On October 20, 2016 the Student Development and Enrollment Service (SDES) TRiO Center held the first annual TRiO Around the World event to coincide with Diversity Week at UCF. The event celebrated the cultures, history, and games of each continent around the globe and was supported by a Diversity Action Grant from the Office of Diversity Initiatives.
Students received passports and were escorted to each of the continents by their “flight attendants” (student staff members). At each continent station students learned unique facts about the country, their languages, points of pride, and food. Then they participated in a cultural immersion experience by playing the game of that country. Whether it was “Hot Potato” in Europe or “Tiu-u” with dominos in Asia, students engaged with the culture, learned together, and had fun. Over 30 students attend the event and many have already asked about offering it again. TRiO Around the World celebrated diversity in an accessible way that engaged students in learning about the cultures of our world.
The SDES TRiO Center is home to two Student Support Services (SSS) grants that serve first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities at UCF. PRIME STEM serves 124 STEM majors and Project BEST serves 144 students in any major. Through wrap-around support services for participants, both programs aim to impact the academic and personal success of students at UCF. Additionally, in Fall 2016 the TRiO Center was awarded two Educational Talent Search (ETS) grants to serve expected first-generation, low-income, and at-risk students to build a pipeline to college starting in middle school.
Read about the STEM Career Academy, the upcoming Welcome Back Orientation and much more.
The newsletter includes information about upcoming events and workshops, important dates, a college spotlight, a TRiO Tutor Tip and a TRiO Student Spotlight.
Want to learn more about PRIME STEM and Project BEST? We would like to invite you to an Information Session where we will introduce you to our programs and services, go over the application process, and answer questions you may have. Parents/guardians are welcome to attend.
Attend one of our upcoming information sessions:
March 30, 2016, 4:45 PM in Teaching Academy 201
April 13, 2016, 4:45 PM in Teaching Academy 201
The application is attached.
The newsletter includes information about upcoming workshops, a TRiO Tutor Tip, From the Peer Mentor Corner, Student Celebrations, a TRiO Student Spotlight and information about internship opportunities.
PRIME STEM and Project BEST scholars and staff recently participated in the annual TRiO Center Open House and National TRiO Day of Service.
The University of Central Florida has earned $2.2 million in grants to help first-generation and at-risk students pursuing STEM and other fields succeed in college.
PRIME STEM/Student Support Services (TRiO) scholar, Michelle Otero, has been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State to study abroad Spring 2016 in Spain. She is one of approximately 800 undergraduate students from 355 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious scholarship. Otero is a senior majoring in aerospace and mechanical engineering.
Do you know a Student who may qualify for our program?
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Can you provide a Research or Internship experience?
The SDES TRiO Center houses two federal Student Support Services (SSS) grant programs aimed at the retention and graduation of students who are first-generation, demonstrate a financial need, and/or have a documented disability. The programs are (1) PRIME STEM- focused on students with a declared STEM major including the Health Sciences and (2) Project BEST- which is open to all majors. Both programs provide opportunities for academic and professional development, individualized coaching and mentoring, tutoring, and support for applying for financial aid and graduate/professional school.
Currently both programs are recruiting participants. Please share the attached flyer with any students who may be interested. We are also looking for faculty who are willing to mentor students or provide research or internship opportunities and on-campus offices who are interested in partnering to support our services to students.
PRIME STEM/Student Support Services is excited to announce that the program has graduated more than 75 scholars since 2010.