Opportunities For Individuals


CREST facilitates a broad range of services and opportunities for individuals pursuing STEM education and careers in the Frederick County area.

Academic Opportunities

CREST has partnered with Colleges and Universities to bring post-graduate and graduate certificate STEM courses to Frederick

Our Current opportunities include:


Agricultural Certificate Programs
Next program registration deadline May 21st, 2019 for Summer Session.

Frederick CREST is offering (4) certificate programs in the following fields.

  • Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • BeeKeeping
  • Urban Agriculture
-Each program consists of 4 courses, which can be completed in 12 months
-Courses can be taken in any order
-Hybrid courses, principally conducted online with regular instructor-held meetings on site in Frederick
-Requirements: a completed and awarded Bachelors degree with a 3.0 GPA, including at least one introductory biology class (this can be taken locally and transferred) and 1 letter of recommendation. Please note that the GRE exam is not required. If applicant has less than a 3.0 GPA for their Bachelors then the candidate can still be accepted into the program on a probationary basis.

Apply before May 21st for 2019 Summer Session. Apply Here



Master of Chemical and Life Science program
Offered by University of Maryland College Park.
Next program registration deadline July 26, 2018.

The research component of this Master’s program can be undertaken with Frederick-based research institutions through CREST.
Online courses and an option to take “Current Topics in Biomedical Research”.

This course will feature lectures from a range of researchers currently working with local STEM employers in Frederick’s world-class laboratories.

Begins:  May 29, 2018 on Wednesday evenings at Tuscarora High School
Instructor: Dr. Cristina Banuelos

To apply to the Master of Chemical and Life Sciences program at University of Maryland College Park.

Fall Admission deadline: 26 July 2018
Winter Admission deadline: 8 Nov 2018
Spring Admission deadline: 31 Jan 2019
Summer Admission deadline 9 May 2019




Histotechnology Training (HT/HTL)

If you are someone who likes solving practical, hands-on problems – and you don’t want to spend your days filling out paperwork – being a histotechnologist might be for you.

As an integral part of the medical laboratory team, a histotechnologist works to prepare tissue samples for analysis by the pathologists. To get you on the path toward becoming a histotechnologist and passing the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) certification examination, this 10-month training program gives you real, hands-on experience in the lab.

For more information on the Histotechnology training, click here.

Prospective opportunities include:

  • Cloud Computing Courses
  • Agriculture
  • Medical Technology Clinical Rotations
  • Drug and Biologics Discovery
  • Biodefense
  • Externships: Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Molecular Medicine, Data Analytics, Management, Regulatory Science, Agriculture

Experiential Opportunities

Hands-on learning is key to gaining mastery of STEM skills. To learn science one must DO science. CREST offers credit based (externships) and non-credit (internships) matching and other services to individuals seeking to improve their level of hands-on knowledge in the STEM fields of study.

Current opportunities include:

Seminars and Workshops

Opportunities to meet and discuss trending topics, evolving technologies, and other issues affecting the STEM industry are an important part of a vibrant STEM community. CREST can organize seminars and workshops aimed at specific industry needs like instruction on a specific instrument, technique, or software application. Please check this space for details about upcoming events and send us your thoughts on potential seminars and workshops via the link below.

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