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STEM Resource Center

Your Access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Support

The STEM Resource Center (SRC) provides focused support to undergraduate students who identify as Hispanic/Latinx or students from low-income households.  As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, SFC was awarded a Department of Education, Hispanic Serving STEM Success & Articulation grant, which assists the STEM Resource Center’s mission to support STEM students through academic, professional development and career readiness opportunities.

What opportunities does the STEM Resource Center have?

The SRC has various paid student workers positions for STEM majors. Eligible students of all academic years are encouraged to apply through handshake.

Student Researchers

A one-year position where STEM students will have the opportunity to work with SFC STEM faculty on research projects and develop posters to present at conferences and the college’s “Spring Ahead into Summer” event. The research project opportunities encompass a variety of topics including cancer, bacteria, health disparities, plankton, water quality, and more! Preference will be given to students who identify as Hispanic/Latinx or with a low-income background.

Peer Ambassadors

A one-year position where STEM students will assist in developing a newsletter that highlights STEM student success and resources, an inventory of volunteer, internship, and research program opportunities for STEM students, workshop materials on time management, study skills, college access, and support the overall operations of the center.

Institute Peer Leaders

Students who have successfully completed General Biology I and II, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, or Organic Chemistry I and II are eligible to assist in the STEM Summer Institutes in late August. Peer leaders will serve as mentors who share the techniques and strategies they used as they triumphed over these courses as they pursue STEM success at SFC.

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What are the goals of the SRC?

  • Increase persistence and graduation of students who identify as Hispanic/Latinx and low-income in STEM fields by providing professional development opportunities, targeted programming, and access to campus resources
  • Connect transfer students from a two-year Hispanic Serving Institution who identify as Hispanic/Latinx or low-income to the STEM degrees and opportunities at SFC
  • Provide STEM students with coaching and additional support from the SRC Director, a STEM Success Coach, and Faculty Ambassadors in order to be academically successful
  • Connect students with a network of SFC STEM Alumni and other guest speakers in STEM careers, including public health, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, research, technology, mathematics, and more!
  • Ensure high school students have access to college readiness and STEM success by connecting Faculty Ambassadors and STEM Peer Ambassadors to partnered high schools

What are the benefits of the SRC?

  • Career Support: students are provided a clear guideline of the steps needed for a post-graduate career in STEM
  • Professional Development: the SRC host workshops that assist students in applying to internships, research, and volunteer opportunities, in addition to discussing the challenges of the STEM field and how to persevere through obstacles and imposter syndrome
  • Test Prep: provide students access to MCAT, DAT, or GRE prep, for students pursuing medical school, dental school, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, or any STEM graduate programs
  • STEM Summer Institutes: Continuing and transfer students who are registered for general biology, anatomy and physiology, or organic chemistry in the Fall semesters are encouraged to apply for the August STEM Summer Institute to learn about the strategies and various resources at SFC that can assist in being successful in these challenging science courses.
    • Participating students will meet STEM faculty and peer leaders, as they learn about careers in STEM, along with important reading, note-taking, and study skills strategies they can utilize as they experience a mock college science lecture and exam.
    • Students will also learn how to use the technology and equipment while conducting exciting laboratory activities in the college’s new labs! Participants will receive a free MetroCard to attend the program, along with free laboratory supplies and a calculator. Students who identify Hispanic/Latinx or those with a low-income background are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible!

Is support available for transfer students?

Eligible transfer students are invited to apply for the STEM Summer Institutes and can utilize the SRC opportunities. The STEM Resource Center in collaboration with the Office of Success Partnerships and Admissions provides transfer credit pathways with several community colleges allowing transfer students to have the opportunity to use their credits from their previous institution(s) towards an advanced degree at SFC as they continue to pursue STEM Success.

Below are some examples of institutions where students with an Associate’s Degree can transfer to SFC to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree:

  • CUNY Bronx Community College: Associate’s Degree in Biology to Bachelor’s Degree in Biology
  • CUNY Kingsborough Community College: Associate’s Degree in Biology to Bachelor’s Degree in Biology
  • CUNY LaGuardia Community College: Associate’s Degree in Biology to Bachelor’s Degree in Biology
  • CUNY Queensborough Community College: Associate’s Degree in Biology to Bachelor’s Degree in Biology
  • Nassau Community College: Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts to Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Associate

For more information regarding SFC’s transfer credit pathways and articulation agreements with other colleges, please visit https://www.sfc.edu/transfer.

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STEM Resource Center
Adjunct Faculty, Biology Department | Director of the STEM Resource Center | Opportunity Programs

Noemi Rivera

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Office: 718-489-2017 

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