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  1. How to Find STEM Educational Programs- Navigating NC STEM Center
  2. STEM Program & Opportunity Highlights for Hispanics
  3. Minority Focused STEM Initiatives
  4. College & University STEM Associations, Organizations & Clubs for Students
  5. College & University STEM Bachelor’s Degree Programs
  6. Professional Organizations

 

How to Find STEM Educational Programs- Navigating NC STEM Center

NC STEM Center logoAre you looking for a quick way to decide which STEM program to enroll your kids/teens in? STEM opportunities such as fairs, conferences, and/or workshops?

The NC STEM Center is a web portal for all things related to SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING and MATHEMATICS (STEM) education in North Carolina. It’s a tool you and your family can use to find useful information about the importance of STEM education, resources and knowledge that organizations throughout the state have shared, and individuals who have similar interests. You can use it’s statewide program database to find high-quality and engaging STEM programs tailored to your interests and other opportunities close to your area.

To find step-by-step instructions on navigating NC STEM Center, click on this link: http://thencshp.org/tuportalstem/find/navigatingncstemcenter/

STEM Program and Opportunity Highlights 

A list of organizations and providers that are doing great work to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in North Carolina is presented below by focus area.
*Note: Highlighted Programs and Opportunities were found using the database on NCSTEMCenter.org to filter through programs and specifically look for programs that mention their diversity focus and cost efficiency.

Biology Focus:

  • McClintock Partners In Education – McClintock Partners In Education (McPIE) is a community partnership that seeks to ensure the students at McClintock Middle School in Charlotte, NC have access to the support, opportunities, and resources that will provide them with the best education available and to ensure their future, life-long success in the 21st century world. McPIE is committed to improving students’ academic success and ability to succeed by providing one-on-one tutoring, enrichment opportunities, and personal supportive relationships for the students and their families. We support the school’s STEM focus with Family Night clubs and summer programming. https://www.ncsmt.org/awards/partnership/2013-partnership-award-winner-mcclintoc…
  • Junior Seahawk Academy – Our goal is to motivate ALL young learners. We provide opportunities for both underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students interests in learning by allowing them to engage in real-world, hands on, field experiences. The academy will serve approximately 60+ middle school students (ages 10-14)* that are generally underrepresented populations in STEM areas (mathematics, science and technology). The program also targets middle school students to participate that tend to have difficulty with these subjects during the school year. We use technologies and books to help enhance students literacy skills and other math and science learning tools to prepare them for STEM courses and careers. Program provides enroll in advanced math and science courses. http://uncw.edu/ed/jrseahawk
  • Young Women in Bio – Young Women in Bio (YWIB) is a special initiative of Women in Bio, Research Triangle Chapter, to introduce girls to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). YWIB creates programs and events geared towards encouraging girls in K-12 to consider STEM fields as a career choice. The events ignite the girls’ curiosity in science and technology, while nurturing a business and entrepreneurial spirit. YWIB is committed to increasing the representation of girls in STEM by sharing our passion for STEM with girls around the Raleigh/Durham area. http://womeninbio.org/wib-chapters/rtp
  • Catawba Science Center – Catawba Science Center is a nonprofit science and technology museum offering hands-on exhibits to explore physical, natural, and earth sciences. Featured amenities include RaceWays, freshwater and saltwater aquarium galleries, including a marine touch pool with LIVE sharks and stingrays, Hall of Astronomy, two featured exhibit halls, a digital planetarium theater, and special events room for school group lunches and community gatherings. http://catawbascience.org/

Coding & Programing Focus:

  • Young Women in Bio – Young Women in Bio (YWIB) is a special initiative of Women in Bio, Research Triangle Chapter, to introduce girls to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). YWIB creates programs and events geared towards encouraging girls in K-12 to consider STEM fields as a career choice. The events ignite the girls’ curiosity in science and technology, while nurturing a business and entrepreneurial spirit. YWIB is committed to increasing the representation of girls in STEM by sharing our passion for STEM with girls around the Raleigh/Durham area. http://womeninbio.org/wib-chapters/rtp
  • FIRST North Carolina – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – We inspire the next generation of engineers, computer scientists and STEM leaders through evidence-based K-12 robotics programs.  Students engage in hands-on, project-based, mentor-led programs that encourage creativity, innovation and resilience. http://www.firstnorthcarolina.org
  • Programming 4 Girls – The Alice Programming Workshop is a two week class held at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC that introduces middle school girls to computer science through an easy-to-learn program that allows them to create their own stories and games in 3D computer animation. http://www.programming4girls.com
  • Kramden Institute – Providing technology tools and training to bridge the digital divide. We collect, refurbish and award computers to students and families without a computer in their home. We inspire students to succeed by teaching them critical computer, software and Internet skills. We recycle and reuse donated computers and parts; extending their lives and reducing e-waste. www.kramden.org

