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 College

Williams College. Summer Science Program (SSP) for incoming first-year students. Contact: Professor Chip Lovett, Program Director
The Williams College Summer Science Program (SSP), which has been in place for two decades, is a five-week program which runs from late June to early August and is meant to immerse students in science before matriculation at Williams. SSP targets members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in the sciences, and the goal of the program is to promote and encourage continuing participation by SSP students in science and science related studies at Williams and ultimately careers in research science and science education. SSP introduces 14-18 participants to both the demands and rigors of the academic year as well as the exceptional science opportunities at Williams College. The program includes weekly lectures in mathematics, chemistry, biology; formal course work in literature and writing; laboratory work in chemistry; and geology fieldwork. In addition, many other co-curricular events and activities provide a full experience for all SSP students. Participants will also meet upperclass Williams students engaged in science research on campus during the summer.

Pomona College. Irvine Summer Scholars Enrichment Program (SSEP), pre-college program for high school students. Contact: Maria Tucker.
The Irvine Summer Scholars Enrichment Program (SSEP) is an intensive 4-week academic program that serves rising high school sophomores through rising seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education-students who are first in their family to attend college, those from low income families and those who are African American or Latino. The program enrolls up to 90 participants from the Los Angeles area and the Inland Empire. Rising 10th graders commute daily and rising 11th and 12th graders live in Pomona's residence halls from Monday thru Friday.

Haverford College.
  • 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.
Grinnell College. Grinnell Science Project . Pre-freshman summer program for incoming Grinnell students. Contact: Mark Schneider ( This site may be offline. ) .
The Grinnell Science Project is committed to developing the talents of all students interested in science and mathematics, especially those from groups underrepresented in the sciences-students of color, first-generation college students, and women in physics, mathematics and computer science. Enrollment is offered to students from under-represented groups who express interest in science or math and who will be first-year students at Grinnell. Our main goal is to help students to get an effective start at Grinnell. Students participate in the Program in three ways: 1) a pre-orientation in mid-August before New Student Orientation week, 2) special meetings and activities throughout the academic year, and 3) research opportunities for students.