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Tuesday, November 10 • 11:20am - 12:30pm
Leveraging 2- and 4-Year Partnerships and Student Research to Foster Student Success in STEM

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At the national level, community colleges are powerful forces for transforming the scientific workforce because most college students from diverse backgrounds begin higher education there. Hundreds of thousands plan to transfer to 4-year institutions to earn a bachelor’s degree in a science-related field, but more work is needed to strengthen 2- and 4-year collaborations. The Stonehill College-Massasoit Community College (MCC) Science Transfer Initiative (STI) has the overall objective to create “purposeful interactions” between faculty and students that are critical to attract, retain, and graduate STEM students. This program provides early research experiences shown to increase retention in STEM and overall student outcomes. Although the benefits of early research are well established, most students do not have access to these types of opportunities while at the community college and upon transfer find it hard to compete for limited research positions.

The STI program aims to remove these barriers by providing research internships for: 1) high-school students the summer before they start at MCC through the STEM Start Academy; 2) first and second year MCC students in the Liberal Arts Transfer-Science program who intend to transfer to a four-year school in the sciences; and 3) MCC-Stonehill transfers the summer before they transfer. This multi-year program is meant to prepare students for intensive lab work and allow them to develop relationships with faculty and student mentors. During this session, ways to forge sustainable partnerships with four-year institutions, the adaptation of MCC’s research program, funding opportunities and outcomes of student participants will be discussed. 


Michael Bankson

STEM Coordinator and Adjunct Biology Faculty, Massasoit Community College

Rachel Hirst

Assistant Professor of Biology, Stonehill College

Tuesday November 10, 2015 11:20am - 12:30pm EST
Location TBD
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