From medicine to mobile apps, the study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are at the forefront of today’s fastest-growing industries. But for many students, pursuing studies in these academically challenging fields can be intimidating. To ensure students are well-prepared for rigorous educational programs in STEM, Miami Dade College’s School of Science is putting a major focus on undergraduate research, an opportunity few STEM students have in their first two years of college. “Our students are walking away from this experience extraordinarily empowered,” said MDC Dean of Science Dr. Heather Belmont. Through initiatives like its eight-week Summer Research Institute, which was launched in 2012, the School of Science is providing students with authentic research experience both at MDC and various laboratories throughout the nation. Students are also getting real-world experience through the College’s bioscience internships, a mandatory apprenticeship for individuals in the Associate in Science in biotechnology program, as well as those enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in biological sciences degree program. “Our employers are showing a 100 percent satisfaction rate with our students,” said Dr. Belmont, who also noted that there are over 70 companies throughout South Florida currently working with MDC students. “There’s been 25 offers of full-time employment since the program’s inception and many of our students are going on to graduate and professional programs.” STEM Internships at a Glance: • 70 internship sites across South Florida • 100 percent employer satisfaction • 25 full-time job offers Undergraduate Research Success: • 71 percent graduation rate vs. 45 percent in average STEM cohort • 75 percent of students accepted to competitive graduate and professional programs • Two students accepted to NYU Dental School in 2017
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