Grants and McNair Programs Staff
Top right: Dr. E. George Simms (Director); Top left: Dr. J. Scott Hamilton (Associate Director) McNair Programs Center; Doris Colon (Office Manager)
Upward Bound Math-Science Staff
Shadrack Joseph (Program Assistant), Educational Talent Search, Elena Cruz (Director), Upward Bound Math-Science, Joanne Oates (Assistant Director), Educational Talent Search
Pre-Collegiate and Upward Bound Staff
Theresa Montague(Student Assistant) Shala Edwards(Student Assistant), Stephanie Gonzalez(Student Assistant), Kathy-Ann Lewis(Associate Director), Tiffany Tallon(Student Assistant), Pat Lamb (Office Manager), Chaneel Allen(Student Assistant), Sofia Santiesteban (Director), Mayrin Ramirez, Ashley Clayton(Graduate Assistant), Timothy Dean (Assistant Director), Rory Malcom (Student Assistant). Not pictured are: Rose Pierre(Student Assistant) and Janice Lacorce(Student Assistant)
THE OFFICE OF PRE-COLLEGIATE, GRANTS AND MCNAIR PROGRAMS
The Office of Pre-Collegiate, Grants and McNair Programs submits and monitors external grant applications for the Division of Student Affairs. The office also researches and investigates potential grant opportunities, provides direction in the monitoring and evaluation of externally funded programs initiated by staff members, and serves as liaison with the Office of Sponsored Research Administration.
This office develops partnerships with federal, state, community and local educational agencies and acts as liaison with private and public agencies. Training is provided for division staff regarding development and management of external funding opportunities. Policies regarding grants and grant writing are formulated and implemented. Pre-Collegiate, Grants and McNair Programs also direct grant budgets and oversee budgeting of obtained grants.
Ronald E. McNair Post baccalaureate Achievement Program:
The Ronald E. McNair program prepares students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. To be eligible, participants must be low-income, first-generation college student and/or must come from under-represented disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. Program staff works closely with participants as they complete their undergraduate requirements. Students are paired with a faculty mentor who guides them through the entire research experience. Additionally, the office assists students with the graduate school application process and GRE preparation. Students are encouraged to enroll in graduate programs (PHD) and their progress is tracked through to the successful completion of their advanced degrees. The goal of the program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. FIU’s McNair program is unique in that it primarily selects students from the Sciences, Engineering and/or Mathematics departments.
Web Address: http://mcnair.fiu.edu/default.aspx
FIU Ronald E. McNair Data: The McNair fellowship was created by the Federal Government in 1987 a year after the space shuttle Challenger was destroyed to honor one of NASA’s very own, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American Astronaut at the time. Of the 38,000 students at FIU, less that 3% (1600) were deemed qualified for the McNair Fellowship this year. From that number, 25 were selected for the program. Of that 25, only one was selected as the McNair Scholar of the Year. The five other students who have received that award in the past five years are at Vanderbilt, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Notre Dame and MIT doing their PhD. The students who win this annual award best represent and embody the spirit of Dr. McNair through academic excellence, research achievements, and personal leadership.
PRE-COLLEGIATE PROGRAMS AND UPWARD BOUND
The principal goal of the pre-collegiate programs at FIU is to engage potential first generation and low-income students and their families in activities and behaviors that eliminate obstacles that impede their access to college. Through carefully planned curriculum and strategies, these students learn to improve their cultural, social and academic skills. Through partnerships with the public schools, the students and their families learn to use the opportunities that are available, like earning college credits or college recognition, while they are enrolled in high school. Through family outreach activities the pathway to earning a college education and the means to do so are demystified.
The area serves approximately 500 middle and high school students through different initiatives.
Some of the programs that pre-college offers are:
- Upward Bounds Scholars Program (UB)
- College Reach Out Program (CROP)
- Center of Excellence for the National Achievers (COE)
- Partners In Progress (PIP)
- College Board Partnership (CBP)
UPWARD BOUND MATH-SCIENCE PROGRAM, BISCAYNE BAY CAMPUS
Upward Bound Math-Science Program, Biscayne Bay Campus Staff
The Upward Bound Math-Science program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is a federal TRIO program. The focus of the Upward Bound Math-Science program at FIU is to prepare low-income, potential first-generation students to enter the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. To that end, the FIU UBMS provides academic and enrichment services in mathematics and the sciences that will ensure successful completion of their high school education and their eventual matriculation and graduation from a postsecondary institution of higher education. As a supplement to their academics, the UBMS program provides a wide range of services and activities that are of a personal, career and cultural nature.
