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ECSU Welcomes 2009 VA-NC LSAMP

Bridge Program

July 2009 – Elizabeth City, NC

Elizabeth City State University welcomed 29 new freshmen from across the eastern seaboard of the US to this year’s VA-NC LSAMP Bridge Program. Participants were selected out of  67 applicants based on their High School Grade Point Average, SAT/ ACT test scores, their expressed interest in the STEM fields and their community stewardship. Selected students participated in 4 weeks of intense residential training designed to provide both an orientation to university life and to serve as a preparation for the next 4 years pursuing degrees in mathematics, science, technology or engineering.  The Summer Bridge Program offers incoming students opportunities for building relationships, honing skills, and strengthening attitudes that will set students up for success. Participants interacted with ECSU student mentors, faculty, staff, and alumni in a variety of activities, including:

  • Faculty-led academic workshops in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, technology, computer science and aviation. Demonstrations and discussions of applications and research opportunities as human activity based on intellectual application through in investigation.A field Trip to expand student's learning beyond the walls of the classroom into a living laboratory in which learning is acquired through active hands-on experience with the rich resources of the local community.Team building exercises with upper-class mentoring students within the theory and practice of organizational developmentA barbeque with students, faculty, staff, and alumniScheduled recreation and relaxation time
  • Weekly guest lecturers from different professions including cardiology, military aviation, engineering and computer science.

Students were enrolled in a 3-hour college algebra course to provide them with a head-start on their degrees and to give them a taste of college academics. Each week was crammed with subject specific lectures, demonstrations and hands-on problem solving. Participants were introduced to principles of research and teamwork that culminated in a power-point presentation competition. The team members with best overall (gold) Research Paper and Power Point presentation entitled: “The Pros and Cons of Stem Cell Research” presented by Ms. Winnie Harrell, Ms. Tracie Tann, Ms. Melody Taylor, Ms. Brittany Whidbee, and Mr. Brynson Barnes were awarded $300.00 scholarships. The team with the second best (silver) presentation entitled: “Technological Advancements and the Effect on Wildlife” received $200.00 scholarships (Mr. Tremaine Williams, Ms. Latricia Dancy, Mr. John Haefka, Ms. Tyler Henry and Ms. Rakea Joyner). The bronze winners presented: “Genetics and its Effect on Sexual Orientation”. Ms. Christina Baker, Ms. Shalonte Bright, Ms. Sherika Miller, Ms. Ashley Price and Ms. Lonisha Whidbee received $100.00 scholarships. Additionally, all students received a $700.00 participation stipend, membership in the ECSU AMP Club and return engagements to ECSU in Mid-August to begin their freshman year of college. Congratulations to all participants and welcome to Elizabeth City State University, home of the Vikings.

Warren E. Poole

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