UC summer camp promotes STEM
Mon, September 16, 2019
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This summer the Dr. Edward N. Prather Summer Bridge program is helping 52 students prepare for their academic careers at the University of Cincinnati.
In its 31st year, UC’s Summer Bridge program helps prepare incoming, underrepresented students by focusing on their skills in math, physics, chemistry, biology and English along with general college readiness skills such as time management and critical thinking.
The Summer Bridge program, which is one of the first steps in helping underrepresented students maintain their course to a degree in science or engineering, reflects UC’s commitment to inclusive excellence, as outlined in its strategic direction, Next Lives Here.
The 2019 cohort includes 35 College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) students, 14 McMicken College of Arts and Sciences students and three College of Allied Health Sciences students, who will take part in the seven-week, on-campus, residential program.
Along with a focus on academic preparedness, the Summer Bridge program prepares students for their professional life. Each week, students learn from site visits to the program’s corporate sponsors: Atricure, Siemens, P&G, GE, Ethicon, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Marathon Petroleum. While engaging with the professionals at each sponsor, students also receive information on internship and co-op opportunities.
The program also connects incoming students with program alumni, helps students develop professional skills and eases their transition from high school to college. The goal is to build a community of learners who can help each other with the science and engineering curriculum.
The Dr. Edward N. Prather Summer Bridge program is one of several programs offered by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement (IECE) within CEAS.
IECE strives to empower individuals to transform their lives and achieve their highest potential by offering programs, services and scholarships that will enhance learning and lead to their success.
Learn more about additional programs, community events, and resources at the IECE website.