On-RAMP to STEM will provide students interested in life sciences, biotechnology, mathematics and the interdisciplinary nature of bioscience research with academic and financial support to succeed at Montgomery College. Scholarship recipients will develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of biosciences by participating in a seminar that will explore cutting edge mathematical approaches to biological research. As part of the On-RAMP to STEM learning community, scholars will also be offered academic support, one-on-one mentoring, and internship and research opportunities.
Montgomery College is able to offer this unique opportunity to its students through funding from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) S-STEM program. The S-STEM program was established by the National Science Foundation in accordance with the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998. The Act reflects the national need to substantially increase the number of American scientists and engineers. The S-STEM program emphasizes the importance of recruiting students to STEM disciplines, mentoring and supporting students through degree completion, and partnering with employers to facilitate student career placement in STEM fields.
On RAMP to STEM will offer full scholarships [up to 15 credits per semester] for up to two years for qualified students. Up to 125 of these scholarships will be awarded over the course of four years, 2013 – 2017. Through the On RAMP to STEM program scholars will be well prepared to understand contemporary approaches to research in the biosciences, to transfer to four year institutions, and to effectively contribute to occupations in life science fields.
Principal Investigators -
Principal Investigator, Dr. Scot Magnotta, professor of biology and
Chemical and Biological Sciences Department Chair at Montgomery College, Germantown
Co Principal Investigator, Dr. Collins Jones, professor of biotechnology and coordinator for the Biotechnology Program at Montgomery College, works closely with local biotechnology industries, keeping abreast of current research approaches and findings.
Co Principal Investigator, Dr. Zineddine Boudhraa, professor of mathematics, has an extensive background in modeling with mathematical software.
Co Principal Investigator, Margaret Latimer, Acting Vice President and Provost, Germantown, brings a background in bioengineering and mathematics faculty experience.
Co Principal Investigator, Dr. Jennifer Hill, Associate Professor of Biology, has a background in neuroscience with a focus on molecular and cell biology as well as developmental genetics.
May 12, 2014 is the application deadline for fall semester 2014 scholarships.
Please see the “Scholarship Requirements” and “Application Documents” links for information on the application process.