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Message from Dean Giordano – July 2019

Published: 07/16/2019

By: Dean Giordano

Auburn University is a land-grant university, which means that teaching, research, and service are all important parts of our core mission. This third element is a key focus over the summer months in the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM).

During what is normally a less busy time on campus, COSAM is bustling with students of all ages and their teachers as well. Our entire college works together to provide valuable services to our community through outreach and educational programs.

The Science Matters Camp is a summer academy that creates a positive experience for elementary school students and prevents the negative effects of summer slide. These students have an opportunity to learn about science through fun experiments and engaging classroom presentations.    

Curious Curator Camps highlight natural history and help middle school students understand the importance of museum collections.  

The Summer Science Institute encourages high-achieving high school students to explore different fields of science through hands-on experiments in labs. These students complete this program with experience on a major university campus, and the knowledge of how to conduct experiments paired with the ability to analyze the results.

The Summer Bridge Program brings out potential within our incoming freshmen, especially those that are first-generation college students. This experience provides a solid support framework to ensure a smooth transition amid the challenges of a new environment.

These are just a few of our summer programs that serve students and teachers from across the state.

I want to thank everyone who helps to make our summer outreach efforts possible. These programs provide support for K-12 teachers, enrichen the infrastructure of our community’s education system, embody the mission of a land-grant institution, and most importantly promote a lifelong love for science.

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