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UCO Program 'Bridges the Gap' for Incoming Math and Science Freshmen

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Feb. 28, 2019

Media Contact: Sarah Ward, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2106, sward24@uco.edu

UCO Program 'Bridges the Gap' for Incoming Math and Science Freshmen

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Mathematics and Science is accepting applications through March 29 for Summer Bridge@UCO, a paid research program for incoming college freshmen designed to ease the transition from high school to postsecondary coursework for students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.

“Summer Bridge@UCO provides an opportunity for students who are interested in STEM education and research to have an early start. Through the summer and follow-up research activities, they will establish long-term relationships with faculty mentors and pursue cutting-edge research at UCO,” said Wei R. Chen, Ph.D., dean of UCO’s College of Mathematics and Science.

Participants in the three-week program set for July 8-26 work with College of Mathematics and Science faculty in an intensive research environment. Students get exposure to university-level teaching and research activities in Central’s laboratories and in the field.

The 2019 Summer Bridge@UCO research focuses include the study of laser immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer, stem cell biology, operations research and marine natural product drug discovery.

Campus housing and meals are available at no cost for the duration of the program and all students receive a stipend for their participation.

Summer Bridge@UCO applicants must be admitted to UCO as a fall 2019 freshman with a STEM major and plan to enroll in and attend classes at UCO. The following UCO majors qualify:  biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering and physics (including biomedical engineering), or mathematics and statistics. Forensic Science majors who have a second major in one of the qualifying disciplines will be considered for the program

For more information or to apply, visit www.uco.edu/cms/summer-bridge or contact UCO’s Office of Sponsored Programs in the College of Mathematics and Science at 405-974-5150 or cmsosp@uco.edu.

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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma College of Mathematics and Science is now accepting applications for Summer Bridge@UCO, a paid research program for incoming college freshmen designed to ease the transition from high school to postsecondary coursework for students majoring in STEM fields. Pictured is a UCO student working in one of the campus labs.