Galveston College receives $2.8 million National Science Foundation grant

Galveston College has received a five-year, $2,887,872 grant that focuses on enhancing the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and increasing the success rates of students pursuing associate and baccalaureate degrees in STEM.

The National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program grant will fund a project titled “Unified Community of Support: Building Capacity for STEM Transfer Students’ Success,” which aims to build institutional capacity between Galveston College and its partner university-transfer institutions through a unified community of support across a regional transfer alliance.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Galveston College students and the Houston-Galveston community,” said Dr. Sandra Metoyer, co-principal investigator for the grant. “Galveston College is one of two community colleges in the nation to receive a grant in 2021 under the Institutional Transformation Project track.”

The funding will allow Galveston College to add a STEM transfer success adviser and a STEM Honors Program coordinator and to continue the STEM Honors Program, which was funded by a National Science Foundation grant in 2016.

“The funding will also enable the college to expand and strengthen co-curricular opportunities including the STEM Study Abroad program, renovate the STEM Student Center and provide students with at least $378,750 in National Science Foundation scholarship support that may be extended to their transfer universities,” said Dr. Ana Sanchez, principal investigator for the grant.

The expected results of the project include improved STEM advising, improved STEM teaching and mentoring, enhanced opportunities for co-curricular activities, more equitable participation and outcomes, improved student success, and long-term sustainable institutional structural change.

“This grant will provide significant opportunities to improve the overall university-transfer and success rates of our STEM students,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president. “Ultimately, the increased number of students with bachelor’s degrees in our region will have a tremendously positive effect on our local economy.”

Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president for instruction at Galveston College, said, “This National Science Foundation award follows two prior successful NSF projects at Galveston College. This project builds on our prior work and success with those projects. We are grateful to NSF for once again recognizing the need for STEM education in Galveston and the Texas Gulf Coast.”

Above: Dr. Ana Sanchez and Dr. Sandra Metoyer accompany a group of Galveston College STEM students on a study-abroad trip to Costa Rica as part of the college’s National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program grant. The college recently received a five-year $2,887,872 NSF grant to build institutional capacity between Galveston College and its partner university-transfer institutions through a unified community of support across a regional transfer alliance.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program under Grant 2122825.

Meet a UTMB Scientist

Are you pursuing a career in science or a medical field? Are you interested in science as a hobby? Galveston College will host a virtual lecture featuring a panel of six University of Texas Medical Branch scientists who will discuss their disciplines and their latest research on Tuesday, April 13, at 3 p.m. via Zoom videoconference. Don’t miss this outstanding opportunity to find out more about the world of science and healthcare. Please contact Dr. Laimutis Bytautas at lbytautas@gc.edu for more information.

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Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair is Feb. 9

The 36th Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair is set for Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Aggie Special Events Center on the campus of Texas A&M University at Galveston, 200 Seawolf Parkway.

All Galveston County students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to apply to present at the fair, which experienced a hiatus during the 2017-18 school year because of the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Registration is currently open at http://www.tamug.edu/scifair/registration.html. The deadline to register is Feb. 1. No late registration, on-site registration and substitutions will be accepted.

Exhibit categories include behavioral/social science, biochemistry and microbiology, botany, environmental sciences, medicine and health, zoology, chemistry, computer science, space and earth sciences, engineering, mathematics and physics.

Student participants who win in their category will be awarded trophies, certificates, scholarships and/or cash awards.

Judging will begin at 8:30 a.m. The general public is invited to view the exhibits from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair is the result of a long-standing tradition of collaboration between the faculty and staff from Galveston College, Texas A&M University at Galveston and the University of Texas Medical Branch to encourage Galveston County students to engage in science, engineering, technology and mathematics through competitive projects and exhibitions.

Science fair co-chairs are Dr. James Salazar of Galveston College, Dr. David Baca of Texas A&M University at Galveston and Dr. Marguerite A. Sognier of the University of Texas Medical Branch. Committee members include Michael Sweeney, Texas A&M University at Galveston; Dr. Adrian Recinos, Dr. Cliff Houston and Alicia Simmons, University of Texas Medical Branch; and Dr. Dragoslava Zivadinovic, Dr. Tatyana Ivanova, Carol Langston, Cynthia Parra and Sandi Smith, Galveston College.

“Participation in a science and engineering fair can be a critical step,” said Dr. Sognier, a research scientist and inventor who holds five patents. “Students gain essential life skills such as critical/creative thinking, effective communication and perseverance, which will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”

For more information, contact Dr. David R. Baca at (409) 599-1441 or Michael Sweeney at (409) 740-4564.

Summer Camp for Kids in Galveston

Kids’ College set to begin at Galveston College

Galveston College will kick off its 2018 Kids’ College summer program for students ages 10 and older next week. Class dates and times vary.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based courses this summer include two programs: Advanced Robotics and Virtual Reality Design. There also will be a return of the ever-popular classes in 3D Video Game Design, Minecraft Designers, Minecraft Animators and Advanced 3D Video Game Design.  These courses are a great introduction to coding and programming.

Additional offerings include Cupcake Crazies, BLAST Babysitting Basics, Junior Chef and Improvisational Theatre.

To view the complete schedule, visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/leisure-learning/kids-college/

To register students for classes, visit the Galveston College Continuing Education Department on the first floor of Moody Hall.

For more information, call (409) 944-1344 or write to CE@gc.edu.