STEM Academy

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Berkshire Bank STEM Academy

Apply for 2017 STEM Academy here!

The STEM Academy is a five-day program that will introduce incoming freshmen to careers in STEM areas, build connections to other STEM students, faculty, and staff. Our primary goal is to provide students with a foundation as they start their academic career at MCLA, and assist them on their way to earning undergraduate degrees in STEM areas.

Students holding a Welcome STEM sign

The Academy accepts up to 20 incoming freshmen who are enrolled in a STEM major or have expressed interest in STEM fields. The program is open to all students. Low-income, first-generation college students, women, and racial/ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


The dates for the 2017 STEM Academy are July 30th - August 3rd.

STEM Academy Video from 2015

Comments from Academy Participants!

"I feel like I'm going into the college year prepared for what is to come, especially in terms of academic rigor and time management. I learned a lot and met so many wonderful people." - Jeff, Class of 2017

"Thank you for such a great experience at STEM. My family and I truly value all the preparation that took place in order for the program to be as successful as it was." - Shelby, Class of 2017

"Thank you again for the wonderful opportunity of attending the STEM Academy. It was awesome!" - Jess, Class of 2017 

Program goals include:

  • Enhance college readiness (especially in mathematics)
  • Familiarize students with campus life
  • Gain knowledge on STEM-related careers, and network with local professionals
  • Learn skills to prepare for college success


For more information:

Please contact Dr. Carolyn Dehner, assistant professor of Chemistry and co-director of the STEM Academy:

telephone: (413) 662-5177