Broadening Access to Science: Programs Elsewhere
In summer 2006, Lisa Short and Sara Lopez (2005 Science Scholars, '09) searched the web sites of the top liberal arts colleges and research universities (as ranked by US News & World Report) for programs that broaden access to science. Their work was supported by Carleton's Science Education Resource Center (SERC) and our HHMI grant. Mary Savina (Geology) and Trish Ferrett (Chemistry) supervised the project. We hope the resources below will aid our efforts to expand and integrate programming at Carleton.
Liberal Arts CollegeWilliams College. Summer Science Program (SSP) for incoming first-year students. Contact: Professor Chip Lovett, Program Director
Pomona College. Irvine Summer Scholars Enrichment Program (SSEP), pre-college program for high school students. Contact: Maria Tucker.
- Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP). A multi-year multiple component program for Haverford students. Contact: Jeff Tecosky-Feldman.
Founded in 1980, the Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP), originally named the Minority Science Scholars Program, offered guidance and support for minority students majoring in the Natural Sciences at Haverford College. As a result of great success, in 1988, MSP expanded to include students majoring in Humanities or Social Sciences.
Today, MSP is led by three faculty members, Jeff Tecosky-Feldman of the Math department, Andrea Morris of the Biology Department, and James Krippner of the History Department. There are currently eleven student coordinators that run a series of workshops throughout the semester geared towards primarily freshmen MSP members. These workshops cover a variety of important school related issues such as time management, graduate applications and study skills. Other important aspects of the MSP include the buddy program, peer tutoring, a variety of opportunities such as workstudy positions in labs, Breaking A Way Into Science and other summer research placements.
The goal of the Multicultural Scholars Program is to offer guidance, support and a variety of opportunites to Haverford minority students in the hopes of helping students to not only succeed academically in their four years at Haverford, but also in the hopes of fostering future success in graduate schools and career plans.
- Minorities as Student Teachers (MAST). An outreach program to local middle and high schools, involves Haverford students as teachers. Contact: Robert Fairman, Director, Science Program.
The MAST Program is a long-standing outreach program that provides laboratory experience and writing tutorials for 40-50 Philadelphia area high school and middle school students who come from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. Haverford College students prepare the course curricula, devise and teach the scientific labs, and work one-on-one with high school and middle school students as tutors. Haverford College faculty advisers for this program are Professors Robert Fairman, Maud McInerney and Kate Heston. The outreach MAST Program is designed to give students the opportunity to experience first-hand the exciting world of college while improving their scientific observation, thinking and communication skills.
- Haverford Summer Science Institute. Five-week summer program in science for incoming first-year students. Contact: Jeff Tecosky-Feldman, Director
The Haverford Summer Science Institute (HSSI) is an intensive, five-week introduction to college-level science study for incoming first-year students. With the participation of 15 Haverford professors and staff members, HSSI students work in seminar-like courses and lab modules in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Writing. This residential program gives students broad exposure to the richness of the study of science at Haverford, and an opportunity to hone their critical thinking skills in a supportive environment. HSSI seeks highly-motivated students who come from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in science, or from families with little or no college experience.