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MCC STEM Scholars Program

MCC's STEM Scholars Program is for academically talented students interested in a STEM related field and plan to attend college full-time completing an Associate in Science degree.

Who is Eligible for the STEM Scholars Program?

Any student interested in pursuing a STEM degree is eligible to participate. High school seniors, dual-enrolled students, and early college students as well as current Mott Community College students are all encouraged to apply.

You must be:

  • a US citizen or legal resident
  • earning an Associate’s Degree
  • prepared to enroll full time at MCC
  • willing to work towards a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • In addition, to be eligible for S-STEM scholarship students must show financial need

Benefits of STEM Scholars Program

  • S-STEM Scholarships covering total cost of attendance at MCC will be awarded on an ongoing basis for up to 2 consecutive years as long as you meet the financial need requirements and other eligibility criteria.
  • Paid Summer Research or intern opportunities
  • Extensive academic support, including advising mentoring and tutoring
  • Membership in LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation)
  • Participation in the MCC Summer Bridge Pre-College Program
  • Partner university visits and transfer preparation

Students from underrepresented minority populations in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply: (African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian/Native American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander).

How to Apply

  1. Apply to Mott Community College if you are not already a MCC student
  2. Complete STEM Scholars Application
    1. You will need to:
    2. Submit two letters of recommendations from a mentor, supervisor, coach, counselor/advisor, instructor, volunteer coordinator, etc.
      Download Recommendation Form
    3. Provide an official high school transcript (and college transcript if applicable)
    4. Write and submit three short responses (approximately 200-words each) to the following questions:
      • Explain how your interest in your STEM field or major developed and describe your future career goals.
      • Describe a personal or academic hurdle you have faced and what steps you took to overcome it.
      • Describe your personal and academic strengths as well as an area in which you feel could improve.
    5. Complete the online application form and checklist
  3. Submit a FAFSA the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online

All applicants will receive an automatic email reply acknowledging receipt of application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the Program Coordinator, Jessica Bixel, at or (810) 232-3617.


I've been Accepted, What Happens Next?

Once you become a MCC STEM Scholar, you will a part of a cohort group of students and together you will:

  • Receive extensive support services and an opportunity to participate in a paid undergraduate research opportunity or internship with faculty mentors through the LSAMP Grant.
  • Have the chance to explore various STEM career options, interact with experienced professionals in STEM fields and travel to professional STEM related research conferences.
  • Receive academic advising and mentoring, peer and professional tutoring, participation in the MCC Summer Bridge Pre-College Program, university visits and transfer preparation.

What Am I Expected to do?

While a MCC Counselor will help you plan and enroll in courses, you are expected to:

  1. Attend Summer Bridge Program Pre-college Program (pre-first year)
  2. Meet with MCC Counselor and Faculty Mentor (once per semester)
  3. Attend Friday STEM meetings/tutoring (10:00am – 12:00pm) – (bi-weekly)
  4. Attend 100% of your classes
  5. Arrive to class on time and be prepared with class materials and completed assignments
  6. After acceptance into the program, maintain a 3.0 overall GPA
  7. Enroll and complete Undergraduate Research Methods course (STEM-199) – Winter Semester of your first year
  8. Participate in a minimum of two STEM Scholar activities (per semester)
    • Any scheduled STEM Scholar activity
    • Serving as a Peer tutor for a STEM subject (MEC, Tutoring Services)
    • Touring a local STEM company
    • Joining a Mott STEM related club
    • Attending a STEM professional or academic workshop/conference
    • Attending a transfer college fair or workshop
    • Serving as a volunteer for a STEM related event
    • Any other PRE-APPROVED activity
  9. Adhere to all MCC Student Code of Conduct, and STEM Scholars policies and procedures

If you are working, or looking for work, please consider the amount of time you will need to invest in this program to be successful when you look for employment options.

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Undergraduate Research Methods

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STEM-199 Undergraduate Research Methods
(2 Credits)

Mott Community College is committed to providing our STEM Scholars with the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research.

This course is an introduction to research methods used by professionals in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers.

Students will:

  • Participate in an independent and collaborative research project with a faculty mentor in a selected STEM subject.
  • Learn how to formulate significant questions, develop investigative procedures, gather and examine evidence and evaluate results.
  • Present their findings independently to the Science and Mathematics Division faculty as a poster presentation.

