AUBURN – A group of 22 highly motivated incoming Auburn freshmen is on campus this month for the 15th annual Summer Bridge Program hosted by the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
The four-week residential program kicked off June 5, and will engage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in sciences, mathematics and engineering in activities designed to help them make a smooth transition from high school to the Auburn campus.
The program will provide pre-freshmen with the academic growth and social support needed to excel in their chosen career paths. Emphasis is on academic enrichment, enhancement of study and time-management skills, community and network building and career awareness. Activities include sciences and mathematics lectures and workshops and field trips to research, health care and industrial sites.
An example of a community service field trip Bridge program participants will experience is a visit to a Boys and Girls Club to interact with club members as they perform hands-on science experiments. While Boys and Girls Club members learn about science, Bridge students will be strengthening their self-confidence and leadership skills.
Since the program’s inception in 1997, more than 400 students have participated and many have graduated in the STEM disciplines which include sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics.
For more information about Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, go to http://www.auburn.edu/cosam.
(Written by Candis Birchfield.)