Summer Bridge Enrichment Program
The goals of the Summer Enrichment Program include: 1) recruiting high school seniors to attend Oakwood University in STEM disciplines, 2) preparing the students for Calculus 1, and 3) preparing students for future academic success.
The Summer Enrichment Program is a two-week program that allows high-school senior to experience: (i) Oakwood University, prior to their enrollment in the fall term, (ii) provide them with the necessary skills to enter into and successfully matriculate through Precalculus Algebra/Trigonometry and Calculus 1 and (iii) sharpen their critical thinking, comprehensive and study skills for future academic success. It is expected that each student who matriculates through the program will enroll ar Oakwood university in a STEM discipline, pass Precalculus Algebra/Trigonometry and Calculus 1 in his/her freshman year, conduct research or perform STEM rekated activities throughout each school year, conduct summer research and/or have a summer internship, graduate with a degree in a STEM discipline and pursue a graduate degree or enter the workforce in a STEM discipline.
An essential element of undergraduate preparation for graduate school is hands-on experience under the tutelage of established on and off campus researchers. Through this encounter, students will develop interests in research, skills required to communicate results in poster or oral presentations at national scientific conferences, and publish in peer-reviewed journals.
The first academic year ten sophomore or junior STEM majors will conduct research with faculty members. These students will serve as mentors for the Bridge students during their freshman year preparing them for research the summer after their freshman year.
The second summer, each student will be paired with an on-campus faculty member based on his or her initial area of research interest. Research mentors will provide students with an appropriate research project and take the responsibility for training the student in the implementation of the research project.
The introduction of appropriate role models to underrepresented minority students may be one of the most significant enrichment activities leading students to pursue doctoral degrees. Researchers in the natural sciences from Alliance Institutions, and others will be invited to give presentations on their on-going research careers relevant to current problems. They will present cutting-edge information in nanoscience, bioinformatics, chemical engineering, surface chemistry, environmental chemistry, proteomics, microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, math and physics. The continual exposure to role model scientists will build the awareness and confidence students will need to realize that they can also become successful scientists.