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What is SLAM?

SLAM, the Science Leadership and Mentoring program, promotes youth’s inspiration and excitement in STEM fields and careers while also building their leadership abilities. SLAM is an after-school, curriculum-based mentoring program pairing one 7th grade student (Little) with one UCF undergraduate student (Big).

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SLAM empowers youth to be assertive, brave, confident, independent, inquisitive, and proud leaders in STEM. SLAM seeks to promote inspiration and excitement into STEM fields and careers while also building leadership abilities such as problem-solving, teamwork and cooperation, time management, confidence and self-esteem, and goals for the future. We believe all students are influential leaders with innate leadership abilities. Our vision is to examine the social and cultural expectations for middle schoolers, investigate existing themes leadership, and engage students to empower themselves to be leaders in STEM. SLAM to create spaces where young people can share their real-life experiences, build themselves up and learn from one another.

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Program Leadership

CONTACT: [email protected]

Anne Bubriski

Dr. Anne Bubriski

SLAM Director
Director & Associate Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies

Ph.D. Sociology, UCF; M.A. Women’s Studies, Southern Connecticut State Univ. (2009); BGS General Studies: Human Services, Univ. of Connecticut (2006). Areas of interest are women and girls in leadership, social inequalities, community engagement.

Cassie Parker

Cassie Parker

SLAM Program Manager

Cassie has been involved in SLAM since 2019, volunteering as a Big and later a Facilitator. Captivated by the cosmos and wishing to share her passion with others, Cassie is currently seeking a bachelor’s degree in Physics with an Education specialization, and minors in Science Education and Astronomy. She aims to pursue a Masters in Teaching after graduation.

Program Structure

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All orientation and training events held on the UCF Main Campus 

  • Little Meetings: every Wed., 6–7:30 p.m.
  • Parent Orientation: Wed., Oct 4 at 6 p.m.
  • First Little Meeting: Wed., Oct 11 at 6 p.m.
  • Big Training: Wed., September 13, 6-7:30pm
  • Big Meetings: first Wed. of the month, 7:30–9 p.m.

Leadership Lessons

  • Formal and Informal Leadership
  • Conflict Management and Problem Solving
  • Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Healthy Mind Healthy Body
  • Time Management
  • Goals and Values

STEM Lessons

  • Girls and Women in STEM
  • Robotics Workshop
  • UCF Arboretum
  • Animation and Simulation Institute Workshop
  • Women in Engineering
  • Reef Oyster Preservation
  • UCF Robinson Observatory and Planetarium
  • Coding and Computer Science Workshop
  • Careers in Math
  • Aero Space Engineering and NASA
  • Careers in Health Sciences
  • UCF STEM Day

Support Our Program

You can support Women’s and Gender Studies at UCF with tax-deductible contributions including online donations. Find out more about how to make a gift. Donations sponsor student and faculty mentoring groups, recruitment materials, supplies and expenses for Big Sister groups and more.
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