Programs & Opportunities
For High School Student
K-12 Visiting Scientists
Learning is an active process and the K-12 Visiting Scientists Program allows young students to experience the topic at hand and meet and interact with practicing professionals. We know these techniques make learning more real, more interesting and more grounded.
The Montclair State University Upward Bound Project (UB) delivers educational opportunities for currently enrolled high school students, who come from low level income families and/or who are potential first-generation college bound. UB provides fundamental support for participants to succeed in their current level of education as well as preparing them in their pursuit of higher education.
Emphasis is made on the adolescent as a whole, by offering additional support via tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment activities/trips, work-study, financial literacy and personal development.
Weston Science Scholars
The Weston Science Scholars Program, now in its 10th year, offers specially selected ninth, tenth and eleventh graders from Montclair High School the opportunity to learn science "by doing science". The program recognizes high achieving students with significant potential in science, mathematics and related fields.
For CSAM Students
The Health Careers Program (HCP), funded jointly by MSU and the NJ Educational Opportunity Fund, is an undergraduate program that prepares highly motivated and academically capable students from financially and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity for admission to health professions schools and careers in the sciences. The goals and objectives are achieved through a balance of formal course work, comprehensive supportive services such as tutorials, collaborative learning and recitation sessions, peer mentoring, academic advisement, individual and group counseling, lectures series, field trips and financial assistance. Students are provided a variety of experiences in the health professions including preceptorships, summer externships, research and other field experiences.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
The National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program aims to foster success in science and mathematics by minority students in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The Garden State LSAMP program, led by Rutgers-Newark, has three clusters of participating colleges and universities in New Jersey. The College of Science and Mathematics maintains a leadership role in the Garden State-LSAMP program. Montclair State University is the "hub" of the program's northern cluster.
Noyce Programs at Montclair
The Montclair State University Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is dedicated to recruiting, preparing, and supporting new science teachers for New Jersey's high-need K-12 school districts. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and offers two years of scholarships equal to the amount of New Jersey in-state tuition and fees, as well as an annual stipend of $3000 to undergraduate chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology majors admitted into the MSU Teacher Education Program.
Noyce at Montclair: Preparing the Effective Elementary Mathematics Teacher (PE2MT), is a Capacity Building project designed to increase the number of elementary teachers with extraordinary preparation for teaching mathematics.
This program is open for the following majors: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, Environmental Sciences, and related degrees (BA or BS). Non-majors attend a Bridge/Transition Year (Year 0) (click to view sample; this is for non majors only) prior to continuing into the M.S. course work. Students can view the Program of Study for the MS programs.
Phage Genomics Program
The Department of Biology offers freshman students an innovative program in bacteriophage genomics research funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The Phage Genomics Program courses are team-taught by Drs. Sandra Adams, Kirsten-Monsen-Collar and Quinn Vega.
Science Honors Innovation Program (SHIP)
The Science Honors Innovation Program (SHIP) is an intensive, research oriented two year honors program for CSAM students in the junior and senior years. SHIP students will benefit from a research experience that is not usually open to undergraduates by working closely with CSAM faculty and their colleagues, participating in seminars, workshops and conferences and by presenting and publishing their research. SHIP is the ideal preparation for a PhD program and a successful career in the sciences.
Students 2 Science Volunteer Program
- Mentor - The Program Mentor acts as a coach for the purpose of inspiring, motivating, and educating the students. They answer student questions about the professional work environment. Staying with the same group of students throughout the day, and throughout each of the three visits during the school year, the Mentor is an ambassador for our sponsor corporations. They make themselves available to answer questions about the career application of the laboratory techniques being used and ensure safety of the students. Hours – 8:15am to 2:30pm on days when students are present.
- Lab Assistant - The Lab Assistant helps students in following procedures, performing calculations, using instrumentation, and offers recommendations to instructor (after students have completed the program) for modifying experimental procedures. Lab Assistants ensure safety of the students by monitoring student activities. Hours are 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on days when students are present.
- Instructor - The Instructor is a subject matter expert who instructs students as they conduct each experiment. Staying at the same experimental station throughout the day, the Program Instructor provides information in a clear and concise manner, helping to reduce the intimidation often associated with laboratory work. They generate confidence and enthusiasm for the scientific technique being used and ensure safety by instructing students. Hours are 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on days when students are present.
- V-Lab Volunteers - V-Lab volunteers act as classroom mentors (1-2 volunteers per classroom) and assist with live experiments as Students 2 Science simultaneously broadcasts the lesson from our Technology Center. Training is provided and “How-to Videos” are available for each session. Each mentor helps the classroom instructor set up the experiments, assists students as needed, and helps clean up after experiments are completed. Mentors have the opportunity to share their experiences about their organization as well as describing their college and career paths. Hours – Sessions are typically run during a normal school day between 8:15am to 3:00pm. Each session requires a commitment of 1-2 hours.
Contact Cyndi Roberson, Director of Corporate Relations at (973) 947-4880 ext. 516 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for opportunities. Volunteers are asked to commit at least 2-3 weeks in advance. Learn more about Students 2 Science on their website
For Alumni and Professionals
Continuing Environmental Education for Professionals
Continuing Environmental Education for Professionals (CEEP) is an initiative of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) at Montclair State University. Designed to meet the demand for environmental continuing education courses in northern New Jersey, CSAM will be offering Continuing Education credit-bearing courses for LSRPs, environmental attorneys as well as an array of programs designed for the larger environmental community.
The College of Science and Mathematics is home to over 100 professors from top-tier colleges and universities around the world. Our faculty, who span five disciplinary departments, bring an unmatched commitment to scholarship, research, mentorship and classroom excellence. In an effort to advance the sharing of research, a number of our research-active faculty make themselves available each year in the Seminar Exchange Program to speak on a broad range of research topics of interest to their counterparts at many of the area’s leading academic institutions.
Wipro SEF Program
The Wipro SEF Program looks to improve science education in New Jersey schools, a team of five Montclair State faculty members will implement a five-year project starting in 2013 that will train science teachers and support scientific research in the classroom.