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STEM and Foreign Language Academy
Thank you . . .
. . . for your interest in the Southern Ohio Youth Regents STEM and Foreign Language Academy. The STEM and Foreign Language Academy is a collaboration of Shawnee State University, the University of Rio Grande, and Ohio University Southern. The 2010 STEM Academy program is funded in part by the Ohio Board of Regents and each of the three partner universities. The goal of the STEM and Foreign Language Academy is to introduce rising high school juniors and seniors to the opportunities for careers, including teaching, in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and foreign language. Students will select one or two college courses (up to 7 credit hours) during an intense three-week summer residential academy, spending one week at each partner university. Following the residential experience, students will complete their summer college coursework on-line from their homes, using distance-learning technology, with final exams taking place on campus at the end of July.
Why you should consider attending The Southern Ohio Youth Regents STEM & Foreign Language Academy:
• FREE tuition and fees for up to 7 hours of college credit
• FREE classroom materials/supplies
• Dual high school/college credit where applicable
• Career exploration in STEM areas
• Chance to experience campus life at three regional universities
• Great opportunity for academic, social and personal growth, and
Due to decreased funding, students participating in the 2010 STEM Academy will pay a $150 program fee to assist with the cost of room and board during each of the three weeks on campus. Financial assistance is available to cover the program fee if students can show evidence of need. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch or whose family is experiencing financial difficulty may complete a Financial Aid/Fee Waiver Form. The Financial Aid/Fee Waiver Form MUST be submitted with all other application materials.
To qualify, participants must be an Ohio resident and a rising eleventh or twelfth grade student in the coming academic year, 2010/2011 (currently in grade ten or eleven) and have minimally a 2.5 or higher GPA. The STEM and Foreign Language Academy is not necessarily a “gifted” student program. We are seeking students with high potential, who take their education seriously, and are capable of doing college level work. An application packet may be requested by calling Shawnee State University (740.351.3274). All information and application material may be also be viewed and printed from the STEM Academy website: http://www.shawnee.edu/off/uos/STEM/stem.html
How to Apply
Interested students should complete the STEM Academy Student Application and Student Essay form. The Student Nomination Form must be completed by a teacher, a guidance counselor, or other school administrator and must be received by the application due date (May 24). All completed forms and a copy of the student’s high school transcript should be mailed to the address below. Applications must be received no later than May 24, 2010. Students may also fax the forms to the number listed below. Applications postmarked or faxed after the deadline will be considered only if space is available in desired courses or until the maximum number of students have been met for the STEM and Foreign Language Academy,
Submit application materials to: Contact Information:
Southern Ohio Youth Regents STEM & Phone: 740-351-3411
Foreign Language Academy Toll-free: 1-866-672-8778
ATTN: Judy Meeker, Project Dir. Fax: 740-351-3598
University Outreach Services Email: email@example.com
Shawnee State University
940 Second Street WEBSITE:
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 http://www.shawnee.edu/off/uos/STEM/stem.html
Student Selection and Admittance Information
Applicants will be admitted based on a number of criteria, including grade level, GPA, teacher recommendation, essay and other information provided. As the deadline approaches and multiple applications are received simultaneously, other means are used to select students for admittance such as space available in desired courses or grade level of student. The 2010 STEM Academy is limited to 30 total participants; therefore, we recommend applying as early as possible.
Students will be notified of admittance after the application deadline or by May 31, 2010. We do not officially notify students until all applications have been processed. Applicants may contact Judy Meeker (firstname.lastname@example.org) at any time if concerned about the status of their application.
Because space is limited, please notify us immediately if you have been accepted and are unable to attend.
