‘Summer Intensive’ 2007

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Date: Monday, March 19, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Prospective and current University of Hawaii at Hilo students are invited to apply for a four-week summer course designed for students wanting to improve their chances of doing well in introductory college chemistry and mathematics courses.

The Summer Intensive Tutorial Mathematics and Chemistry Bridge course, or ‘Summer Intensive,’ will be held 8:30 am-3:30 pm daily, from June 12 to July 14. The program includes instruction by UH faculty, one-on-one assistance from peer tutors, and weekly field excursions to link classroom exercises to situations students can see and feel. In addition, practicing scientists will share their experience as students and working as science professionals. The overall goal is to give students the confidence they need to succeed in college and to let them know that Hawai’i needs to have its keiki assume leading roles as scientists, engineers, researchers, inventors and teachers.

Students who are highly motivated and who plan to enter UH Hilo in the Fall or are currently enrolled as a UH student interested in a science major are eligible to participate. Students who are from groups that are underrepresented in science professions are strongly encouraged to apply. Tuition is free and students are given a stipend to help compensate for loss of potential earning from summer jobs.

Students who have taken the ‘Summer Intensive’ course in the past say that they gained great confidence. One student commented, “This course heightened my math skills and prepared me to excel at the math entrance exam for my chemistry class the following semester… the course accelerated my math and chemistry skills enough for me to successfully complete science courses.” For an application and information go to http://www2.hawaii.edu/~keaholoa or contact Kamaka Mahi Gunderson at 974-7648 or gkg@hawaii.edu.

The program is funded by the federal government which supports the Keaholoa STEM Program at UH Hilo. Keaholoa partners with Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center and LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) to deliver this summer offering.

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