The deadline to apply to Maryville College’s new Scots Science Scholars program for fall 2013 has been extended to March 1.
Funded with a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program, S3 will provide enrichment and support for select college students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math fields at the college.
“The goal of this program is to increase the number of students who graduate from Maryville College with a S.T.E.M. major, especially students from underrepresented groups,” Dr. Angelia Gibson explained.
“The grant funding will provide incredible opportunities for all of our S.T.E.M. majors, including regular campus-wide events, field trips and independent research,” Gibson, an associate professor of chemistry and a co-principal investigator of the grant, said. “But a large focus of the grant will be on assisting students who demonstrate promise and interest in math and science but may not have the academic foundation or confidence needed to succeed in those college-level courses.
In fall, Maryville College will accept 15 incoming freshman as Scots Science Scholars, and another 72 students will be welcomed into the program over the next four years.
Details and an online application form are available at maryvillecollege.edu/academics/s3.
The S3 program includes several components, including a three-week, all-expense-paid summer bridge program, which will provide extra preparation for first-year courses, especially in math.
The bridge program also promises early engagement with faculty members and a peer group, exposure to research through field trips and laboratory assignments, and exposure to various vocational options through interaction with S.T.E.M. professionals.
The summer curriculum will also provide opportunities to integrate STEM research with recreational experiences in the area.
Students each will receive a $1,150 stipend for participating in the summer program and a $20,000 per year scholarship to Maryville College. (This scholarship cannot be added to a student’s merit-based award offered by the college.)
Over the next four years, S3 participants will participate in a curriculum that is designed to build community and provide academic support, including a specialized first-year sequence tailored to appeal to the interests and needs of S3 students.
They also will participate in research and leadership experiences that are integrated with the Maryville College core curriculum, including many opportunities to begin research on exciting STEM projects with faculty at MC.
“And in future years, S3 students will become visible role models and ambassadors for the math and science programs at Maryville College,” Siopsis pointed out.