Dr. Stacey J. Oddman is the former Chief of the Family Medicine Department at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale where she served as the Chief-elect for two consecutive terms from 2013 to 2015. She completed her Doctorate in Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine where she served as President of the BU chapter of the Student National Medical Society. In 2003, Dr. Oddman completed a three-year residency in Family Practice at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey and is Board Certified in Family Medicine.
Photo: Dr. Oddman with the first two CARI-STEM scholarship recipients
Stacey Oddman Endowment
The scholarship will address two significant challenges facing the future of our nation’s workforce and ability to remain at the forefront of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) innovation: the lack of student engagement in STEM subjects and the shortage of qualified STEM teachers. Economic data reveals that one million additional STEM graduates will be needed during the next decade to meet the demand in the United States. Yet in 2015, the US Census Bureau reported that only 36% of non-Hispanic whites ages 25 and older had bachelor’s degrees. The numbers were even less for African Americans (23%) and Hispanics (16%). Philanthropic investments in the CARI-STEM Endowment will provide scholarships to students of Caribbean descent enrolled in the College of Arts, Sciences and Education with an interest in pursuing a STEM degree. This would in turn advance FIU’s efforts to empower future STEM professionals who reflect the multicultural communities of S. Florida.