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  • School of Education

    Mercy College Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative

    A STEM career in your future? Get there with a little help from Mercy College.
  • School of Education

    MISTI NOYCE Scholars Program

    Earn $40,000 in scholarships plus more than $5,000 in stipends.
  • School of Education

    Summer STEM Intensive Experiences

    Get your feet wet in Science and Math, as you pursue your degree in STEM.
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Questions? Please contact the MISTI Principal Investigator:

Dr. Meghan Marrero
(914) 674-7889

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Cohort 3 Math Scholars Arnelle Banks and Navi Mann doing a community STEM outreach program at a Bronx middle school.

Congratulations to our MISTI graduate scholars Nicole Wuersching, Ana Gomes, Tyler Kroll, and Amanda Marinato!! They will now be teachers of STEM in high-needs school districts! So proud of Ana Gomes for being chosen as commencement speaker.

Who we are

Director: Dr. Meghan Marrero

This National Science Foundation Grant follows Mercy undergraduates from Junior year as Student Teacher Observers to their graduate Masters in Education working as full-time Student Teachers. After graduation, MISTI Scholars must work in a high-needs public school for 5 years to fulfill grant requirements. MISTI student teachers are currently placed in many high-needs middle and high schools in the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County

NSF Funding

The Mercy College Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program.

Dr. Amanda Gunning and MISTI Scholar Ileini Romero at STEM Day, March 3, 2017
Ileini Romero discussing the MISTI program with interested student at STEM Day
  • Earn both a bachelor's and master's degree and become a certified biology or math 7-12 teacher
  • Receive $40,000 scholarship plus stipend
  • Extend clinical experience with mentoring supports that prepare you for the classroom
  • Gain continued support during your first year of teaching
  • Who can apply? Current Mercy College or community college second year students who are interested in STEM fields.
MISTI Scholars still learning

On November 9, 2019, MISTI Scholars Cindy Dionizio and Amanda Marinato, now both full time teachers in the Yonkers Public Schools, attended a Center for STEM Education workshop on Invention Literacy, using an MIT-designed kit called Makey Makey. They were able to create a touchpad using a graphite drawing and wires to play a computer piano. They also created a math test which had computer generated noises for right and wrong answers. For the final team project they  invented a response box as a classroom exit ticket, which would record whether students understood a lesson or not.

Cohort 3 MISTI Scholar Amanda Marinato studies in Vienna January 2019

 English classroom in Vienna, Austria. Here students are writing letters back to students from the Charter School for Educational Excellence in Yonkers, NY in a writing program that Amanda developed.

Amanda with other teachers at the Sta. Cristina school in Vienna (students aged 14-20).  Sonja Oberpertinger (bottom right) orchestrated this teaching program with Mercy College.



Ana Oliveira Gomes (MISTI Cohort 3 Scholar) presenting her research poster in San Diego, January 2019

Ana Oliveira Gomes spent summer 2018 in Seattle, Washington as part of the STEM Teacher Research (STAR) Program doing biological research.