Academy of Math and Science

The Normandale Academy of Math and Science (AMS) is a two-year holistic student development and scholarship program for students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as for students in the Normandale Teacher Education (EdTrAc) program who intend to become a secondary STEM educator.

The mission of the Academy is to:

  • Leverage the strength of Normandale Community College in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and teacher education;
  • Encourage students to explore STEM careers, including careers in medicine, pharmacy, vacuum and thin film technology, and careers as secondary STEM teachers and educators;
  • Provide support for students with an interest in STEM fields or an aptitude for math and science;
  • Provide a total commitment to each student's success;
  • Demonstrate tangible, measurable results.

This scholarship and student support program provides student participants with the following keys to success:

  • A tuition scholarship for each cohort member, based on financial need, and other aid received, to offset the cost of attending Normandale full time;
  • An advisor to provide academic and personal support, mentoring, tutoring, and academic and student service coordination;
  • A cohort, or group of students, for peer support and participation in a learning community;
  • A student and professional success skills development series (curriculum) that includes modules on navigating higher education systems, time management, study skills development, test preparation, scholarly research and writing workshops, leadership development, career and personal development, financial management, college transfer preparation, and scholarship and financial aid research workshops;

The Normandale AMS is looking for students who have an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, particularly students who may need academic, social, developmental, or modest financial support to succeed.

We especially want to support populations historically underrepresented in STEM-related fields by targeting recruitment efforts on:

  • Students of color
  • Children of immigrant parents or students who are themselves immigrants
  • Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Students whose parents did not attend college
  • Women interested in STEM fields
  • Students interested in becoming a secondary STEM educator

Eligibility Requirements

Admittance into the Academy will be based on the cumulative results of the following criteria:

  • Commitment to pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field or a teaching degree with a focus on science, technology, engineering or math education;
  • High school diploma or GED (verified by transcripts or other official documentation);
  • Two letters of recommendation from at least one teacher or professor with whom you have studied, and/or a counselor, advisor or other professional, such as an employer;
  • Indicated potential and commitment as well as sincerity to pursue a career in STEM, demonstrated in a student essay;
  • Demonstrated commitment to Academy participant criteria.

Participation Requirements

Students who are accepted into the Normandale Academy of Math and Science agree to:

  • Attend Normandale Community College for approximately two consecutive years following acceptance into the scholarship program;
  • Pursue a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field or a teaching degree with a focus on math or science education;
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.00 during their time in the program;
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 credits at Normandale Community College each semester;
  • Attend all required Academy cohort meetings;
  • Schedule and attend all individual meetings with their assigned advisor;
  • Actively participate in all individual and cohort learning and development activities whether they be live or online;
  • Actively participate in self and program assessment.

For more information on the program, or for application materials, please contact:

Academy of Math and Science