STEM Civic Service Leaders

Over 3,590 college students from colleges and universities have served as STEM Civic Service Leaders – i.e. College Captains - for Great Minds in STEM™. STEM Civic Service Leaders share their own experiences and college journey with the pre-college students they work with across the U.S. through the Viva Technology™ Program and other community events.

What Does a College Captain Do?

College Captains serve as near-peer role models for underserved and underrepresented pre-college students across the U.S. and Puerto Rico who participate in GMiS' Viva Technology Program, STEM Showdown or community outreach activities,  College Captains facilitate team dynamics in various STEM activities while sharing their college experience, career aspirations and technical knowledge as a student majoring in a STEM field.   College Captains actively engage in guiding pre-college students through STEM hands-on activities and mini-competitions. The expectation is that College Captains motivate students to embrace science and math as fun and exciting and that as a career, is not out of their reach.

Locations and Registration?

Viva Technology and STEM Showdown are hosted in fall and spring semesters at various locations across the country.  Click Here  for a list of the most current locations and to register as a College Captain.

Is Training Provided?

Yes, GMiS provides training for all the College Captains scheduled to serve any of its programs. GMiS trains College Captains how to help students hone in on the basic math and science skills that are being articulated in the activities, and how to extrapolate these skills to a broader skill set as an engineer or scientist. GMiS has on-demand webinars that present an overview of the activities that College Captains will support.

Who Can Become a College Captain?
  • Must be enrolled full-time at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college/university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico
  • Preference is given to students pursuing a STEM field of study; however, students pursuing an education, child development, public speaking, or communications degree are also encouraged to participate
  • Must be comfortable working with age groups ranging from 10 – 18 years old
  • Must be comfortable working with students from underserved communities – including rural and urban communities
  • Must be able to keep students focused and engaged on the activities
  • Must be able to articulate basic understandings of math and science
  • Must be able to engage all types of learners – visual, audio, sensory, and kinetic
  • Spanish is a plus, but not required

College Captain Benefits
  • Cash Stipend – College Captains are compensated for their time depending on the extent of their service and level of experience as a College Captain
  • Deans Letter – GMiS acknowledges your support to its K-12 programs through an annual letter that is sent to your college dean
  • HENAAC Scholarship – College Captains, who are eligible for the HENAAC scholarships, receive additional consideration in the review process
  • Travel Grants – College Captains receive additional consideration in the selection process that awards travel grants to the annual HENAAC Conference
  • Networking – College captains have the opportunity to network with STEM professionals, who serve as professional role models alongside the College Captains