transfer workshops, In person
August 2022 TBD: Concluding Celebration, In person

Majors

Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Other Sciences

Contact

Judy Marshall
Administrative Assistant to the Vice Provost
Judy_Marshall@Uml.edu

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Westfield State University
Contact

Jennifer Hanselman
Dean, College of Mathematics and Sciences
jhanselman@westfield.ma.edu

More Information

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Worcester State University
Program Dates

Aug. 8 – Aug. 19: Research Experience (Course), In person)

Application Deadline

July 15

Majors

Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mathematics

 

Contact

Daron Barnard
Professor, Director, Aisiku STEM Center
dbarnard@worcester.edu

More Information

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