Core Services to Students
The program has year-round and summer components. The target high schools are North Miami, Booker T. Washington, Miami Central, Miami Northwestern, Miami Norland, and Miami Carol City.
- Saturday Academy focused on math and science training;
- Year-round counseling and advisement;
- Exposure to faculty and advanced undergraduate and graduate students who do research in math and science;
- Tutorial assistance;
- Assistance in preparing college and financial aid applications;
- Exposure to the college experience via the on-site program and college tours;
- Cultural and social enrichment fieldtrips
Summer Residential program at BBC Currently, fifty students are selected each year to participate in the UBMS program. The UBMS scholars are immersed in the college experience by living on campus during our six week residential program. All project participants take the following set of core courses: Math, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Introduction to Biomedical Sciences, Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Genetics, Computer Science, French, Spanish, FCAT, and SAT/ACT prep. Each student receives supplemental instruction through tutoring (individual and group) and laboratory work. Additionally, students participate in a variety of supplemental activities including field trips, career seminars, and workshops and counseling.
The summer residency program includes a Research Academy for the 11th & 12th graders designed to introduce students to basic research techniques, research methodology and to familiarize them with state-of-the-art research labs and equipment. While the 11th graders take a course in Parasitology, our seniors take a Bioethics & Research course, which culminates with a Research Symposium at the end of the summer program. Under the direction of program faculty, the seniors present their research on complex subject that typically they would not be introduced to until well into their college careers.
Website Address http://www.fiu.edu/~ubms
EDUCATIONAL TALENT SEARCH
Educational Talent Search is a federally funded pre-college initiative that was born out of the 1965 Higher Education Act. It remains an important part of the Council for Opportunity in Education’s TRIO programs. It serves young people in grades six through twelve by providing academic support along with college counseling and post-secondary information. These students are from low-income households and/or have parents who have not graduated from college. There are currently, over 363,300 participants in 466 Talent Search Programs nationwide. The FIU-ETS program serves 600 students from target middle and high schools in the North Dade area.
The purpose/mission of the Talent Search program is as follows:
- To identify qualified students with potential to succeed in a post-secondary educational institution of their choice;
- To publicize the availability of financial assistance for programs of postsecondary education;
- Invite presenters (from within FIU and from the community at large) to give motivational talks to students about career and life choices;
- To provide services and activities that will address the various personal development needs of each participant;
- Identifying their Talent to succeed, we encourage them to use this potential;
- Develop the basic learning skills of the participants;
- Strengthen the participants’ and their parents’ understanding of the benefits of a college education;
- Encourage students to improve their behavior and become more diligent in their academic pursuits;
- Support students with the ability to earn a college degree;
- Educate the students on their career options so better class selections and career choices are made.
Core Services to Students
Our goal is to meet the needs of schools in the North Dade area by offering year-round tutorial assistance, college counseling, fieldtrips and summer on-campus programs for six hundred students. The following is a list of targeted/participating school:
- Miami Central High School
- Miami Edison High School
- Miami Northwestern High School
- Madison Middle School
- Westview Middle School
- Charles Drew Middle School
- Miami Edison Middle School
- North Miami Middle School
- North Miami High School
- Brownsville Middle School
- Turner Technical Art High School
- John F. Kennedy Middle School
On-site (FIU Biscayne Bay Campus) and at the North Miami Public Library
Mathematics: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-calculus, FCAT, SAT and ACT prep.
English: Essay writing, Vocabulary, Grammar, Literary Analysis as well as FCAT, SAT and ACT prep.
Science: Chemistry, Biology and Physics
Saturdays for Success
FCAT/SAT/ACT preparation sessions are offered emphasizing mastery in English and Mathematics; Motivational-themed, “College 101” Sessions are held on the topics of Leadership, Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarship Search, and more.
Fieldtrips encompass a variety of social/cultural activities, invitations to campus activities, and more.
Mentoring Apart from identifying the academic needs of the participants, the program staff serve as role models and mentors to our program participants.
E.T.S. Summer Program
- Introduces students to the college environment via Math, English, Art, Career & Life Skills classes;
- Enforces good study skills and classroom ethic;
- Rewards students with a M.D.C.P.S. credit for their consistency and achievement;
- Encourages interaction with other student from Dade County that share similar educational goals and aspirations.
Website address: http://ets.fiu.edu