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George Mason LSAMP Program News:

During the summer of 2009, twenty students enrolled in the two-week Bridge Program, which was divided into two sessions.  The focus of the morning session was on strengthening math and critical thinking skills. Students attended two math and physics oriented lectures, which resembled demanding college courses, and a math fundamentals reinforcing tutorial.  Prior to their enrollment in the program, participants were required to take the math placement test, and many did not place in the desired math course.  After retaking the math placement test during the latter part of the second week of the bridge program, most of these students attained the prerequisite math placement test score for calculus.

During the afternoon session, students were introduced to different academic success strategies and life skills, as well as to academic support services the university provides.  The workshops covered a broad area, and included those provided by the Learning Services Office (e.g., exam strategies, listening and note taking, overcoming procrastination, math anxiety); Career Services (e.g., resume building, interview attitude, job searching). Well-being and safety related offices providing information on important topics such as nutrition, financial aid, stress management, and personal safety. Presentations were also given by representatives from the Peer Advisor Program, Math Tutoring Center, and REU student participants.

SHPE, NSBE, and Mason Amp student organizations hosted a cookout to introduce themselves to the bridge students.  Members of these organizations will serve as mentors for Bridge 2009 and other new Mason LSAMP students enrolling during the fall 2009. Some Bridge students signed up for membership in one or more of these student organizations.

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