For Immediate Release
January 31, 2013
Contact: Bill Fleming
BCCC to Hold Inaugural STEM Scholars Induction Ceremony Friday, Feb. 1
BALTIMORE – Building on its growing reputation for affordable STEM-training and transfer education, and emergence as a launchpad for careers in robotics and biotechnology, Baltimore City Community College will hold a spring 2013 induction ceremony for 37 new STEM scholars, Friday, Feb. 1 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Room 241 of the Liberty campus Life Sciences Building, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave.
Last fall, the National Science Foundation awarded BCCC a five-year, $599,995 S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grant to fund scholarships which pay up to $4,150 per academic year to students studying any of these growth-oriented fields. The scholarships were established to increase the success rates of underrepresented minorities in STEM.
According to BCCC math professor Marianna Gleger, a scholarship coordinator, the college is looking for hard-working, dedicated students planning to enroll full time in an engineering transfer, computer assisted design and drafting (CADD), computer information systems, robotics technology or related technology program (health and clinical excluded) at BCCC for the full year. Applications will be accepted from high school and first- and second-year college undergraduate/post-secondary students, including those already enrolled in a developmental math course at BCCC. The next scholarship application deadline, for the cohort beginning next fall, is April 15.
Friday’s induction will feature presentations by former BCCC STEM students including Brittany Young, who as a NASA intern discovered the “Mickey Mouse” surface feature on Mercury profiled last summer on CNN; BCCC Engineering Club and CADD Club students; and representatives from industry including Dr. Charles T. Johnson-Bey from Lockheed Martin Corp. Additional partners include BG&E, Amtek, Career Communications Group, Pearson Education, the National Society of Black Engineers and Juxtopia LLC.
As part of the S-STEM program, academic partner Carnegie Mellon University will work with BCCC to find innovative ways to teach STEM using robotics. Morgan State University will support summer internships sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and create a block transfer program between the BCCC Robotics Technology program and the Morgan State School of Engineering. Capitol College will enable articulation of academic credits and transfer.
“This is a hard-hitting program and an excellent opportunity for students,” said professor Gleger. “We’re offering peer tutoring in math where half the students will function as tutors and half as ‘tutees.’ Beyond this, our students will be shadowing STEM professionals in partner organizations.”
The program’s additional benefits for students include:
• Participation in the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 7-9.
• Field trips
• Opportunities to lead activities during BCCC’s Collegewide Math Awareness Week
• Internships, through a BCCC job developer
• Announcements in a monthly progress report
For more information, contact the BCCC Institutional Advancement office or professor Gleger, 410-462-7790.