On February 5, 2018, Miami Dade College, a Hispanic Serving Institution in Florida, was awarded a $965,817 STEM scholarships grant from the National Science Foundation. The program, led by Dr. Elodie Billionniere (Principal Investigator), Dr. Shanika Taylor (Co-Principal Investigator), and Dr. Loretta Ovueraye (Co-Principal Investigator), will implement the five-year STEM-Mia (or “My STEM” in Spanish) project to promote increased success, retention, and degree completion of 45 academically talented, low-income students. Students will be recruited and supported in three cohorts of 15 students pursuing associates degrees in biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and engineering. Through program activities, including mentoring, the students will be encouraged to transfer to an upper-division baccalaureate program, and provided support for that transition. STEM-Mia will support students with GPAs of at least 3.0 who are enrolled full-time at MDC. In addition to scholarships, the program includes the following high-impact practices: undergraduate research experiences; advising and mentoring by STEM faculty; implementation of academic pathways and early alert systems; year-round STEM colloquia; and extensive assistance in transfer to four-year institutions. STEM-Mia will broaden the participation of Hispanics and other underrepresented students, including first generation-in-college students in STEM fields and careers. In addition, it will present a model for other two-year Hispanic-Serving Institutions that are interested in increasing student participation, retention, and success in STEM. More importantly, the project will help address the critical STEM workforce crisis, by graduating increasing numbers of well-trained and competent professionals in these fields. See also DUE 1741821 and the STEM-Mia Website.
The success of this grant award is an outcome of working collaboratively with Science Foundation Arizona through the KickStarter Process, under National Science Foundation Grant No. HRD-1450661.