Earth & Environmental Science Focus:

  • The North Carolina Arboretum – Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region. The Arboretum delivers educational experiences that create a purposeful, engaging and experiential approach to science and outdoor education. www.ncarboretum.org
  • EcoExplore – Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education  (ecoEXPLORE) is an incentive-based citizen science program for children in grades K-8 who reside in western North Carolina. This innovative pilot program, developed by The North Carolina Arboretum, combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children and encourages them to explore the outdoors and become a citizen scientist. www.ecoexplore.net
  • Young Women in Bio – Young Women in Bio (YWIB) is a special initiative of Women in Bio, Research Triangle Chapter, to introduce girls to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). YWIB creates programs and events geared towards encouraging girls in K-12 to consider STEM fields as a career choice. The events ignite the girls’ curiosity in science and technology, while nurturing a business and entrepreneurial spirit. YWIB is committed to increasing the representation of girls in STEM by sharing our passion for STEM with girls around the Raleigh/Durham area. http://womeninbio.org/wib-chapters/rtp
  • Catawba Science Center – Catawba Science Center is a nonprofit science and technology museum offering hands-on exhibits to explore physical, natural, and earth sciences. Featured amenities include RaceWays, freshwater and saltwater aquarium galleries, including a marine touch pool with LIVE sharks and stingrays, Hall of Astronomy, two featured exhibit halls, a digital planetarium theater, and special events room for school group lunches and community gatherings. http://catawbascience.org/

Engineering Focus:

  • Above and Beyond Students – Above and Beyond Students provider after school tutoring, homework assistance and enrichment activities to students in grades K-8. Students receive instruction individually or in small groups. We use hands on engaging activities, project based learning, and peer-to-peer teaching. Our goals are to improve the academic level of students, help them become proficient in core curriculum; To expose our students to 21st century skills in Technology, STEM, Art and Music.; introduce and increase interest in STEM careers as well as improve academic performance in core science programs; provide hands on engaging activities that will improve academic performance and increase interest in STEM. http://aboveandbeyondstudents.com
  • The Imhotep Academy – The Imhotep Academy introduces underrepresented middle grades students (African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and women) to science, mathematics, and technology at The Science House on NC State University Centennial Campus, 909 Capability Drive. http://www.science-house.org
  • The Engineering Place at NC State University – Summer camps for elementary, middle and high school. Engineering on the Road outreach visits. Consulting for engineering magnet schools. On campus group visits. Other components: www.engr.ncsu.edu/k12outreach http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/k12outreach/index.html
  • MSEN Summer Scholars – The Summer Scholars program provides mathematics and science enrichment for underserved students in grades 6 – 11 on the campus of NC State University. This program provides mathematics preparation for the students’ fall math course in school. Secondly, the program provides hands-on mathematics and science enrichment in a variety of areas such as robotics, information technology, and physical science. http://www.ncsu.edu/crmse/programs/msen/

Robotics Focus:

  • NC First Robotics – NC FIRST Robotics is proud to partner with US FIRST to inspire the next generation of engineers, innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders.NC FIRST Robotics is committed to ensuring that every student in North Carolina has access to a high quality FIRST experience. http://www.ncfirstrobotics.org
  • Nehemiah Community Empowerment Center – STEM Academy – Our mission is to empower and expose at-risk youth, teens and young adults to the robotic and technology fields.  We do this by providing STEM-based activities coupled with academic enrichment. www.be-a-nehemiah.org
  • Young Women in Bio – Young Women in Bio (YWIB) is a special initiative of Women in Bio, Research Triangle Chapter, to introduce girls to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). YWIB creates programs and events geared towards encouraging girls in K-12 to consider STEM fields as a career choice. The events ignite the girls’ curiosity in science and technology, while nurturing a business and entrepreneurial spirit. YWIB is committed to increasing the representation of girls in STEM by sharing our passion for STEM with girls around the Raleigh/Durham area. http://womeninbio.org/wib-chapters/rtp
  • Catawba Science Center – Catawba Science Center is a nonprofit science and technology museum offering hands-on exhibits to explore physical, natural, and earth sciences. Featured amenities include RaceWays, freshwater and saltwater aquarium galleries, including a marine touch pool with LIVE sharks and stingrays, Hall of Astronomy, two featured exhibit halls, a digital planetarium theater, and special events room for school group lunches and community gatherings. http://catawbascience.org/

