FAMU-FSU Engineering Hosts Grad Lab Program to Help Diversify STEM Fields
The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering hosted the National GEM Consortium Grad Lab on April 13-14. The Grad Lab is supported by the National Science Foundation and focuses on identifying top undergraduate talent in order to further diversify the STEM fields. The event was held at the Aeropropulsion, Mechatronics and Energy Center located on the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering campus.
The GRAD Lab is an engaging symposium where science and engineering undergraduates receive full information on the importance of graduate school and what is needed to successfully gain admittance with financial support. Speakers ranged from current FAMU and FSU graduate students to University faculty and senior industry executives.
GRAD Lab encourages young people to consider graduate engineering or science education and to apply for the prestigious GEM Fellowship. Focusing on the global importance of research and innovation, life-long career benefits, and real-world role models, the symposium was designed to help each student envision his or her future as a technology leader and gain entry to a graduate STEM program.
FAMU Partners with JCPenney to Help Students and Recent Alumni Suit-Up for Success
On April 15, FAMU partnered with JCPenney for its second Suit-Up event designed to help prepare students, new alumni and community members for career success. The first HBCU to do so, FAMU has partnered with JCPenney to provide special services that help individuals access the essentials they need to prepare for job interviews. The program offers large discounts on career dress apparel, makeovers, salon services, and opportunities to explore careers with the JCPenney Corporation. Hundreds of students, alumni and community members were served during the event.
FAMU to Prepare High School Students for Academic Excellence with Unique Summer Program
The Program of Excellence in STEM (PE-STEM) at Florida A&M University will hold its 5th Annual Summer Academy, June 11 – 29. The summer program is funded by a highly recognized and award-winning STEM-focused grant from the Department of Education, designed to recruit, retain and progress students from underrepresented populations in STEM areas.
Founded in 2013, the program has been very successful in these efforts through many levels of intervention, including tutoring, peer-mentoring, academic workshops and our Summer Academy. To date, more than 95 percent of current and former K-12 and college-level program participants are either enrolled at FAMU or at some other institution, and 90 percent of those enrolled are in a STEM discipline.
Students from 9th-12th grade will participate in exciting, hands-on innovative learning activities and classroom instruction, and will also participate in research projects led by FAMU students and faculty. The program will culminate with a Student Research Poster Presentation and a unique field trip. The program runs from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday, with lunch, snacks and camp shirts provided.
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