NSF APM Program Due Date has been extended to September 19

Sep 6, 2017

Applying to Fall 2017 HCC AMP Program

Overview

The West Houston Center for Science and Engineering and the Houston Community College – NW is pleased to announce the opportunity for HCC science, engineering and technology-focused students to apply for acceptance into the HCC-AMP Scholars program.

The HCC-AMP Scholars program recruits students who are recognized for excellence in academic coursework and their continued motivation to complete their undergraduate degree and pursue graduate education or move into the science, engineering or technology workforce.

HCC AMP Scholars receive a stipend in exchange for participating in a wide range of science and engineering activities, including providing services related to your field of study, such as:

  • Mentoring and tutoring HCC students or middle/high school students
  • Participating in research activities with West Houston Center Director in materials science topics (energy critical elements, rare earth elements, energy sustainability, corrosion studies) or university research faculty in a wide range of research projects, and
  • Receive priority consideration for additional scholarships, programs and  summer research experiences at regional universities.

 

The HCC-AMP Scholars program recruits students who are recognized for excellence in academic coursework and their continued motivation to complete their undergraduate degree and pursue graduate education or move into the science, engineering or technology workforce.
HCC AMP Scholars receive a stipend in exchange for participating in a wide range of science and engineering activities, including providing services related to your field of study, such as

  1. Mentoring and tutoring HCC students or middle/high school students
  2. Participating in research activities with West Houston Center Director in materials science topics (energy critical elements, rare earth elements, energy sustainability, corrosion studies) or university research faculty in a wide range of research projects, and
  3. Additional opportunities may include internships with local engineering and energy companies on a case-by-case basis and depending upon availability.
The HCC AMP program is open to students who are United States citizens or permanent residents and has a special focus to reach out to students from underrepresented minority populations and women.
 
The HCC AMP program provides a definitive pathway and opportunity for HCC students to obtain their bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics from one of the AMP Alliance partner universities (University of Houston – Central, Downtown and Clear Lake, Texas Southern University, and Texas State University).
 
HCC students who are selected as HCC AMP Scholars and transfer to one of the partner universities are able to transition into similar AMP programs and scholarship/stipend programs at each of the partner institutions. For further information on transfer and AMP programs, each student will have the opportunity to talk with university representatives while a member of the HCC AMP program.
HCC students accepted into the AMP program will be notified on or about July 15 and will be invited to attend the AMP kick-off meeting in early August. Details will be provided with AMP acceptance letters in July.
 
HCC AMP Scholars:
  • Receive a stipend, which generally ranges from $750 to $1,000 each semester (HCC AMP Scholars must reapply for continuation in the program each semester),
  • Participate in various activities, such as seminars and tours of research labs at the University of Houston, Rice University and NASA-JSC,
  • Meet with transfer advisors and AMP staff from:
    • University of Houston (Central, Downtown and Clear Lake),
    • Texas Southern University, and
    • Texas State University,
  • Receive priority consideration for additional scholarships, programs and summer research experiences at regional universities.
The Details
What are the Expectations for HCC AMP Scholars?
  • You must have every intention of graduating from one of the participating universities or another university within five years, with a baccalaureate degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
  • Attend all assigned workshop sessions and to participate actively in program activities.
  • Participate in approximately thirty-five (35) of community service or a related STEM activity during each semester
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident at time of application
  • Meet with the WHC Director and HCC advisors to develop your degree plan at HCC and university transfer plan.
  • It is strongly recommended that you work no more than 15 hours per week in a job unrelated to your field of study.
  • As an HCC AMP Scholars you must be in good academic standing, remain a full time student and maintain your GPA (minimum of 2/5/4.0).
Eligibility Requirements
First-time-HCC Students Must:
  • Be a United States Citizen or permanent resident and submit a completed application
  • Submit an essay describing your career goal(s), reasons for choosing that career, what you have accomplished to date to prepare yourself for your career, and how your participation in the program will advance your personal and professional goals.
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation from your teachers, faculty or people who can speak to your motivation and career goals.
  • Completed at least three (3) years of state core science courses.
  • Preferably completed mathematics courses through pre-calculus.
  • Rank in the top 25% of your high school graduating class courses.
  • Preferably have SAT math ≥ 450, SAT Verbal ≥ 450, or ACT math ≥ 19, ACT verbal ≥ 19.
  • Have a “B” average in your math and science courses.
Currently Enrolled Students Must:
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident and have declared a STEM major.
  • Maintain full-time student status (12 or more semester credit hours) and remain in good academic standing at HCC.
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation from university or college science, technology, engineering, or mathematics instructors
  • Complete all courses with a GPA ≥ 2.5 with no grades below a “B” in mathematics and science courses.
  • Eligibility and/or number of openings each semester is subject to change.
  • Acceptance into the program is based upon funding availability and committee review.

For Information and Contact Information
Mr. Bartlett M. Sheinberg
Center Director
West Houston Center for Science and Engineering

2811 Hayes Road
Suite A.408
MC 1524HHouston, TX 77082 (713) 718-5617
bart.sheinberg@hccs.edu


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