Space Science/Aerospace/Rocketry Focus:

  • STEM for Kids – What started as a one program offering at one location, soon grew to over 15 different engineering, science and technology themed programs at several locations across North Carolina and a national franchise. https://stemforkids.net/

Source: NCSTEMCenter.org

Minority Focused STEM Initiatives

TECHNOLOchicashttps://technolochicas.org/
TECHNOLOchicas is a national initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Televisa Foundation designed to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology. TECHNOLOchicas uses the powerful stories of Latinas from diverse backgrounds, who are in technology fields, and recognize the power of innovation to change the world. These stories allow girls to see and relate to real-life role models.

College & University STEM Associations, Organizations & Clubs for Students

UNC Chapel Hill

  • Allies for Minorities and Women in Science and Engineering – WISE meets once a month to have discussions on topics that relate to the problems that women scientists confront throughout their careers.  Our focus is on studying these problems in a scientific manner and to find courses of action that can be taken to address these problems. We also learn about the life and career of an inspirational woman scientist to gain insight about her scientific accomplishments as well as the barriers that she faced. https://studentlife.unc.edu/organization/WISE
  • Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity –  UNC’s chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma (AXS) was founded on May 6, 1912 and for 103 years the chapter has been dedicated to giving back to the community while using its vast chemistry knowledge as an advantage. https://studentlife.unc.edu/organization/alpha-chi-sigma-professional-chemistry-fraternity-
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society – AED, Alpha Epsilon Delta, is UNC’s pre-health honor society, as well as the national pre-health honor society with chapters in universities across the country. UNC-CH’s AED was nationally chartered in 1936 and is the second oldest chapter in North Carolina. Our goal is to provide our members and pledges with valuable resources and experiences that help guide them on their way to professional careers in health care. https://studentlife.unc.edu/organization/AED
  • Association for Students in Information Science and Technology, UNC-CH Chapter ASIS&T, the Association for Information Science & Technology, is dedicated to fostering intellectual discourse and career development for information professionals worldwide. Our student chapter advances those goals at the local level, by sponsoring lectures, panel discussions, field trips, and other activities. We focus on areas such as database administration, information architecture, user-centered design, and web development.https://studentlife.unc.edu/organization/asist
  • Association of Women Surgeons – Connect with women who share your interests, join an association dedicated to serving women aspiring to be surgeons. https://studentlife.unc.edu/organization/aws

For a full list of student organizations at UNC Chapel Hill please visit: https://studentlife.unc.edu/organizations

NC State University

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers -The American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Chapter at North Carolina State University is one of the most active chapters in the nation. AIChE is a professional student-led organization that focuses on professional development, leadership, networking, continuing educatin, as well as social service and outreach. https://getinvolved.ncsu.edu/organization/58
  • American Nuclear Society at NC State -The NC State section of ANS supports the academic, professional, and social development of its members. ANS hosts invited speakers from academia, industry, and government, professional development activities and workshops and field trips to industry. It helps build a strong network that will become the foundation of future endeavors for members. https://getinvolved.ncsu.edu/organization/ans
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers – The purpose of this student organization is to provide a sense of community among Biological and Agricultural students.  The club hosts speakers, social events, professional development seminars, tours of local engineering firms, and many other events to help students stay connected and informed in their field of study. https://getinvolved.ncsu.edu/organization/ASABE
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Section at NC State – The NCSU student chapter of ASME was founded in 1920. We hold resume workshops, professional seminars with company representatives, social events, and service events. We also attend several professional development conferences every year. https://getinvolved.ncsu.edu/organization/NCSU_ASME
  • American Society of Civil Engineers – ASCE is the oldest, most well known organization of professional civil engineers. The group publishes books and journals, establishes codes and standards, and supports the people and institutes of the civil works discipline. Here at NC State, we have a student chapter. Our primary goal is to introduce students of all CCEE concentrations to the professional industry through guest lectures and networking programs. This year, State will be attending the annual Carolinas Conference (a regional competition for students studying civil engineering) at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro. Our chapter will focus heavily on planning, designing, and competing for the event in the Spring of 2017.  https://getinvolved.ncsu.edu/organization/ASCE
  • Biomedical Engineering Society Student Chapter at NC State – The BME Society is a great way to get involved in the biomedical field. At our meetings you can learn more about Biomedical Engineering, meet other students and faculty, and network with local professionals. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting! https://getinvolved.ncsu.edu/organization/BMES

