Starting this summer, Meredith College will offer a college program for rising 11th and 12th grade women who are interested in STEM. The program will focus on mathematics and science. Students who successfully complete the course will earn three college credit hours from Meredith.
“We have an excellent opportunity at Meredith College to develop a community of STEM learners,” said Julie Kolb, instructor of mathematics and program director. “Summer programs currently exist for elementary and middle school students and our vision is to provide a continuation of those opportunities for high school women.”
STEM Summer College allows students to engage in multi-disciplinary study. Students will take biology, mathematics, or statistical science based on their area of interest. Through the course, participants will take part in an in-depth study of STEM topics. Attendees will practice critical thinking and problem solving that will prepare them for college study, and participate in experiential learning, where they will make connections between academia and the world.
At the conclusion of the program, students will create a poster summarizing what they have learned through their research and present it to classmates, parents, and guests in a poster session on the afternoon of Thursday, July 18.
Posters are widely used in the academic community and are usually a mixture of text, tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. At a poster session, the researcher stands by the poster display while other participants come and view the presentation and interact with the researcher.
“Attending this camp is a great way for high school women to experience college level work in STEM fields firsthand,” said Kolb. “The camp will also offer opportunities for Meredith undergraduate students to mentor STEM Summer College students as they engage in the study of interesting STEM activities,”
This eight-day program will run Monday through Thursday, July 8-18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Women must be entering 11th or 12th grade in the fall of 2019. Each student will earn three college credit hours in IDS 949, Interdisciplinary Studies, after successful completion of the program.
For more information or to register, visit meredith.edu/stem-summer-college.