STEM Scholarship Program in Connecticut

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The NViSION program is a scholars/scholarship program that supports academically-talented STEM students. Students enrolled in the NViSION program at NVCC are supported financially, academically, professionally, and socially. Support includes providing scholarships for the first two years at NVCC and access to a variety of STEM workshops, seminars, advising sessions, professional experiences, clubs, field trips, and tutoring services that are tailored specifically to the interests of the students in the program. The goal of the NViSION program is to increase the number of academically-talented STEM students that enter the STEM workforce or continue their education at a Bachelor’s degree-granting institution.

This program is made possible through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more about the grant.
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Apply to the NViSION Program

The NViSION Program is currently seeking applicants for the Fall 2020 semester. Be a part of a unique scholars program for students pursuing a STEM education at NVCC. As an NViSION Scholar, you have the opportunity to develop an academic, professional, social network of peers, STEM faculty, and STEM professionals.

What You'll Receive

Students accepted into the program receive:

  • $1000-$5000 per year for at least the first 2 years of their program
  • Free virtual student orientation
  • Free tutoring
  • All-expense paid university tours and STEM field trips
  • STEM workshops, advising, and counseling
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research, internships, and/or job shadowing

Student Requirements

  • Students must have a GPA of 2.5 with noted accomplishments in STEM courses
  • Must be a US citizen, permanent resident, national, or refugee
  • Have demonstrated financial need as determined per FAFSA
  • Commit to enrolling full-time at NVCC in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics degree programs until completion of the degree and/or transfer to a 4-year college or university
  • Attend an online student orientation before the start of the fall semester

Eligible Majors

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Program Description

For application information email Dr. Rebecca Binney or call her at 203-596-2175.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applications will be accepted until all scholarships are distributed. 



Past Events

Past Events

NViSION Visits Southern Connecticut State University Tour

NViSION Visits Southern Connecticut State University Tour

On November 15th, NViSION scholars toured Southern Connecticut State University. The scholars will given an exclusive tour of the University’s Center for Nanotechnology.
NVCC Hosts “The Real Science of Time Travel” with Dr. Ronald Mallett at the Annual Diversity in STEM Seminar

NVCC Hosts “The Real Science of Time Travel” with Dr. Ronald Mallett at the Annual Diversity in STEM Seminar

On October 23rd, the NViSION program, along with the Scott Lawrence Pond Fund, hosted Dr. Ronald Mallett from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Mallett spoke to students about his research on time travel, his journey to becoming a well-respected author, and the adversities he has faced as a minority in his path to become a well-respected physicist. 
2019 NViSION Summer Bridge Program

2019 NViSION Summer Bridge Program

This past summer, the NViSION scholars participated in a five-week summer bridge program designed to prepare them to succeed academically and socially as college students at NVCC.  The scholars took part in math and English enrichment programs as well as an Introduction to Engineering Technology, a course for which they earned college credit. 
NViSion Students Launch Water Rockets

NViSion Students Launch Water Rockets

Even though not all scholars are hoping to become engineers, Introduction to Engineering Technology fulfills the First Year Experience requirement and included many group projects where they learned to work together. For example, scholars built two water rocket launchers, revising the design until the launching mechanism was perfected.
Build a Battery Learning Experience

Build a Battery Learning Experience

The summer bridge program also gives students the opportunity to engage with STEM faculty. Dr. Justin Moore, Associate Dean of STEM, made batteries to teach the scholars about chemistry.
Pratt and Whitney On-Site Visit

Pratt and Whitney On-Site Visit

The summer bridge program also consisted of several field trips.  For one such field trip, scholars visited Pratt and Whitney to learn about the history of jet engines.
Learning Science In Action

Learning Science In Action

During the five week summer program, students participated in several workshops.  One was a karate workshop with Professor Plaza where they learned how to break boards along with other fun things.
Program Expectations

Program Expectations for NViSION Scholars

  • Students must be enrolled full time in a STEM degree program
  • Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Students must complete the FAFSA every year they are enrolled in the program and maintain their financial aid eligibility
  • Students are expected to participate in the following activities over their two years in the program: 


 Activity Type  Expected Participation Over Your 2 Years  Suggested Activities
Summer Bridge Program
(modified to online Student
Orientation for summer 2020)
  • 100% participation for the summer before your first year
  • Activities marked with a * are also expected the summer after your first year
  • Credit bearing coursework*
  • Transitional Math & English Program
  • Field Trips*
College Opportunities At least 2
  • In-person tour at four-year university
  • Virtual tour of a four-year college/university
  • Virtual tour of a four-year college/university
  • STEM Scholarship Workshop
  • STEM Transfer Fair
Job Placement At least 2
  • STEM Resume Workshop
  • Interviewing Skills for STEM Careers Workshop
  • Technical Workshop
Professional Networking At least 2
  • Annual Women in Science Seminar
  • Annual Minorities in STEM Seminar
  • Overcoming Adversity Workshop
Community Engagement Actively participate in 1 for 2 consecutive semesters
  • STEM Club
  • STEM Competition Group
  • STEM Coach
Social Networking At least 1
  • Botanical Gardens & Bronx Zoo
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Maritime Aquarium
Professional Opportunities At least 1, ideally after completing your first year
  • STEM Internship (6 weeks or longer)
  • STEM Job Shadow (at least 20 hours)
  • STEM Research (6 weeks or longer)


Dr. Rebecca Stadel Binney, PI
Associate Professor of Biology
Science Department Chair
203-596-2175 (p)
Room: Ekstrom Hall E404
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
Mariangeli Zerbi, Nivision co-PI
Associate Professor of Mathematics
203-596-8630 (p)
Room: Ekstrom Hall E404
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
Dr. Peter Angelastro, NViSION co-PI
Associate Professor of Biology
203-575-8185 (p)
Room: Ekstrom Hall E521
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
Dr. H. Justin Moore, co-PI, Budget Compliance Officer
Associate Dean, STEM
203-596-8690 (p)
Room: Ekstrom Hall E411
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
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