This course offers a powerful learning opportunity that will enable Mott Community College students to transfer to a four-year university science program having already been introduced to beginning research methods.

Course Benefits:

  • The course supports and encourages independent student research.
  • Students will learn to apply knowledge and develop new skills.
  • Students will gain the opportunity to work closely with an individual faculty mentor.
  • Students gain experience that will enable them to qualify and compete for paid summer internships and research opportunities at other labs and universities.


Grant Info


The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an NSF grant-funded program aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, particularly those from underrepresented minority populations.

As a STEM Scholar at MCC, you will receive extensive support services and an opportunity to participate in paid undergraduate research through the LSAMP Grant.


The S-STEM Scholarship at Mott Community College (MCC) is a grant-funded program sponsored by the National Science Foundation. This program supports students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) who have shown a high level of academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

S-STEM scholarship recipients at MCC will receive funding for up to a two-year period covering tuition and required course materials as long as they meet program requirements and have demonstrated full Pell eligibility established by completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Program Overview

STEM Scholars will also have the chance to explore various STEM career options, interact with experienced professionals in STEM fields, travel to professional STEM-related research conferences and participate in a paid undergraduate research opportunity or internship with faculty mentors. Additional benefits include academic advising and mentoring, peer and professional tutoring, participation in the MCC Summer Bridge Pre-College Program, university visits and transfer preparation.

Apply to the STEM Scholars program at Mott Community College for your chance at an S-STEM scholarship and/or LSAMP Program award and join our community of STEM Scholars!

Contact STEM Scholars

  • (810) 232-3617
  • Gorman Science Center G1206

Site Director

  • Dr. Charles Wade
  • Professor - Biology
  • (810) 762-0283


  • Sunni Samuels-Larry
  • Professor - Mathematics
  • (810) 232-3980


  • Dr. Ronald Stamper
  • Associate Professor - Chemistry
  • (810) 232-6290

STEM Scholars Program Coordinator

  • Jessica Bixel
  • Student Success Coach
  • (810) 762-5111

Steering Committee Members

  • Carla Clark
  • Acting Executive Director, Student Academic Success
  • (810) 232-4530
  • Michael Fisackerly
  • Associate Professor - Information Technology
  • (810) 232-9985
  • Patricia Goggins
  • Instructor - Nursing
  • (810) 232-9734
  • Brian Littleton
  • Associate Professor - Psychology
  • (810) 396-8429
  • Dr. Mari Yancho
  • Academic Success Specialist
  • (810) 762-0357

What is STEM?

The National Science Foundation categorizes the following as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields:


Agricultural Sciences, Animal Sciences, Food Science and Technology, Plant Sciences, Soil Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Physical Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Chemistry, Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Physics, Materials Sciences Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy, Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management, Forestry, Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management, Biology; Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology; Botany/Plant Biology; Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences; Microbiological Sciences and Immunology; Zoology/Animal Biology; Genetics; Physiology, Pathology; Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computa tional Biology; Biotechnology; Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology; Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Physical Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Chemistry, Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Physics, Materials Sciences


Computer and Information Sciences, Computer Programming, Information Science/Studies, Computer Science, Computer Software and Media Applications


Engineering; Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering; Agricultural Engineering; Architectural Engineering; Ceramic Sciences and Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Electrical, Electronics, and Communications Engineering; Engineering Mechanics; Engineering Physics; Engineering Science; Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering; Materials Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Metallurgical Engineering; Mining and Mineral Engineering; Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; Nuclear Engineering; Ocean Engineering; Petroleum Engineering; Systems Engineering; Textile Sciences and Engineering; Polymer/Plastics Engineering; Construction Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Manufacturing Engineering; Operations Research; Surveying Engineering; Geological/Geophysical Engineering; Paper Science and Engineering; Electromechanical Engineering; Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering; Biochemical Engineering; Engineering Chemistry; Biological/Biosystems Engineering; Nanotechnology, Architecture, Environmental Design, Architectural Sciences and Technology


Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics

University Partners

MCC has partnered with four Michigan universities (Michigan State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University) and Washtenaw Community College in a National Science Foundation grant (NSF).

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