Two Summer Bridge Programs: Preparing Students For Academics And Beyond

  • Tina Bell George Mason University
  • Ben Dreyfus George Mason University
  • Rebecca Jones George Mason University
  • Kelly Knight George Mason University
  • Mary Nelson George Mason University
  • Julia Nord George Mason University

Abstract

Location: Dewberry Hall

Many students who enter the College of science, particularly women and underrepresented minority students do not stay in the College.

The College of Science runs 2 multi-day residential bridge programs over the summer to prepare STEM students for their college experience. Math Readiness and STEM Boot Camp are designed to prepare students for the rigors of university academic work while introducing them to campus, introducing non-academic skills (e.g., time management) that are important for college success, and building a supportive cohort before they begin their university experience. The Math Readiness Camp focuses on helping students who have not placed into their desired math course review the necessary mathematics while making sure that they end up in the math course that is appropriate for their level of preparation. The STEM Bootcamp has 2 tracks, a biology/chemistry track and a math/physics/engineering track. This camp provides a range of academic experiences that includes lectures, college-level labs, and a STEM challenge. The students who participate in these Camps have commented on how they experience has helped them “make friends, create bonds with my future professors, and refresh my math skills, all before I even started my first semester!” Participants will learn about this unique program on campus that combines academic and non-academic support to students.

Author Biographies

Tina Bell, George Mason University

College of Science

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Accelerator/Biology

Ben Dreyfus, George Mason University

College of Science

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Accelerator/Physics and Astronomy 

Rebecca Jones, George Mason University

College of Science

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Accelerator /Chemistry

Kelly Knight, George Mason University

College of Science

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Accelerator /Forensic Science

Mary Nelson, George Mason University

College of Science

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Accelerator /Math

Julia Nord, George Mason University

**2017 University Teaching Excellence Award Winners**

**4-VA Grant Recipient **

College of Science

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Accelerator/Geology

Published
2019-08-01
Section
4:15pm-5:30pm POSTER SESSION (Group B- 4:45-5:15pm)