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Your STEM path starts here with Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D. and Phyllis Serfaty, M.A., your STEM educational specialists!

Take the first steps to build your STEM Educational & College Admissions Plan: Meet with Dr. Rabin- STEM Admissions Expert to discover unique STEM majors and careers.

Do you enjoy and excel in your science and math courses?  Do you think you want to become a physician? Maybe you’ve learned to code and write APPs or were told you would make a great engineer?

S.T.E.M. advising for students in South FloridaYou might be the next Tony Stark or follow in the footsteps of Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Sally Ride (NASA), Jeff Bezoz (Amazon), Shigeru Miyamoto (Nintendo), Jeffrey Katzenberg (Dreamworks Animation), Caterina Fake (Flickr),  Helen Greiner (iRobot), or Antonia Coello Novello (Surgeon General).

Bonnie R. Rabin, Ph.D, provides pre-college academic advising for aspiring STEM students, ensuring academic success and helping you set yourself apart from other STEM applicants.

  • Develop your unique research interests in traditional & cutting-edge areas of science, math, engineering and technology.
  • Receive guidance in selecting your high-school curriculum and competitive grade-level appropriate summer research programs enhancing your education and STEM activities resume.
  • Receive support for identifying and participating in appropriate grade-level local, regional and national STEM competitions.

What exactly is a “S.T.E.M” major?

Traditional STEM majors include: Science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry), Technology (Computer Science, Information Systems), Engineering (e.g. Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, etc.) and Math.  The complete list contains dozens of other subjects and extends far beyond the courses you’ve explored in your high school AP, AICE or IB classes.

Given your interests and strengths, let me guide you to the discovery of unique and cutting-edge STEM majors.

You might be surprised to learn that there are STEM majors for students who enjoy the liberal arts and those interested in business, social sciences and even the fine arts. 

A variety of fields have been influenced by the analytical approaches and scientific techniques defining STEM programs. Collaboration taking place within multi-disciplinary teams is the direction of future innovation in all fields.

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The nature of STEM fields continues to evolve.  Advanced preparation for an undergraduate STEM major should include the following:
  • Mathematics: All STEM fields require a comfort and aptitude for quantitative analysis. For example, all engineering programs have math prerequisites; pre-med students need to complete rigorous chemistry classes requiring mathematics; and business school students, especially those in finance and marketing should anticipate coursework in advanced statistics and calculus. Therefore, we advise taking high school coursework that prepares students for calculus, statistics and advanced coursework.
  • STEM AP/AICE coursework:  STEM majors are more structured than others leaving few credits for exploration while enrolled as an undergraduate.   Achieving high (threshold) scores on AP STEM exams related to your chosen major not only enhances your chances of college admission, but better prepares you for the challenging coursework ahead and creating opportunities  to enroll in non-STEM electives/minors while an undergraduate. Challenge yourself to complete as many of these AP classes as possible during high school:  Computer Science, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics
  • CODING:   Students in all fields, from gaming and filmmaking to finance and medicine are at a competitive advantage if they have acquired basic programming skills. Robotics and Artificial Intelligence continue to influence all fields. Understanding the basics of coding is essential to success in STEM and many disciplines.  Have you considered “Computational Finance” or “Computational Biology” as potential majors blending an interest in Computer Science with a traditional business or science field?

Multi-disciplinary problem-solving is typical in the fast-paced and incredibly competitive technical sector.