GC STEM Mathematics

 

The Galveston College STEM Honors Program is a student organization made up of academically motivated students that plan to major in any of the STEM fields. The STEM Honors program provides students with academic enhancements, support systems, and opportunity for scholarship that they may not otherwise have access to.

 

Through participation in the STEM Honors Program students will have: 

  • Access to faculty and staff mentors to help guide them to their academic goals 
  • Opportunity to network with students with similar motivations and interests 
  • Ability to apply for National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM Scholarships 
  • Early pre-registration 
  • Opportunity to receive priority participation in Study Abroad programming  
  • Opportunities to participate in undergraduate research and internships with faculty members and partnering institutions 
  • Competitive advantage on future transfer and scholarship applications  
  • Recognition as graduating with Honors on degree and transcripts 
 
 
 

  • Continuing students in a science, technology, engineering,
    or math program with a 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • Any first semester student who is in a science, technology,
    engineering, or math (STEM) fields
  • Students that have a high potential to develop academic
    talent and are highly motivated

Criteria for continuing students:

  • Maintain 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • Attend Honors advising each semester
  • Meet with assigned Faculty Mentor periodically throughout
    each semester
  • To earn the Honors designation on your diploma and transcript, you must earn a total of 40 Honors points. It is recommended to earn 10 Honors points per term to stay on track to graduate with the Honors designation

Criteria for first semester students:

  • Declared a STEM program
  • Enroll in Learning Framework-STEM course (PSYC 1100-1000)
  • Meet with assigned faculty mentor periodically throughout each semester
  • Meet with Honors Program Coordinator for Academic Coaching in the first semester 
  • Attend Honors advising each semester
  • Obtain 2.8 cumulative GPA or above at end of first semester
  • To earn the Honors designation on your diploma and transcript, you must earn a total of 40 Honors points. It is recommended to earn 10 Honors points per term to stay on track to graduate with the Honors designation

Students are required to obtain 40 points to receive the STEM Honors designation on transcript and diploma. Students can earn points by participating in the following:

Honors Contract : 4 points per contract

Faculty Mentor Meetings: 3 points per semester

Honors Activities: 2 points per participation in activity

Outside Honors Activities: 1-2 points per participation in activity

Campus Resource Activities: 1 point per participation in activity

Students will be connected with a Faculty Mentor at the time of entry to the Honors Program. Building relationships between students and mentors will provide academic support, guidance, and encouragement to help students accomplish their academic goals and future endeavors. Students are required to meet with their mentor at least once per semester, however students can meet with mentors as often as desired.

Life Science: Dr. Raj Rudrabhatla, and Dr. Alex Peniche

Math: Mr. Rodrigo Santoyo, and Mr. Fred Khoury

Physics: Dr. Daniel Gebreselasie

Chemistry: Dr. Laimutis Bytautas

Computer Science: Mr. Daryl Williams

Engineering: We will assign you a mentor closest to your interest

Contracting for Honors credit enables motivated students to earn honors credit by incorporating an honors component within a regularly offered class. Honors Contracts involve a project or activity that allows students to go into greater depth than normally required in some aspect of the course. The contract is an agreement between the student and the instructor of the designed project and its unique course requirements that justify earning Honors credit for the course.

Honors Contracts provide an opportunity for both the student and the faculty member to be creative in their thinking, to explore related topics, and go deeper in examination of course material. Ideally, contract projects will add a new dimension to the class and not simply extend regular course assignments. Any course can be contracted, with professor approval, but we recommend the course be related to their transfer major and connected to their post-graduation goals.

Course contracts are at the discretion of professor of the course. Students should be prepared to complete an Honors contract in more than one course in such cases. 

Contracts do not need to be with faculty mentors. Contracts are tied to the course on the student's transcripts and should be agreed upon with the course instructor.  Contracts have no bearing on the actual grade of the course, so they do not impact student's course grade; but upon completion of a course contract, the Honors designation is added to the course on the transcript.                                                                                                     

PSYC-1100-1000: A study of the research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation; factors that impact learning, and application of learning strategies. Theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition, and motivation serve as the conceptual basis for the introduction of college-level student academic strategies. Students use assessment instruments (e.g., learning inventories) to help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as strategic learners. Students are ultimately expected to integrate and apply the learning skills discussed across their own academic programs and become effective and efficient learners. Students developing these skills should be able to continually draw from the theoretical models they have learned.

Scholarship assistance for this course is available through the National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarships. For more information about this scholarship, please contact [email protected]

The National Science Foundation (NSF) scholarships are for students pursuing a degree in one of the NSF-recognized areas of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields. This excludes health sciences fields such as nursing or radiography. 

NSF STEM Transfer Scholarship. This scholarship is intended for STEM program students who have the goal of transfer to university and completing a bachelor’s degree in STEM. This scholarship requires involvement with the GC STEM Honors program It may be renewed for a maximum of five years and could be up to $2,500 per academic year at GC and up to $5,000 per academic year at your transfer university.
          Eligibility Requirements:

  • Participation in the STEM Honors Program
  • Demonstrated financial need (completed and current FAFSA required)
  • Enrolled in 6 or more credit hours each full term at GC in a STEM degree program
  • Pursuing an Associate of Science degree in one of the NSF-recognized STEM disciplines
  • Student must be a U. S. Citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States 
  • Completion of a transfer program map with the transfer university and bachelor program in STEM identified
  • Student must complete an Associate of Science degree in order for scholarship to be applied at the university level
    *Any exceptions would be considered on an individual basis
  • Student must make consecutive progress toward their degree at both Galveston College and university levels to remain eligible  

NSF Technology Program Scholarship. This scholarship is intended for STEM Technology program students who have the goal of completing an Associate of Applied Science degree at GC in electrical/electronics, instrumentation, or computer networking. It may be renewed for a maximum of three years and could be up to $2,500 per academic year at GC.
           Eligibility Requirements:

  • Participation in the STEM Honors Program
  • Demonstrated financial need (completed and current FAFSA required)
  • Enrolled in 6 or more credit hours each full term at GC in a NSF recognized
    technical A.A.S. program
  • Pursuing an Applied Associate of Science (A.A.S.) degree in one of the
    NSF-recognized STEM disciplines
  • Student must be a U. S. Citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States 

NSF Learning Frameworks – STEM Discovery Seminar Credit. This scholarship is intended for any GC student who chooses to take the NSF Learning Framework-STEM course (PSYC 1100-1000; 1-hour elective credit). It may be repeated each term for a maximum of 4 terms at GC. The NSF Learning Framework-STEM course (PSYC 1100-1000) is intended to introduce students to Learning Frameworks in the context of STEM disciplines/fields. It will include career exploration, best learning strategies in STEM, guest scientists, field and/or lab experiences, and inquiry immersion experiences. This course will expose students to research opportunities and will help students design and execute an Honors Contract and/or undergraduate research experiences. Students in the STEM Honors Program are strongly encouraged to take this course

 To apply for a scholarship please contact us at [email protected]

To find out more about the program and to apply, please email us at [email protected]

Barbara Dover STEM Honors Program Director

STEM Honors Program Coordinator:

Barbara Dover

STEM Honors Program Director:

Dr. Ana Sanchez

 

Contact us: [email protected]

Come visit us in the STEM Student Center on the 3rd floor of the Mary Moody Northen wing in N-310

Recieve help planning out your next steps for transferring to a STEM program at a university.

  • FASFA help
  • Program transfer map
    • including what courses you need to take at Galveston College that will transfer to the university

STEM Transfer Student Success Specialist:
Lionel DeLuna

Contact: [email protected]

This opportunity is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2122825.