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The mission of the GEMS (Girls EXCELing in Math and Science) program is to increase student success in the first two years of the student’s college career in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) discipline. The GEMS participants are EXCEL female students. To accomplish this mission GEMS offers the following benefits to GEMS participants:

  • A designated GEMS female mentor who is an older EXCEL student from a similar discipline as the GEMS mentee. The GEMS mentor interacts with their mentees frequently face-to-face and through other means. The GEMS mentor offers the necessary support that a mentee might need to guarantee a smooth transition from high school to college in their first year at UCF.
  • A dedicated EXCEL First Year Advisor and all the STEM college advisors consult with the GEMS students in a timely and proactive fashion about the courses that they need to take in their designated STEM discipline.
  • Mentorship events organized throughout the academic year introduce to the GEMS participants female role models from the STEM disciplines and the opportunity to interact with them on a one-to-one basis.
  • Social activities that help solidify the bonds amongst the mentors, mentees, GEMS staff and other EXCEL students, bonds that are critical for a student’s success in their first year in college.
  • All the benefits offered by the EXCEL program to its student participants (for more details click on EXCEL)

GEMS Events

GEMS will be joined by Dr. Amparo Gutierrez, a neurologist with the Orlando Health Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center. She will be discussing her journey to medical school, career, and experience in STEM, as well as answering any questions you have…
GEMS will be joined by Jennifer Elliot, director of the UCF Arboretum and Natural Resource Programs. Jennifer is a UCF alumni, with experience doing marine turtle research as un undergraduate and masters student. Now, she is responsible for overseeing all Arboretum…
Need volunteer hours? Volunteer at UCF's STEM Day on Friday, March 27th. As a thank you, GEMS/EXCEL will be hosting a pool party afterwards for all participating students!  *Volunteer registration will open at 8:30am on February 18th.
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