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The purpose of STEP to Success at West Virginia State University is to increase the number of graduates receiving baccalaureate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) over a five-year period using grant funding provided by the National Science Foundation. According to Pew Research Center, over 60% of tomorrow’s high-wage, high-demand jobs will be in the STEM areas. The STEP to Success program will support this increase in graduates through focused recruiting, early academic support, and ongoing mentoring and student engagement.
STEP to Success has 10 concurrent initiatives to increase STEM enrollment at WVSU. These include a five-week, credit-bearing residential summer bridge program to address common deficiencies in mathematics, longitudinal learning communities to establish a system of major-oriented peer support, and peer-led supplemental instruction to improve student performance in freshman- and sophomore-level courses in the STEM programs. Ongoing mentoring and student engagement will build on the University’s prior success in placing students in undergraduate research positions and internships with university faculty and regional STEM-related employers.
The STEP to Success Program is expected to increase enrollment of first-time freshmen in STEM majors by 20% and increase year-to-year retention by 10 percentage points, producing 16 additional STEM graduates per year by the end of the five-year award period, including at least 10 per year from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM.
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What are the benefits of the Summer Bridge Program?

The Summer Bridge Program at West Virginia State University is free to all participants, and it is a good opportunity for students who want to improve math skills in college algebra. The program offers personalized contact with instructors so students have more one-on-one contact in case they have any problems in the program. The Summer Bridge Program is also a great opportunity to meet new people and participate in exciting out of classroom experiences. In addition, students can earn a stipend of $1000 for successful completion of the program.

What are the application requirements for the Summer Bridge Program?

Applicants must meet the following requirements to participate in the Summer Bridge Program:
  • The student must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident.
  • The student must have an ACT mathematics score of 18 to 20 (or equivalent) or ACT mathematics score of 17 and an ACT English score of 18 or above.
  • The student must be admitted to West Virginia State University with a declared major in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, or engineering.

How much does the Summer Bridge Program cost?

A grant from the National Science Foundation provides funding for most of the program. Below are some of the items that we cover:
  • Tuition and books for college algebra.
  • Room and board if you decide to stay on campus during the program.
  • Exciting fieldtrips throughout the Kanawha Valley.
  • $1000 stipend for successful completion of the program.

 Do I need to stay on campus for the Summer Bridge Program?

Students have a choice of staying on campus. Cost of your stay is covered by the program.

 What is the Summer Bridge Program schedule?

Please click here to view the schedule for the Summer Bridge Program at West Virginia State University.
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Welcome to the 2016 Summer Bridge Program. Tentative start date for the program is July11, 2016. All costs of this program including student stipends are covered by a grant from NSF. 

Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Program at West Virginia State University is a free four-week program open to students registered at West Virginia State University with a declared major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The Summer Bridge Program starts July 11, 2016 and provides students with an opportunity to have a head start on the college education, especially to provide a good background in mathematics. The major focus of the program is the opportunity to earn credit for MATH 119 (Algebraic Methods) – a prerequisite for many science classes. This is a full-time program. Although the focus of the program is math, students also participate in fun activities such as going to movies, fieldtrips, and more. 

All your costs including tuition, text books, accommodation and food are covered for the duration of the program. In addition, students who successfully complete the program will earn a stipend of $1000.

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Another key component of the STEP to Success grant is Supplemental Instruction. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions offered by SI leaders to students taking courses with high levels of difficulty. SI is available to any student who wants to improve their understanding of course material in an effort to improve their grades.
Attendance at SI sessions is voluntary, but for students it is a chance to interact with others in your class that allows you to compare notes, discuss important concepts, develop strategies for studying, and quiz each other before your professor does.
SI leaders guide students through these activities at each SI session. SI leaders are current students and they share the knowledge that they learned over the years about how to study. SI leaders know the course content and are anxious to assist others. SI leaders attend class each day hearing what you hear and reading what you read; however, SI leaders do not lecture you. The SI leaders help you think about the lectures you heard and the books you read, and then put it all together during an SI review sessions so you can learn it more efficiently.
Each SI leader establishes 2-3 review sessions per week at times that are best for the majority of the students who wish to attend. You can attend as many sessions as you want, but each one is different because you always have new material to discuss. SI review sessions are informal so bring your notes, textbook, and your questions.
Make plans now to attend the SI sessions to develop a better understanding of course content as well as more effective ways to study which will also help you in other classes.
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Dr. Michael Fultz

STEP to Success Project Director
217 Hamblin Hall
(304) 766-3106

Dr. Xiaohong Zhang
Supplemental Instruction Program Coordinator
717 Wallace Hall
(304) 766-3398

Dr. Upali Karunathilake
Summer Math Bridge Program Coordinator
818 Wallace Hall
(304) 766-3244

Summer Bridge Program Application

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