The NSF STEP-UP project is a multi-year Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program – University Partnership (NU STEP-UP) seeks to increase the number of students receiving degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines. Our program includes STEM students from Northeastern University and collaborating Community Colleges (CC), with a special focus on recruiting and retaining traditionally underrepresented students in STEM studies.
The collaborating partners include: MassBay Community College (MBCC), Wellesley, MA; Middlesex Community College, Lowell/Bedford, MA; and Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill/Lawrence, MA. Additional funding from the Department of Homeland Security supports collaboration with Roxbury Community College (RCC).
An April 2013 Conference was held as MassBay Community College, with another conference tentatively scheduled for Spring/Summer 2014. The conference served to provide faculty from Community Colleges and partner universities the opportunity to share innovative programs and strategies supporting STEM pathways. This conference was the culmination of five years of partnership work between Northeastern University and partner Community Colleges. Additional sessions highlighted successful program models and strategies in place at institutions across the state of Massachusetts. Conference offerings have been supported through funding by the National Science Foundation (Grant #0653090)