Montgomery College Graduate and Transfer STEM Talent Expansion Program (GT-STEP)
Montgomery College (MC), supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is pleased to announce the establishment of a Graduate and Transfer Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Talent Expansion Program (GT STEP). This five year, $1.8 million dollar program is designed to assist STEM majors (biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, or math) in acquiring their associate degrees and/or facilitating their transfer to a four-year institution. If you are interested in joining the STEM community at MC, then the GT STEP program may be for you!
What are the advantages of becoming a member of the GT STEP Program?
- Become part of a learning community of peers and faculty making you more likely to achieve a higher GPA and increase the likelihood of graduating with an associate degree.
- Participate in a Summer Bridge Program that facilitates your transition to college.
- Benefit from tutoring and personal mentoring/academic advising by MC's outstanding science, engineering, and math faculty.
- Partake in independent research, paid internships, and interdisciplinary activities designed to pique and maintain interest in the STEM fields.
- Receive assistance in preparing for transfer to four-year institutions.
- Qualify for stipend awards of up to $300 during the first year, which can be used for tuition credit and/or bookstore voucher for STEM textbooks.
Who is eligible for the program?
Incoming and current MC students who plan on majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, or math are encouraged to apply. Veterans and workforce development students interested in pursuing a degree in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply.
Acceptance of applicants are on a continual rolling basis. To be eligible for the summer bridge program, new incoming students must submit their application by July 1st.
Students interested in the GT STEP program must:
- declare a STEM major.
- be a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits per semester).
- have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- be a U .S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee alien.
How to apply to the program?
Students interested in the GT STEP program should:
- Complete a GT STEP application.
- Submit a one-page personal essay (up to 300 words), describing your academic and career plans OR submit one (1) letter of recommendation from either a teacher or professional (STEM field preferred).
- Provide either Accuplacer, SAT, or ACT scores in Math, English and Reading (if not on file at MC).
- Submit an unofficial copy of your transcript (if available or not on file at MC).
What happens when I am accepted into the program?
Newly accepted GT STEP students will be paired with a STEM faculty member who will provide personal academic advising. Students will then be enrolled on an as-needed basis in college non-credit or credit math courses (MATH 094, MATH 097/099, MATH 180, or MATH 181), reading courses (READ 099 or READ 120) and/or english courses (ENGL 001, ENGL 002, ENGL 101, ENGL 102) and may be eligible to receive partial tuition reimbursement for successful completion of said courses. GT STEP Students will also be required to participate in at least program sponsored events every semester.
What is the Pre-Freshman Summer Bridge Program?
GT STEP students who apply in the summer will be eligible to enroll in the GT STEP Summer Bridge Program. This three-week program for STEM majors only is designed to prepare students to succeed in their introductory science and math courses and to promote team building and peer support.
To apply to the summer bridge program:
- Fill out our general program application.
- Make sure we receive your application by July 1st.
- Contact Dana Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I find out more about the GT STEP Program?
To find out more about the GT STEP Program, visit us on the web at www.montgomerycollege.edu/gtstep or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Click Here to download the Montgomery College GT STEP Program Application