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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.

Apply to the NViSION Program

The NViSION Program is currently seeking applicants for the Fall 2022 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, and social network of peers, STEM faculty, and STEM professionals.  Apply today!


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 Summer Bridge Program first 3 weeks of August
  • 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

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. 

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Community STEM Festival

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Community STEM Festival

On Saturday April 30th, 2022,  the NViSION Program, the NVCC STEM Club, and the Pond’s Memorial Fund hosted the 2nd Annual STEM Festival on the NVCC campus.  An estimated 600 to 800 people attended the afternoon's festivities and enjoyed a fabulous afternoon learning about...

Naugatuck Valley Community College NVision Student Writes an Inspiring Success Story

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Naugatuck Valley Community College NVision Student Writes an Inspiring Success Story

Pedro Arias Matos is an NVCC NViSION Scholar who graduated this January with an Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Computer Science Studies with a 4.0 GPA. Pedro started at NVCC in ESL courses in the fall of 2017, and by the fall of 2020, he was accepted to the Computer Science Honors program at...

Naugatuck Valley Community College Welcomes NVision Students Back to Campus for Spring Semester

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Naugatuck Valley Community College Welcomes NVision Students Back to Campus for Spring Semester

NVCC CEO Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D., college administration, faculty and staff welcomed 23 students to the start of the spring semester NViSION program in a campus and virtual event

Naugatuck Valley Community College NViSION Students Celebrate Success

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Naugatuck Valley Community College NViSION Students Celebrate Success

 As the 2020-2021 academic year came to a close, Naugatuck Valley Community College celebrated student success through a robust calendar of events that highlighted achievement and excellence while promising bright futures. Students in the Science, Technology,...

Naugatuck Valley Community College NVISION Program Hosts End of Summer Celebration to Introduce New Scholars

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Naugatuck Valley Community College NVISION Program Hosts End of Summer Celebration to Introduce New Scholars

Seventeen new scholars of NVCC’s NViSION program joined a festive celebration to close the summer season and welcome a new academic year.

NVCC Hosted 2021 Annual Diversity in STEM Seminar with Zackarie Lemelle

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NVCC Hosted 2021 Annual Diversity in STEM Seminar with Zackarie Lemelle

For students considering an education or career in Science, Technolgy, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), NVCC hosted their Annual Diversity in STEM Seminar. Zackarie Lemelle, President & CEO of New Hope Coaching & Consulting,  spoke to students about his...
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Past Events

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STEM Festival 2022

STEM Festival 2022

Spring '21 Semester Welcome

Spring '21 Semester Welcome

On January 21,  2021 we celebrated the start of the Spring semester and welcomed five new scholars to the program.  We had a fun time playing STEM Pictionary and getting to know one another.  
Diversity in STEM Seminar

Diversity in STEM Seminar

Diversity in STEM Seminar was held on November 18, 2020, via WebEx.  The speaker, TJ Pruitt, is an Engineering Supervisor at Alabama Power Company. TJ Pruitt shared his career path with us, with its challenges as an electrical engineer and manager. 
ASML Engineers Virtual Meeting

ASML Engineers Virtual Meeting

On December 1, 2020, the NViSION program hosted a virtual meeting with ASML engineers.  ASML is the largest supplier in the world of photolithography systems for semiconductor industry.  The engineers talked about their career journeys and the work done at ASML in Wilton, CT and around the world.
Summer Orientation 2020

Summer Orientation 2020

Summer Orientation 2020 was a one-week affair in the midst of the pandemic for the new incoming scholars on August 17, 2020.  The scholars were introduced to the resources they would need in the virtual environment so they could hit the virtual ground running.  On the first day, we met on-ground for in-person introductions.
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.
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. 
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. 
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.
CCSU Field Trip Fall 2021

CCSU Field Trip Fall 2021

NViSION scholars visited Central Connecticut State University to learn more about STEM programs offered and to explore transfer opportunities.
2021 Summer Bridge Solar Car

2021 Summer Bridge Solar Car

Students designed and built solar cars and raced them in our 2021 Summer Bridge program! 
Scholarships Southern Connecticut State University

Scholarships Southern Connecticut State University

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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: 

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 Activity Type  Expected Participation Over Your 2 Years  Suggested Activities
Free Summer Bridge Program

starting August 1, 2022

  • 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 Diversity 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)

Contacts

Dr. Rebecca Stadel Binney, PI
Professor of Biology
rbinney@nv.edu
203-596-2175 (p)
Room: Ekstrom Hall E404
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
Mariangeli Zerbi, Nivision co-PI
Professor of Mathematics
mzerbi@nv.edu
203-596-8630 (p)
Room: Ekstrom Hall E404
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
Dr. Peter Angelastro, NViSION co-PI
Professor of Biology
pangelastro@nv.edu
203-575-8185 (p)
Room: Ekstrom Hall E521
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
Dr. H. Justin Moore, co-PI, Budget Compliance Officer
Interim Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean, STEM
hmoore@nv.edu
203-596-8690 (p)
Room: Ekstrom Hall E411
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
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