Do you want to discover new cures for diseases?
Do you like to take things apart and see how they work?
Do you want to be part of solving today's environmental challenges?
Do you want to discover what is beneath the ground you walk on and who has walked on it before you?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then a major in STEM might be right for you! Find out what the SMC/ UCLA Science and Research Initiative has to offer you!
WHAT IS STEM?
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There are a variety of majors and careers that fall into STEM, such as Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Civil Engineering and Physics. Mathematics is at the core of all STEM majors.
WHAT IS THE SMC/ UCLA SCIENCE AND RESEARCH INITIATIVE AND HOW DOES IT HELP ME?
It is an academic support program designed to help traditionally underrepresented students interested in STEM careers successfully complete their studies at SMC, transfer to a baccalaureate program, and enter the STEM workforce. The program offers participating students with the following:
- Specialized courses
- Applied learning experiences, including research opportunities
- Transfer counseling
- Student success workshops
- Supplemental Instruction
- Exposure to careers in STEM fields
Additionally, SMC has partnered with UCLA's Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP) and the Undergraduate Research Center (URC) to provide students with mentoring, summer bridge programming at UCLA, summer research opportunities and onsite advising. Read more here http://www.smc.edu/NewsRoom/Pages/SMC-Receives-$5.8-Million-Grant-to-Get-More-Minority-Students-into-Science-Math.aspx
WHY SHOULD I MAJOR IN STEM?
Maximize your possibilities. STEM majors may attend graduate school, work in a laboratory, teach, become part of the government sector, design buildings, conduct research in foreign countries, and pursue countless other career opportunities.
Increased job security. Many of the growing employment opportunities are in STEM related fields. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Commerce projected that between 208 and 2018, STEM occupations will grow 17% (compared to 9.8% for non-STEM fields).
Challenge yourself! Ben innovative and explore areas that are undiscovered and constantly changing. If you enjoy solving complex problems, thinking outside of the box, learning how things are built, a major in STEM might be right for you.
Completion of Math 20 (with a "B" or higher) or eligibility for a higher level math course
Fewer than 30 completed college units
Minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA
Commitment to participate in program services
HOW TO APPLY:
Thank you for your interest in the Science and Research Initiative Program, unfortunately, our application cycle has closed and we are no longer taking applications for the 2013-14 cohort.
Please fill out an “Interest Card” using the link below if you are interested in applying to the SRI program for the next academic term (2014-2015). We will begin accepting applications starting in Spring 2014. Please check back on the website for important dates & deadlines.
Also, by filling out an interest card, you will get notifications about future campus wide events sponsored by the SRI program at SMC.
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