Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
As Vice President and Provost of the Collegewide STEM Unit and the Germantown Campus at Montgomery College, I am delighted to welcome you to the STEM Unit. Our unit offers degrees and certificates in physics, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, cybersecurity, information systems, engineering, mathematics, life science, environmental science and policy, biology, and biotechnology.
STEM programs lead to some of the most interesting, in-demand, and well-paying jobs and careers in the county and in the world. Students who complete STEM programs enter the workforce upon completion or transfer to four-year colleges or universities to complete the last two years of their undergraduate degree.
Montgomery College has transfer agreements with many four-year schools to ensure that the coursework you have completed counts toward your bachelor's degree and prepares you to continue your studies.
Not all STEM jobs require a four-year degree, however. With Montgomery College's certificate programs, such as those in biotechnology and cybersecurity, you can obtain certification to pursue in-demand jobs in Montgomery County and the surrounding area.
Initiatives, Grants, and Special Programs
- STEM Scholarships: There are a variety of scholarships and grants available for STEM majors.
- STEM Internships: Students may apply for an internship or a research experiences for undergraduates (REU) to gain valuable experience in their field of study.
- STEM Learning Assistant Program: Learning assistants are students who are paid to work with a faculty mentor assisting in a STEM classroom or laboratory.
- Spectrum Lecture Series: A science-oriented lecture series aimed at a non-scientific audience.
- K-12 STEM: Many young students begin to develop interest in STEM before they start college. There are many activities and programs that are available to young students with an interest in STEM.
- Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES): The overall goal of this three-year initiative is to increase the learning outcomes and retention of students historically underrepresented in the computer/information sciences and related STEM disciplines.
- STEM Transfer Student Success Initiativenew window: This program supports STEM students in making a successful transition to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
- Community Colleges Collaborating in STEM (C3STEM): This program, in partnership with Mount St. Mary's University, provides scholarships and support to STEM majors who transfer from either Montgomery College or Frederick Community College to complete their bachelor's degree.
- BIOTrainnew window: This partnership, led by Montgomery College, brings together biotechnology companies, government entities, and nonprofits to shape a technical workforce that is ready for today and tomorrow.
- Sonya Kovalesky Program: This program seeks to increase girls’ interest, confidence and competence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
- Maryland Science Bowl: The winner of this regional competition for high school students advances to compete in the National Science Bowl.
Who We Are
Office Location: Germantown Campus, BE 101
Dr. Richard Cerkovnik has worked in industry as a Quality Control manager in the carbide sector before assuming teaching and administration duties in the community college system, where he has worked for 26 years.
During this time he has taught physics, chemistry, physical science, Earth and space science, and industrial science classes, and has served 11 years, as chair/head of a physical sciences department.
He is currently the Director of the Interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (iSTEM) initiative at Montgomery College. Rich has extensive experience in a variety of STEM disciplines, STEM program development and articulation, instructional technology, grant work, workforce development, teacher preparation and development, K12 outreach, on-line instruction, and educational research.
He has a B.S degree in Chemical Engineering, a M.S. degree in Physics, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Cerkovnik led, as Executive Director, the National STEM Consortium in its start-up phase of a $20 M USDOL TAACCCT grant which developed 1-year certificates in technician pathways connected to workforce needs.
- Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science, Milton Nash, Collegewide Dean
- Darren Smith, Chair, Germantown Mathematics Department
- Ben Nicholson, Chair, Rockville Mathematics Department
- Kim Fouche, Acting Chair, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Mathematics Department
- Science, Engineering, and Technology, Muhammad Kehnemouyi, Collegewide Dean
- Alla Webb, Acting Chair, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Networking Department, Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring
- Nawal Benmouna, Chair, Rockville Engineering, Physical and Computer Science Department
- Chemical and Biological Sciences, Jim Sniezek, Collegewide Dean
- Jennifer Capparella, Chair, Germantown Biology, Biotechnology, and Chemistry Department
- K. Rebecca Thomas, Chair, Rockville Biology Department
- Laura Anna, Chair, Rockville Chemistry Department
- Valerie Lantz, Chair, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Biology/Chemistry Department
Other Academic Units
- Arts, Business, Education, English, and Social Sciences (ABEESS)
- Communications, Health Sciences, Health and Physical Education, and Humanities (CHSHPEH)
- Applied Technologies, Gudelsky Institute, Workforce Development and Continuing Education (ATGITEWDCE)