St. Thomas University has established the Science and Mathematics Fellows Program, especially for Hispanics and other minorities, in response to the current shortage of minorities in the sciences. The program admits all qualified students, either as freshmen, or those who transfer with an associate degree. The Fellows study in cohorts, working toward a degree in biology, chemistry or mathematics.

Biology Degree Scholarship

Qualified students receive academic scholarships and financial aid. The program is research-based, and each fellow receives advisement, mentoring and tutoring (if needed).

The Fellows study in our new state-of-the-art science building, The Carnival Cruise Lines Science and Technology Building at St. Thomas University, which is a research-class facility.

Engage in Research with Our Faculty

The Fellows have the opportunity to work directly with faculty members and conduct publishable forefront research. Our innovative program guarantees undergraduate research to qualified students. For students, especially minority students, early exposure to hands-on involvement in current scientific research is critical to their development as scientists, for several reasons:
  • First, it provides an experience unlike anything that they realize inside a classroom, as they encounter the excitement of discovery first-hand from a new vantage point. Students learn the time, effort and dedication needed to succeed in a scientific career —lessons that are crucial to ensure their success in graduate and professional schools. Conducting research requires them to develop thinking skills that put them squarely in the middle of the scientific process of discovering the unknown, of asking new questions, of finding new answers, and of wondering if their own answers are correct!
  • Second, the undergraduate research experience creates and opens new doors for our students. The combination of STU research experience, additional summer research experience, and STU’s traditional academic preparation makes our students far more desirable candidates for obtaining summer research experiences at other universities, and for admission to graduate and professional schools. It also makes them far more likely to succeed in graduate school and beyond. Students with previous experience and knowledge are always more desirable to the supervising scientist. Several of our students have already had success obtaining summer research positions, in places such as: Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, New Mexico Tech and Baylor College of Medicine.
  • Third, by conducting research as undergraduates, minority students begin penetrating some common cultural barriers to their success in the sciences at an early stage in their careers. This barrier is quickly destroyed as students see themselves in the same role as a scientist by working side by side with one.

Current Research Projects Include

  • The effect of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans on axon growth in adult zebra fish primary brainstem neuron cultures.
  • Understanding the regeneration response of zebra fish central nervous system axons after injury.
  • Drug discovery with medicinal plants and plant-derived compounds and their effect on cancer.
  • Preserving genetic variability in cacao, avocado and sugarcane using plant tissue culture techniques.
  • Micropropagation of Florida Endangered Plant species and the use of molecular markers to assess genetic variability.
  • Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics and dynamical systems for mathematical modeling of respiratory disorders (asthma and COPD) and its connection to the immune response to environmental triggers in South Florida.
  • Application of Advanced Weather, Research and Forecasting (WRF) community modeling tool to study the relationship between air quality (atmospheric chemistry) and weather variability (atmospheric physics).
  • Developing hydrogen generators to produce electricity using fuel cell technologies.
  • Designing and constructing diffractive holographic elements for use as solar concentrators.

Modern Research Science Facilities
  • The facility is fully equipped to accommodate teaching laboratory classes and research in:
  • Aquatic Habitat research facility
  • Biology Fluorescent microscopes, PCR, electrophoresis, analytical balances, fume hoods, human anatomy/physiology models, plant growth environment, aquatic habitats, student computer based experimental design and performance
  • Environmental temperature and humidity controlled environments
  • Microbiology Microscopy support core, histological core
  • Chemistry Perkin Elmer mass spectrometer, UV/IR
  • Physics (conductive spheres, electroconductivity equipment, Coulomb's Law apparatus, electrical current measurement, photometers, laser, gravitational torsion and thermal heat equipment)

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