Center of Excellence for Science

About the Center of Excellence for Science

The Center of Excellence for Science shares a 45,000 square facility with the Center of Excellence for Mathematics at the Southwest Campus of St. Philip’s College.  The facility is a learning center offering both formal and informal STEM education to its college students, educators, and community.  During the fall and spring semesters, community outreach events are held and the facility provides courses in Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Applied Sciences.  In the summer semesters, STEM outreach and professional development programs are offered.  Funded student research opportunities are available year-round as well as student instructional assistantships for outreach initiatives to the community.                   

Opportunities for College Students

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Student Research Opportunities

Apply for funded research assistantships from the National Science Foundation (CIMA) or the Dept. of Education (HBCU) grants.  Conduct educational or scientific research with the Science Center.  Research is conducted year-round.  Projects are structured to fit your schedule, interest, and aptitude.

Student Assistants

Apply for stipends to serve and engage our community through STEM outreach programs and initiatives.  Opportunities exist year-round and can range from single-day events to 8-week programs.

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Electric Car Projects Assistant

Apply to assist with the electric/alternative energy vehicle initiative and student club activities. Students will communicate activities, goals, and deadlines to members while serving as a student liaison and spokesperson for the club.

Building with Biology initiative

Seeking 10 or more students.  Students will be trained in implementing STEM hands-on activities with youth and adults at local ISDs, museums, and colleges.

Virtual Reality Initiative

Virtual Reality Initiative work with SPC professors to design software packages that use Virtual Reality in educational settings.  Assist in monitoring the dedicated Virtual Reality Lab at Southwest Campus.

Bowden Afterschool Initiative

This program is a collaboration with Bowden Academy (5th – 8th grades) and the college’s Business Information Solutions and Natural Science Departments.  Bowden wants to start a STEM club for its middle school students.  The commitment will be 2 afternoons per week for a 6-week minimum.  College students will be compensated for their training and time committed to assisting in hands-on activities in science and technology.

Community Outreach

Year-Round Programs

Building with Biology Initiative

SPC students take the show on the road.  Contact us if your organization is having a STEM event or career day to arrange for a Synthetic Biology workshop at your site.

Student Leadership Academic Movement (SLAM)

St. Philip’s College collaborates with the Ella Austin Community Center to provide out-of-school time STEM activities and educational opportunities for youth.  Please contact Ella Austin Community Center at 210-224-2351 to learn more.

Spring Event

Green Energy and Engineering Day

February - A day to celebrate and promote STEM!  High school and college teams exhibit their projects and encourage 5th graders to go to college.  The children engage in hands-on activities and select the top three projects as a part of the Kid’s Choice Awards.


Summer Programs

Science and Math Summer Academy (SAMSA)

July - The Science and Math Summer Academy (SAMSA) is a 3 week innovative, inquiry-based informal Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) educational program for middle and high school students.  At the Graduation Showcase, participants perform demonstrations and presentations in their chosen career field.

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Robotics SPACE Teams Camp

July/August - The Robotics camp is a one-week program designed to inspire middle school children to pursue careers in technology.  The youth explore robotic design, construction, and programming using Lego EV3 robots.

Fall Programs

CORE 4 STEM Family Day

November - St. Philip’s College collaborates with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) to encourage middle school children and their families to pursue post-secondary education in a STEM career field.  The event is held on a Saturday determined by SAHCC.

STEM Symposium

December - The STEM Symposium brings together college students and representatives from industry, academic, government and community organizations.  Local STEM programs and initiatives are discussed as a means of promoting engagement and collaborations.

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To learn more about STEM opportunities at SPC, please visit the other academic centers.

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Contact Information

Jo D. Duncan, Ph.D.
SWC Industrial Technology Center (ITC) (Building 1), Room C-153E

Text 'STEM' to 55000


Administrative Assistant:
Stacie Coy-Mahula
SWC Industrial Technology Center (ITC) (Building 1), Room C-153A