Wesleyan Physical Sciences and Math Scholars Program

Pre-Matriculation WesMaSS Program


Summer Residential Component (July 23-28, 2017)
Up to 10 Scholars will be invited to campus for an intensive introduction to studying science at Wesleyan.  Each student will be assigned a faculty mentor/advisor and will participate in a number of cohort building activities.  Students will attend several meetings of a quantitative science mini-course offered by a faculty member.  As part of the course, they will work on assignments similar to those that are encountered during the semester and attend group study sessions with a Teaching Assistant.  Students will also attend workshops focused on successfully adjusting to the expectations for academic work at Wesleyan and on becoming familiar with the range of resources available.   There will also be a number of opportunities for interacting with with the other students on campus.  The program will culminate in attending the Undergraduate Science Research Symposium, a day-long event that features a keynote lecture by a prominent scientist and a poster session of the undergraduate scientific research projects carried out over the summer.  After the on-campus experience, residential program Scholars will be expected to participate in the same on-line and on-campus activities as the other Scholars.
 
Participants in the WesMaSS Summer Residential Program will be provided with housing, meals, and travel expenses to and from campus for the program.
 
Summer Online Component (July 31-August 11, 2017)
All Scholars participate in an on-line (virtual) bridge program.  Scholars will enrollin two of three introductory math or science short courses through Moodle, Wesleyan’s online learning management system. They will view 3-4 digitally recorded lectures per course and submit short problem set assignments similar to those they will encounter during the academic year.  Teaching Assistants will provide detailed feedback and commentary on their performance and offer advice to prepare the Scholars for the expectations in Wesleyan courses.  Additional on-line resources for making the most of the first semester will be made available.