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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.



STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math 


Application to the 2014 STEM Academy 

You have one of two ways to ways to apply.

1. An online application is available here.

2. You can download the application.

Completed applications should be sent to:

Dr. Chris Himes
Center for Science and Innovation
375 Church St
North Adams, MA

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.

Comments from 2013 Academy Participants!

"I feel like I'm going into the college year prepared for what is to come. I learned a lot and met so many wonderful people."

"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

  •  Learn skills to prepare for college success