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Student Publications

Estrella Mountain Community College students have been afforded the opportunity to be published authors.  Such is the case in MAT298AC – Independent Study, where students performed analyses on data previously collected from observing the stars.  This research was published online in the Journal of Double Star Observations.  These students presented a poster at the 2011 Symposium on Telescope Science in Big Bear Lake, California. The conference was hosted by the Society for Astronomical Science.

Students in PSY290 – Research Methods are required to conduct research projects that lead to publication in a student research journal published by Estrella Mountain psychology faculty. The journal is in its seventh year, and 105 students have participated thus far.

Mariposa Literary Review

The Mariposa Literary Review provides an outlet for the creative voices of students. Every year, there are approximately 100 submissions in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Student work is assessed via a rubric by the Mariposa Committee, and the top student works are published in the annual literary review.

EMCC Visual Exhibition Program

Estrella Mountain Community College’s Visual Exhibition Program places juried student and traveling art exhibitions throughout the College to provide students, faculty, staff, and visitors the opportunity to encounter and learn from diverse artwork. Operating for more than 10 years, the program was awarded the District’s Diversity Advisory Council Award of Excellence for its commitment to presenting diverse cultural perspectives and for promoting cross-cultural understanding through visual art.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholars

Estrella Mountain has received two NSF grants geared toward students in STEM fields:

  • S-STEM (ESP), the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarships (Emerging Scholars Program), seeks to recruit financially needy students interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, especially those from underrepresented groups
  • S-STEP, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program, seeks to recruit and retain students interested in the fields of science, computer science, computer technology, engineering, engineering technology, and mathematics, especially those from underrepresented groups

The S-STEM grant amount was $482,213, from October 2006 to September 2011. For the S-STEM grant, the College received a no-cost extension of an additional year (2010-2011) to expend the leftover monies of the grant. The STEP grant amount was $399,996, from September 2007 to August 2011.  

The number of students who have been served by the grants:

  • Fall 2007 – STEP had 22 students and ESP had 15 students
  • Fall 2008 – STEP had 25 students and ESP had 19 students
  • Fall 2009 – STEP had 52 students and ESP had 28 students
  • Fall 2010 – STEP had 41 students and ESP had 30 students

The grants have provided numerous opportunities to support student learning.  Faculty mentors under both programs meet regularly with scholarship recipients.  Faculty mentors support student success by:

  • Addressing the academic challenges, which often limit participation in STEM degree programs
  • Directing students in how to apply for internships
  • Teaching students how to write letters and résumés
  • Helping students apply for internships and research opportunities, or transfer to university
  • Checking on student progress in course work 

A total of 13 faculty mentors each work directly with six to seven student mentees. The faculty mentor component of each grant has improved student-faculty engagement and promoted more interaction between STEM students and faculty college-wide. The grants have enabled the learning environment to be expanded beyond the Arizona border. Students have visited institutions and facilities and have attended conferences in New Mexico, Illinois and California.