STEM Academy

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Berkshire Bank STEM Academy

Apply for 2019 STEM Academy here!

The dates for the 2019 STEM Academy are July 28th - August 1st.

The STEM Academy is a five-day program that will introduce incoming freshmen to careers in STEM areas, build connections to other STEM students, faculty, and staff. Our primary goal is to provide students with a foundation as they start their academic career at MCLA, and assist them on their way to earning undergraduate degrees in STEM areas.

Students holding a Welcome STEM sign

The Academy accepts up to 20 incoming freshmen who are enrolled in a STEM major or have expressed interest in STEM fields. The program is open to all students. Low-income, first-generation college students, women, and racial/ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

 Program goals include:

  • Enhance college readiness (especially in mathematics)
  • Familiarize students with campus life
  • Gain knowledge on STEM-related careers, and network with local professionals
  • Learn skills to prepare for college success
CNSE clean suit

Bio Lab

lab coats 2016 cohort

Left: a student attempts chemistry in a clean suit at SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Technology
Right, top: checking blood pressure during Biology lab
Right, bottom: a STEM Academy reunion at the start of spring semester

Comments from Academy Participants!

"So many opportunities came for me because of the STEM program. I value every experience and every memory that came from my summer with STEM." - Shannon, Class of 2020

"Thank you for such a great experience at STEM. My family and I truly value all the preparation that took place in order for the program to be as successful as it was." - Shelby, Class of 2018 

"I feel like I'm going into the college year prepared for what is to come, especially in terms of academic rigor and time management. I learned a lot and met so many wonderful people." - Jeff, Class of 2017

STEM Academy Video from 2015

For more information:

Please contact Dr. Carolyn Dehner, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of the STEM Academy:

telephone: (413) 662-5177