NSF awards CCBC a $998,375 grant to support STEM

Jun 25, 2019

Baltimore County, Md. -- The National Science Foundation awarded Community College of Baltimore County a four-year $998,375 grant to provide scholarships and support services for STEM students. 

The Math Acceleration for STEM Students (MASS) provides the support needed to attract and retain academically promising students with unmet financial need, including women and underrepresented minorities, to the STEM workforce. The primary goal of MASS is to provide educational opportunities to low-income, academically talented students at CCBC through scholarships and student support services, and to promote full-time enrollment and degree achievement in these science and mathematics-intensive STEM disciplines: Math, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Engineering and Computer Science. The project aims to expand the number of STEM students earning a degree and improve retention within these associate degree programs.

A second goal is to provide students with the opportunity to accelerate rapidly through math courses required for STEM majors but which often serve as a significant barrier to completion and transfer success. Leveraging CCBC’s ongoing collaboration with the national STEM Core Alliance, scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to enroll in an accelerated math curriculum supplemented by extensive student support, career counseling, and an internship experience. CCBC has previously received in excess of $1.3 million from the National Science Foundation to support the implementation of the STEM Core initiative.

The MASS project is led by Dr. Gwen Gilinger, associate professor, in CCBC’s School of Mathematics and Science. “The need for trained workers in STEM fields is urgent and the representation of women and minorities in these fields is often disproportionately low,” explained Gilinger. “The MASS grant addresses two issues that often confront many underrepresented groups in the STEM fields: the issue of college costs and the issue of mathematical preparedness. Our goal is to contribute to the number of STEM workers by providing our scholars with the means of overcoming obstacles in their path to success in a STEM field.”

Malissa Rivera coordinates student supports services for STEM Core students at CCBC. “By joining this program students, will be challenged and acquire skills that will make them competitive in the STEM industry,” said Rivera.

To apply to become a MASS Scholar, or for additional information, please email STEMCore@ccbcmd.edu with your interest and contact information. The first application deadline is July 1, 2019 and slots are limited.

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