Chemistry Teacher spreading the word to help undergraduates this Summer

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Sick of the heat, or need to see some green?

Undergraduate students from MCC and other colleges or universities have the chance to step out of their familiar surroundings for the Summer!

Chemistry teacher Denice Mittelstaedt encourages students in a science field to apply for the National Science Foundation’s program called Where Discoveries Begin.

Each year, they accept approximately 12,000 applicants.

Having the chance to work with scientists and engineers could enhance job skills and opportunities for undergraduates. The students work for 10 weeks with other people from different fields on an assigned project.

The following is a list of what sciences a student can apply: Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Education and Human Resources, Engineering, Environmental Research and Education, Geosciences, Integrative Activities, International Science and Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.

NSF states that the assigned project is to, “Provide an integrated strategy to advance frontiers of knowledge, cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce and expand the scientific literacy of all citizens, build the nations research capability through investments in advanced instrumentation and facilities, and support excellence in scientific and engineering research and education through a capable and responsive organization.”

Not only do those accepted to the program get to be part of new discoveries, students will receive FREE room and board, roughly $400.00 for transportation, $5,000 ($500.00 a week) for the 10 weeks of work, with weekends off AND another plus for the resume!

2 selected students from MCC were picked to complete the 10 weeks in Flagstaff, Arizona and both became finalist in the program; one finalist was sent to compete in Puerto Rico, and the other was sent to compete in Swinton, Washington. 4 students from MCC are currently waiting to see if they will be chosen to leave the desert this Summer for a new 10 week adventure.

For more information

Visit Denice in her chemistry classes (130, 151, and 235)

Contact her by email

Call MCC Connect (866)-664-2832 Extension 4429

Or Visit

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Antonina Martorano, Bullhead City Campus Student Blogger