Diversity News

On May 1st, the Promoting Academic Success for Students (PASS) Mentoring Program held its 5th Annual Recognition Luncheon. The luncheon focused on “Mentorship Matters.” Mentors and mentees dropped –in to be recognized for a great 2014-15 year. Awards were distributed to each participant in the program. The Mentor of the Year Award was awarded to an outstanding mentor. To receive the award, a student being mentored had to submit a nomination form detailing the reasons why their mentor should be chosen. This year’s winner is Brittany Gamble. She was nominated by here mentee, Victoria Roberson. Ms. Roberson stated:

Diversity in Sciences Living-Learning Community The Diversity in Sciences Living-Learning Community (LLC) is open to incoming freshmen that are underrepresented students in sciences and mathematics disciplines. Programming offered during the academic year supports the development of scholars who are prepared to pursue STEM graduate and professional education and enter the STEM workforce. Residents participate in a variety of academic, personal development and career exploration activities intended to build a sense of community and increase understanding of STEM disciplines.

The Summer Program is an exhaustive four-week academic enrichment and residential program designed to help students understand and adjust to the unique university culture as the first step in a successful start as freshmen at Auburn University. The program is designed to bridge the gap between high school and college by providing these students with tools needed in order to succeed and graduate in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology curricula at Auburn University.

Kristine Ramsay and Dedrick Ford, graduate students interning in the COSAM Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association Conference taking place February 25-28, 2015 in Sarasota, FL. The interns presented a session on “Sustained Dialogue: The Importance of an Undergraduate Survival Seminar Series.” The authors of the session were Dr. Bianca Evans, Kristine Ramsay, and Dedrick Ford. The research on non-cognitive factors will continue thru the Spring 2015 semester.

2015 Summer Bridge Program Applications due March 15th

The COSAM Summer Bridge Program is an intensive four-week residential program for talented and highly motivated minority students who want to get a head start in their college career. This program, which takes place on the main campus of Auburn University, emphasizes academic preparedness, development and enhancement of study and time management skills, establishment of academic and social support and career awareness. Chemistry and Mathematics faculty, graduate teaching assistants, counselors and academic advisors will staff the program. Applications must be post-marked by March 15, 2015.

PASS Mentoring Program Members Reconnected on Feb 8th

On February 8th, members of the PASS Mentoring Program met in Science Center Classrooms Building room 115 to reconnect mentors and mentees.

Tutoring for Spring 2015 begins on January 20, 2015.

Tutoring is provided in the Drop-In Center Workrooms on Monday-Thursday, 1 pm-5 pm in Room 216 and 218 in the Science Center Classrooms Building. Student tutors provide help in the Biology (1020, 1030, 2500), Chemistry (1010, 1020, 1030, 1040, 1110, 1120, 2030, 2070, 2080), Mathematics (1120, 1150, 1610, 1620, 2630, 2650, 2660), and Physics (1500, 1510, 1600, 1610, 2100, 2200). There is no charge for tutoring.

Annual Minority Visitation day a success.

COSAM’s Annual Minority High School Visitation Day was held Oct. 10, in the Auburn Student Center Ballroom. This event was designed to provide a forum where minority juniors, seniors, and transfers have an opportunity to learn more about the sciences and mathematics disciplines, including pre-health, and to obtain first hand information regarding the application process, financial aid and scholarship opportunities at Auburn University. The program included a welcome from Nicholas Giordano, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and greetings from Timothy Boozinger, Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs. Campus-based representatives included administrators, faculty advisors and student representatives for a campus browse sessions. Other activities included presentations by the Offices of University Recruitment and University Scholarships, COSAM academic advisors, Greek Life and a student panel. In addition, students learned about the academic and social support provided by COSAM’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. A guided tour of the campus capped the Day’s activities.

PASS Orientation held September 21st

PASS, our peer mentoring program, held training on September 21, 2014.

Time Management Seminar held September 8th

As part of the Undergraduate Survival Guide Series, the first Lunch and Learn Seminar was “Time Management.”

HS Visitation Day Registration Deadline October 3rd

We are pleased to invite you to our Annual Minority High School Visitation Day to be held on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 8:30 AM until 2:30 PM CST in the Auburn University Student Center. This event is being sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM).

PASS Mentoring Program needs Mentors

We are currently soliciting applications from outstanding and caring upperclassmen to serve as peer mentors in the 2014-15 PASS Mentoring Program. Additionally, we are seeking applications from incoming Freshmen or Transfer students to serve as mentees in the program. Therefore, we invite you to complete the application for the 2014-2015 year and become a part of this program.

COSAM Summer Bridge Program a Success

Twenty-eight participants were selected to attend the 2014 Summer Bridge program (June 1-26, 2014). Six males and 22 female students participated in and completed the program. Since female students are outnumbering the male students in higher education, the Summer Bridge program will continue to diligently recruit highly motivated, African-American males in an effort to curtail the rapidly declining college enrollment of this demographic group. Participants were from five states: Alabama (15), Florida (1), Georgia (10), Illinois (1), and Tennessee (1). Twenty six of the students plan to major in pre-professional programs or curricula in Mathematics and Sciences, and two plan to major in Engineering.

COSAM hosts Minority High School Visitation Day

The COSAM annual Minority High School Visitation Day was held Oct. 18, in the Auburn Student Center ballroom. Publicized as a capstone event for college-bound junior and senior high school students, the 2013 event attracted many enthusiastic students, parents and guardians, and high school counselors. The event received an “outstanding rating” from students, parents and participating Auburn University staff. High schools represented included Auburn, Opelika, Loachapoka, Daphne, LAMP, Oak Mountain, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate and Robert E. Lee, and counselors representing several Georgia schools. Nearly 100 individuals registered on site. Registrants included local presenters, and guests and visitors from 20 high schools in Alabama and Georgia. Of those surveyed, 83 perecent said they are applying to Auburn University.

2013 COSAM Visitation Day Registration Deadline October 11, 2013

We invite you to our Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) Minority High School Visitation Day on October 18, 2013 in the AU Student Center from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm CST.

COSAM programs ranked among best in the nation

In a recent edition of the newsmagazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, the Top 100 Degree Producer rankings of institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students was published. Auburn University received a top 100 ranking in 26 categories, including 49th for biological and biomedical sciences degrees and 53rd for degrees in mathematics and statistics. Other rankings include seventh in undergraduate degrees awarded to African American engineering students; 14th in architecture and related services; 23rd in foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics; 25th in agriculture and related sciences; and 44th for finance and financial management. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education is a newsmagazine focusing on matters of access and opportunity for all in higher education.

PASS Mentoring Program Update

Members of the Promoting Academic Success for Students (PASS) Peer Mentoring Program participated in an event to bring together friends, fellowship, and service on Jan. 21st.

K!DSPARK held Jan. 19 in Birmingham, AL

The 2013 K!dspark Conference “Explore the Future and Plan for Success” was held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at George Washington Carver High School in Birmingham, AL.

Auburn University hosted residential science program for incoming freshmen

A group of 22 highly motivated incoming Auburn freshmen were on campus this summer during the month of June for the 15th annual Summer Bridge Program hosted by the College of Sciences and Mathematics. The four-week residential program kicked off June 5, and engaged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in sciences, mathematics and engineering in activities designed to help them make a smooth transition from high school to the Auburn campus.