STEM Academy

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Berkshire Bank STEM Academy

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.

 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

STEM Academy Video from 2015


Student Experiences

Student discussion
"So many opportunities came for me because of the STEM program. I value every experience and every memory that came from my summer with STEM." - Shannon, Class of 2020
Shannon, Class of 2020


Dr. Sara Steele
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the STEM Academy
Phone: (413) 662-5518