Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) Invites you to the 27th Annual HENAAC Conference which will convene thousands of individuals from the entire STEM education and workforce sector. Join us in Pasadena, CA October 14-18, 2015 where we will celebrate the incredible technical achievements of our nation’s top engineering and science talent! As the nation’s most prestigious stage for honoring excellence and building and reinforcing networks, the HENAAC Conference is the place where thousands of the finest minds from top executives and innovative professionals, to the brightest STEM students convene.

As a non‐membership organization, GMiS draws a diversity of high caliber STEM students, from a broad array of institutions, including top‐ranked U.S. News & World Report institutions, Research I Institutions, Minority‐Serving Institutions, and 2‐year colleges. The HENAAC Conference continues to be a competitive recruiting forum for STEM diversity.

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Career Fair Flyer

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Program Overview

STEM Advantage launched our program at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in 2012. The STEM Advantage program is comprised of a paid internship, mentorship and scholarship. This 360-degree approach combines experiential, financial and directional support, and is designed to provide the support needed to keep promising scholars in a STEM program, including skills and work experience that will assist them in landing their first position after graduation, plus graduate with less student debt. To date we have selected nearly 50 STEM Advantage Scholars.

STEM Advantage Scholar benefits

  • Gain relevant and practical work experience through paid internships at leading companies
  • Build technical skills
  • Develop communication, problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking skills
  • Receive a one-on-one mentor to support both personal and professional growth
  • Receive a $5000 scholarship to graduate with less student debt
  • Build confidence, knowledge and experience to help realize your dreams and potential

STEM Advantage Brochure

Dominique Dalanni, Computer Science Major

Dominique Dalanni, Computer Science Major

With more than two years of sobriety behind her, and with a little help from the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) computer science major Dominique Dalanni looks forward to continuing her successful college education, and reconnecting with her 7-year-old son.

The Trustees’ Award is bestowed on students—one from each of the 23 California State University campuses—who have overcome tremendous challenges in pursuit of their college degree and demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service, and financial need.

“Throughout my late teens and early 20s, I struggled with addiction and everything that comes with a problem like that, including legal trouble. I am now proud to say that in the two and a half years since I began my sobriety I have accomplished many different goals that have definitely had a positive impact on my life,” said Dalanni, who successfully completed a six-month drug and alcohol outpatient recovery program in October 2013.

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EdisonStemCaifornia State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) computer science majors Dominique Dalanni and Gary Walker join chemistry major Alice Heng as recipients of the 2015 Edison STEM Scholarship, which helps low-income students and women studying in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields offset the high cost of attending college.

Since 2009, Edison International has given almost $56 million to education programs to help minority, low-income and underrepresented students excel in the STEM fields. As one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the Western United States, the vast majority of CSUDH’s students come from the precise communities the scholarship was designed to help support.

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A delegation of Computer Science Students attended the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, October 3-6. Computer Science student Samori Price gave a poster presentation on “The Feasibility of Using Java Real-Time as the Execution Code for an AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle)”.

Back Row (L-R): Dr. Jack Han, Chaz Johnson, Matthew Roesger, Boian Kolev, Samori Price, Dr. Mohsen Beheshti Front Row (L-R): Reymarie Calazan, Rosalie Tallud, Amber Cosgrove

Back Row (L-R): Dr. Jack Han, Chaz Johnson, Matthew Roesger, Boian Kolev, Samori Price, Dr. Mohsen Beheshti
Front Row (L-R): Reymarie Calazan, Rosalie Tallud, Amber Cosgrove