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STEM LEAPs Grant Projects at RCC

RCC participates in three of the STEM initiatives that are led by the Leadership
Excellence Acceleration Projects (LEAPs) at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

These initiatives are:

  1. The Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (UMLSAMP)
  2. Bridges to the Baccalaureate (Bridges)
  3. The Boston Science Partnership (BSP)

 

UMLSAMP

The Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (UMLSAMP) program is partly funded by the National Science Foundation. Main objectives of the program are to increase post-secondary degree attainment in the STEM fields among underrepresented minority groups and to enhance the competitiveness of members of these groups in the areas of employment and participation in the increasingly science- and technology-based economy. The program seeks to achieve these objectives through on- and off-campus activities, support from local industry, and collaborative events among participating local community colleges and universities.

  • Recruitment
  • Facilitated Study Groups (FSG’s)
  • Development of technical skills through internships in research laboratories and on technological projects.

LSAMP Internships
Research internship opportunity
During the Spring and Fall semesters, STEM students at RCC may become involved in paid research internships through The Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for MinorityParticipation (UMLSAMP). Each assignment will be at a company, organization or school that has been approved by RCC faculty.

LSAMP Scholars
In the Spring and Fall semesters, selected students work along with RCC faculty members on STEM-related assignments. These students receive $800 stipends for the semester.

Eligibility Requirements for LSAMP Interns and Scholars

  1. U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Member of an underrepresented minority group
  3. Currently enrolled at RCC
  4. Letter of recommendation from faculty

For more information about this program, please contact:
STEMOpportunities@rcc.mass.edu

 

Bridges to the Baccalaureate (Bridges)

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Its goal is to advance the careers of underrepresented minority students who are interested in careers in biomedical research. In this program, community college students are paired with mentors in a four year college or institution. The students are encouraged to complete an Associates degree program in a STEM field at the community college, then transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in the sciences at a four-year educational institution. Roxbury Community College partners with the University of Massachusetts Boston in this endeavor.

Bridges Internships
Students in the Bridges program receive summer internship assignments where they are trained in laboratory techniques and obtain valuable experience. These interns work on research projects alongside experts in biomedical research. Selected Bridges participants also attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). See here for past RCC student posters at this event.

In addition to Summer internships, students benefit from participation in Facilitated Study Groups (FSG’s) where they are tutored in STEM courses.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Member of an underrepresented minority group
  3. Currently enrolled at RCC
  4. Major in a STEM field
  5. Must be entering the Freshman year of college or have completed one semester of college with Chemistry and Math credits.
  6. Letter of recommendation from faculty

For more information about this program, please contact:
STEM Opportunities at STEMOpportunities@rcc.mass.edu

 

The Boston Science Partnership (BSP)

The Boston Science Partnership is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Its goal is to improve science education for all students in Boston from middle school through graduate school.

The strategy of the five-year science education reform program has been to create and maintain a core partnership of the Boston Public Schools with UMass Boston and Northeastern University. With support from Roxbury Community College and other local and national educational institutions, these core institutions collaborate to raise the standards for teacher training, teacher licensure and science course curriculum and to provide teacher training and course development. An essential component of this effort is the BSP’s Vertical Planning Institute.

For more information about this program and RCC’s involvement, please contact:
STEM BSP Opportunities at BSPOpportunities@rcc.mass.edu