May 24 . . . . . Application material due with $150 fee OR Financial Aid/Fee Waiver form
May 31 . . . . . Students are notified of acceptance and information packets mailed
(includes campus map, housing checklist, program schedule, etc)
STEM & Foreign Language Academy Courses and Schedule
Summer Course Descriptions:
CHEM 15005: General Chemistry (five semester hours) will be offered by Dr. John Means of the University of Rio Grande. This basic chemistry course covers the atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, and solution chemistry. Students MUST have completed algebra I with a “C” or better and one year of high school chemistry, unless recommended for the course by a guidance counselor. Chemistry is an intensive 5 semester-hour lab-based course. Students who take chemistry during the summer STEM Academy may not take a second class, due to the intensity and number of classroom/lab hours required for the course. Students with AP credit in chemistry may not register for this course.
MATH 1150, Principles of Statistics (three semester hours) will be offered by Dr. Doug Darbro from Shawnee State University. The course introduces students to the vocabulary, concepts, and presentation of statistics as applied to business, education, and science. Topics include: exploring data and describing patterns, sampling and experimentation, planning and conducting a study, normal distributions, sampling distributions, regression analysis, and statistical inference. This course will implement the use of technology as a catalyst for critical thinking.
SPAN 111, Elementary Spanish (four quarter hours) will be offered by Tim Mollett from Ohio University—Southern. The course focuses on developing proficiency in listening, reading, speaking, and writing essential to interactive language learning. Students MUST have one year, but no more than two years of high school Spanish. Students with AP credit in Spanish may not register for this course.
Each student participant will choose one or two summer courses, chemistry only, or a combination of statistics and Spanish in order to provide students an opportunity to earn a similar number of credit hours during the summer.
Residential On-Campus Experience
STEM and Foreign Language Academy participants will reside in student housing during the three-week residential portion of the program (June 13 – July 2, 2010). Students will spend one week on three participating campuses; the University of Rio Grande, Shawnee State University, and Ohio University Southern.
Each week of the three-week summer residential academy, students will arrive on campus Sunday afternoon and leave on Friday afternoon to go home for the weekend. The first week, students will stay at the University of Rio Grande (June 13 – 18). Weeks two and three, students will stay at Shawnee State University (June 20 - 25 and June 27 – July 2). During week three, students will be bused to Ohio University Southern campus for their classes. Daily class schedules may vary each week according to the course(s) chosen.
While on campus, all STEM Academy participants will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast and lunch are served in campus dining. Dinner may vary based on evening activities.
During the three-week summer residential experience students will have time to socialize with other STEM and Foreign Language Academy participants. Some evenings may include planned activities or special speaker. All planned evening activities will be limited to one or two hours, leaving time for students to complete assignments or study for tests. Tutors will be available to offer assistance with coursework.
Continuation and Completion of Summer Coursework
At the conclusion of the three-week residential experience, students will continue their summer college coursework on-line from their home, using various web-based technology (July 3 – July 29). All participants MUST have access to a computer with internet connectivity in order to continue their summer coursework. Friday, July 30, students will return to Shawnee State University for final course presentations and/or final examinations.
Program Dates at a Glance
Summer Residential Experience (June 13 – July 2)
Week 1 University of Rio Grande (June 13-18)
Week 2 Shawnee State University (June 20-25)
Week 3 Ohio University Southern (June 27-July 2)
(The third week will highlight Ohio University Southern in Ironton, Ohio. This branch campus of Ohio University has no dormitories; therefore, students will stay in Shawnee State housing during the week and be transported daily to Ohio University for classes or other scheduled activities.
(Each Week) Sunday: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Students arrive on campus
Friday: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Students depart for home
(Participants will not spend Friday and Saturday nights on campus during the 3-week residential program)
Completion of Summer Classes On-Line (July 3 – July 29)
July 2-29 On-Line Coursework
College classes will continue and assignments will be completed through the use of on-line technology. STEM Academy students MUST have access to a computer with internet connectivity either at home, a local library or a computer lab. Dial-up connectivity will not work effectively for on-line coursework.
July 30 Final Projects / Final Exams – Shawnee State University (Time TBA)
Shawnee State University