UST/HCC STEM Research Program

STEM Research Program is a joint effort between University of St. Thomas (UST) and Houston Community College (HCC).
The goal is to encourage students to get professional research experience and develop presentation skills.

Program details

The Program

HCC System-wide STEM Research Program is for full-time/adjunct faculty, and students.

It involves a partnership between University of St. Thomas and HCC.

The goal of this program is to give system-wide HCC faculty and students an opportunity to experience professional scientific research in the fields of chemistry, biology, physics, environmental science and math.

During each academic year, eight cohorts are formed. Each cohort consists of one UST faculty, two HCC faculty, two UST students and two-three HCC students - a total of seven-eight researchers in each team.

The Recruitment Process

The entire selection process for year takes place in July – September.

The list of research topics and applications for faculty and students is posted in July and August respectively.

Faculty applications are reviewed by HCC/UST Program Directors and Coordinators, and the selected faculty are matched with UST faculty.

Once faculty have been selected, student applications are made available. Each HCC faculty selected for the program helps in recruiting 2-3 HCC students for each cohort to participate in the program.

All team members must attend a mandatory orientation workshop on first Friday of October to receive the details of the program and complete the initial paperwork.

The Policies

The established research teams conduct research at UST campus or at UST and HCC campuses depending upon the facilities and the equipment needed for each project.

Faculty and students decide on their weekly schedule, commit to working together and complete the research.
All the team members complete the paperwork and maintain a record of all scientific data and time spent.

Each team is also expected to submit a two page research synopsis and progress report due on Feb. 1st and May 1st.

The year concludes with a mandatory poster preparation and presentation by the faculty and the students at the symposium hosted by UST and HCC in September.

If the project qualifies, faculty and students may also get a chance to make research presentation at symposia and conferences, and publish in renowned scientific journals.

Each faculty and student is paid a fellowship stipend of $ 6,000 for their time and efforts after completion of the project.