For a full list of student organizations at NC State University please visit: https://getinvolved.ncsu.edu/Organizations

For a list of STEM associations, organizations, and clubs for students at the 17 university campuses of the University of North Carolina System, at the 59 college locations of the North Carolina Community College System, and at all the independent and private colleges and universities in North Carolina please visit:
University of North Carolina System: www.northcarolina.edu/content/our-17-campuses
North Carolina  Community College System: www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/about-us/main-campuses
North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities: www.ncicu.org

College & University STEM Bachelor’s Degree Programs

This is a sample of the types of STEM degrees you could obtain at top overall colleges and universities as ranked by Forbes List of America’s Best Colleges 2017. This is not a full list of all possible STEM Bachelor’s Degree programs in North Carolina.You can find similar programs at institutions across North Carolina colleges and universities.

Duke University

Biology – https://biology.duke.edu/

Chemistry – http://chem.duke.edu/

Evolutionary Anthropology – http://evolutionaryanthropology.duke.edu/

Physics – http://phy.duke.edu/

Psychology and Neuroscience – http://psychandneuro.duke.edu/

Pratt School of Engineering – http://pratt.duke.edu/

Computer Science – http://www.cs.duke.edu/

Mathematics- https://math.duke.edu/

Statistical Science – http://stat.duke.edu/

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Applied Physical Sciences – https://aps.unc.edu/

Biology – http://bio.unc.edu/

Biomedical Engineeringhttps://www.bme.unc.edu/

Chemistry –  http://www.chem.unc.edu/

Computer Science – http://cs.unc.edu/

Environment and Ecology –  http://cee.unc.edu/

Exercise and Sport Science – http://exss.unc.edu/

Geological Sciences – http://www.geosci.unc.edu/

Marine Sciences –  http://marine.unc.edu/

Mathematics – http://math.unc.edu/

Physics and Astronomy  – http://physics.unc.edu/

Psychology and Neuroscience – http://psychology.unc.edu/

Statistics and Operations Research – http://stat-or.unc.edu/

Davidson College

Biology – https://www.davidson.edu/academics/biology

Chemistry – https://www.davidson.edu/academics/chemistry

Computer Science – https://www.davidson.edu/academics/mathematics-and-computer-science

Engineering – https://www.davidson.edu/academics/engineering

Environmental Studies – https://www.davidson.edu/academics/environmental-studies

Mathematics & Computer Science – https://www.davidson.edu/academics/mathematics-and-computer-science

Physics – https://www.davidson.edu/academics/physics

Premedicie and Allied Health Professions https://www.davidson.edu/academics/premedicine-and-allied-health-professions

Psychology – https://www.davidson.edu/academics/psychology

Wake Forest University

Accountancy – http://business.wfu.edu/

Biology – http://college.wfu.edu/biology/

Biophysics – http://www.physics.wfu.edu/

Business – http://business.wfu.edu/

Chemistry – http://college.wfu.edu/chemistry/

Computer Science – http://college.wfu.edu/cs/

Engineering – http://college.wfu.edu/engineering/

Health & Exercise Science – http://college.wfu.edu/hes/

Interdisciplinary Mathematics – http://college.wfu.edu/math/for-undergraduate-students/undergrad-requirments

Mathematical Business – http://business.wfu.edu/

Mathematical Economics – http://college.wfu.edu/math/

Mathematical Statistics – http://college.wfu.edu/math/

Mathematics – http://college.wfu.edu/math/

Physics – http://www.physics.wfu.edu/  

Psychology – http://college.wfu.edu/psychology/

Statistics – http://college.wfu.edu/math/

Elon University  

Applied Mathematics – https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/mathematics-statistics/mathematics/why-applied-mathematics/

Biochemistry- https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/chemistry/

Biology – https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/biology/

Chemistry – https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/chemistry/

Computer Science – https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/computing-sciences/why-computing-sciences/computer-science/

