Girls EXCELing in Math and Science (GEMS)
Similar to the EXCEL program, but exclusively for females, Girls EXCELing in Math and Science aims to increase success rates for of science, technology, engineering and math students during their first two years at UCF.
Program participants are assigned a female mentor who is a more advanced STEM student in the same discipline. This mentor interacts with the student frequently and supports them as they transition from high school into their first year of college.
Participants have access to a dedicated EXCEL First Year Advisor, as well as all the STEM college advisors, who will help guide students in selecting their courses.
Additional benefits include:
• Mentorship events organized throughout the academic year to introduce participants to 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 among mentors, mentees, staff and fellow EXCEL students
• Financial aid opportunities
• All the benefits offered by the EXCEL program