January 2021 C-STEM Newsletter

Message from Dr. Reagan Flowers

How the Government Can Address Education Needs

It’s a new year, and even more importantly, a new administration has stepped in. Following drops across the board in enrollment in 2020 — from Kindergarten to college — it’s time to take a serious look at the opportunity to improve education for the future, especially in relation to STEM for economically disadvantaged students. Read the Full Article…

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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Seaside Chats
Every Wednesday in February
6:30-7:30 p.m. Central Time
Learn more and register on the Seaside Chats web page

Save the Date – Virtual Challenge Showcase Kick-Off
Sat., Feb. 27
More Details to Come Via Email


UNCF General Scholarship Application
Applications Due March 31
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This Month's Highlights

Please Support Our Virtual Fundraiser TOMORROW

To keep everyone safe, we have transformed our 2020 Holiday Social into a virtual fundraising event. Please join us TOMORROW, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. Central Time for music, raffle prizes, and more. You can support our efforts to provide underserved students with access to STEM education … from the comfort of your home!


Click to Join the fun on January 28th at 6 PM

We want to thank our generous sponsors, who continue to make our events possible:


Tejuana Edmond

Ahmad Shaheed

Gulf Coast Modern Quilt Guild

Ogun Art and Culture

Five Woods Realty, LLC

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Executive Board Member Keeps Students, Parents Safe During COVID-19

C-STEM Executive Board member Kelly Coleman plays a crucial role in keeping others healthy and safe during the pandemic. A pediatrician since 2006, she is passionate about her profession.

Dr. Coleman serves patients at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic at the Vintage in Houston. In her position as a healthcare worker, she is experiencing the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic firsthand. Patients with cold symptoms are only being seen via video at her clinic. The clinic is conducting COVID-19 tests with a drive-thru, parking lot visits.

In Dr. Coleman’s capacity as a pediatrician who serves mothers and newborns, she’s grateful that none of the mothers have tested positive for the virus. That has indeed been a blessing, she said. Coleman recently had the opportunity to be among the early recipients of the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and is awaiting the second dose.

Dr. Coleman is a longtime C-STEM supporter. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston with honors and her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston. She’s a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and the Missouri City Chapter of The Links, Inc. In addition to serving on the C-STEM Executive Board, Dr. Coleman donates her time on the Recipe for Success Advisory Board and the Children’s Museum of Houston Advisory Board.

We are honored to have Dr. Coleman on our Executive Board and look forward to her continued outstanding contributions to our efforts to support our students’ STEM learning.

Save the Date for First Virtual C-STEM Challenge Showcase Kick-off

As the pandemic continues, we are still developing ways to engage students in hands-on learning activities while keeping them safe. We’re excited to announce that next month, we’ll be kicking off our first virtual C-STEM Challenge Showcase during National Engineers Week. Stay tuned for more details!

Virtual C-STEM Challenge Showcase Kick-off
Sat., Feb. 27, 11:00 AM -12:00 PM
More details to follow

UNCF Scholarships Help Black Students

UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, the organization awards more than $100 million in scholarships to students attending more than 1,100 schools across the country.

The UNCF General Application is open. The application is placed in a pool of potentially eligible students for ongoing unpublished scholarship opportunities and does not require an online application. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2021. Apply here.

Learn About the Ocean with Virtual Chats

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is holding Seaside Chats every Wednesday in February from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Central Time. These informal presentations cover ocean topics associated with Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the Gulf of Mexico. This year, the presentations are entirely virtual.

Feb. 3

Mission: Iconic Reefs – An Ambitious Plan to Restore 7 Sites in the Florida Keys
Presented by Sarah Fangman, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Feb. 10

Manta Rays: The Mysterious Giants in our Backyard
Presented by Dr. Joshua Stewart, The Manta Trust

Feb. 17

Gulf Coast Reefs: Weathering the Storm
Presented by Dr. Adrienne Correa, BioSciences at Rice University

Feb. 24

Remarkable Algae in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Presented by Dr. Suzanne Fredericq, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Visit the Seaside Chats web page to learn more about each presentation and register for the webinars.

Blast from the Past

We get the biggest joy going back down memory lane. C-STEM has touched so many lives over the 20 years we have been serving communities near and far. It is our hope that this memory places a smile on your face and in your heart. This month, we’re featuring a video shared with us by Professor Zena Whitworth at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, Maryland.

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Shomari Williams
Joi Beasley
Zawadi Bryant
Bobby Bryant
Lucy Bremond
Antonio ‘Tony’ Canales
LaQuita Cyprian
Laolu Davies Yemitan
Gayle Fallon
Ruthie Esene
Michael Harris
Renee Logans
David Medina
Antoinette Jackson
Scott Minnix
Dr. Sandra Saldana Ortega
Susan Taylor
Dr. Frazier Wilson
Syalisa Winata
Ross Peters
Dr. Robert Satcher
Charles Samuel
Miloni Shah
Cherrilyn B. Nedd
Dr. Martina Ogbonna
Dr. Letitia Franklin Ozoude

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11th Annual State of STEM Education Stakeholder Breakfast

Please join us at The Junior League of Houston from 7:30-9:00 AM

11th Annual State of STEM Education Stakeholder Breakfast

Please join us at The Junior League of Houston from 7:30-9:00 AM