Engineering- https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/engineering/

Engineering Physics – https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/engineering/

Environmental and Ecological Science – https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/environmental-studies/program-information/environmental-ecological-science-fact-sheet/

Exercise Science – https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/exercise-science/

Mathematics – https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/mathematics-statistics/mathematics/

Physics- https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/physics/

Psychology – https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/psychology/

Public Health Studies – https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/public-health/

Statistics – https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/mathematics-statistics/statistics/

North Carolina State University

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – https://cals.ncsu.edu/

Biological and Agricultural Engineering- http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/

Molecular and Structural Biochemistry- http://biochem.ncsu.edu/

College of Engineering – http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/

Biological and Agricultural Engineering – http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/

Biomedical Engineering – http://www.bme.ncsu.edu/

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – https://www.cbe.ncsu.edu/

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering – https://www.ccee.ncsu.edu/

Computer Science – https://www.csc.ncsu.edu/

Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering – http://www.ise.ncsu.edu/

Electrical and Computer Engineering – http://www.ece.ncsu.edu/

Materials Science and Engineering – http://www.mse.ncsu.edu/

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – http://www.mae.ncsu.edu/

Nuclear Engineering – http://www.ne.ncsu.edu/

College of Sciences – https://sciences.ncsu.edu/

Biological Sciences – https://bio.sciences.ncsu.edu/

Chemistry – http://www.ncsu.edu/chemistry/

Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences – https://meas.sciences.ncsu.edu/

Mathematics – http://www.math.ncsu.edu/

Physics – http://www.physics.ncsu.edu/

Statistics – http://www.stat.ncsu.edu/

Source: Forbes List of America’s Best Colleges 2017 https://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/#43ea08e31987

To find College and University STEM Degrees (Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral) offered at the 17 university campuses of the University of North Carolina System, at the 59 college locations of the North Carolina Community College System, and at all the independent and private colleges and universities in North Carolina please visit:

University of North Carolina System: www.northcarolina.edu/content/our-17-campuses 
North Carolina  Community College System: www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/about-us/main-campuses
North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities: www.ncicu.org

Best Colleges for Engineering 

A list of best colleges and universities for engineering according to niche.com is presented below:

Duke University- https://www.duke.edu/

UNC Chapel Hill – http://www.unc.edu/spotlight/hhmi-chancellors-science-scholars/

North Carolina State University – https://www.ncsu.edu/

University of North Carolina at Charlotte – http://www.uncc.edu/

North Carolina A&T State University  – http://www.ncat.edu/academics/index.html

University of North Carolina at Asheville – https://www.unca.edu/

East Carolina University – http://www.ecu.edu/

Wake Technical Community College – https://www.waketech.edu/

Central Piedmont Community College – https://www.cpcc.edu/

For a complete list please visit: Niche at  https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-engineering/s/north-carolina/

Professional Organizations 

North Carolina Society of Engineers – The North Carolina Society of Engineers, founded in 1918, is a nonprofit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization which helps promote the social, economic, and technical interests of the engineering profession throughout the State of North Carolina. By fostering better standards of engineering ethics and disseminating engineering knowledge among its members, it helps secure efficient service for the public and protects the public from incompetence in all lines of engineering work. http://www.ncsocietyofengineers.org/

Professional Engineers of North Carolina – North Carolina Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers https://www.penc.org/

North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals – The North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals (NCAEP) is the largest multi-disciplinary professional organization of its kind in the State.

Formed in 1989 by ten environmental consultants, the association has grown to over 200 individual members and 9 member corporations in 2016. Researchers, consultants, regulators, educators, attorneys, engineers, geologists, and students involved in any and all aspects of environmental management are eligible for membership. http://www.ncaep.org/

Structural Engineers Association of North Carolina – The Structural Engineers Association of North Carolina is a technical organization dedicated to the advancement of the practice of Structural Engineering.

Our members include licensed professional engineers and engineer interns, students, engineering educators, retired engineers, and associated professionals and firms.Members come from a variety of areas of practice, with interests as diverse as bridge and highway structure design, tower and transmission structure design, special inspections, geotechnical engineering, structural steel connection and fabrication, and buildings and architectural structures. http://seaofnc.org/index.php

Address

North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals
8450 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 209
Cary, NC 27513

Phone: (919) 467-8424
Fax: (919) 469-1785
E-mail: mailbox@TheNCSHP.org