High School Students Learn More About STEM Programs During High School Visitation Day
More than 100 high school juniors and seniors, along with their parents, took the opportunity to learn more about everything Auburn University has to offer during the recent Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) High School Visitation Day. The event took place on Monday, October 29, in the Auburn University Student Center.
The event, sponsored by the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) and Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, included information to prospective students about financial services, housing, scholarships and more. The day also featured information from departments such as the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity and the Academic Excellence program, to provide student support information.
The event, which is hosted twice each year, is geared towards underrepresented STEM students, such as ethnic minorities, women and rural high school students.
“These are students who may not always be the target for recruitment, or students that may not completely know what it is that they want to do,” said Dr. Kimberly Mulligan, director of the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity.
The day began with information for the students from several offices including Admissions, Financial Aid and University Scholarships. The students then had several chances to learn more about each college and support programs at Auburn University.
One aspect of the day that the students seemed to enjoy was the student panel. The panel consisted of five students from COSAM and the College of Engineering during which they answered questions and shared experiences about study habits, housing, work opportunities and more.
Alexis Stokes, a pre-med junior majoring in Biomedical Science, shared her reason for choosing to attend Auburn University.
“I felt like Auburn had so many opportunities,” she said, as she boasted about the COSAM Pre-Health program and the support she has received from the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity.
Dan Magee and his daughter, Caroline, attended the Visitation Day event and Magee said the student panel was a highlight of the day.
“I thought the student panel was great,” he said. “Having real students up there sharing their experiences was helpful.”
The day concluded with a walking tour of the Auburn University campus.
Dr. Mulligan said that this event is an important day for students interested in STEM programs at Auburn University.
“There is a lot that goes into making sure a STEM student is successful,” she said. “We want to expose the students who think they want to go into STEM to all of the different facets and different disciplines within engineering and the sciences and mathematics. We also want to have them meet with people they may potentially connect with if they chose to come to Auburn.”