Inspiring Scholars Days

Attention High School Teachers and Administrators!

The CWIT, Meyerhoff, and Sherman Scholars Programs invite high school teachers and administrators to bring your students to the UMBC campus during the Spring semester for a unique experience custom designed for academically-talented juniors who have an interest in careers and graduate study in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

During your Inspiring Scholars Day, which will be scheduled on a day convenient to your schedule and ours, students and teachers will learn more about our merit scholarships in the STEM fields.  Students will visit labs, meet STEM UMBC Scholars, and learn how to best compete for merit scholarships, as well as for the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, Sherman Scholars Program, and Center for Women in Technology (CWIT) Scholars Program.

Meyerhoff, Sherman, and CWIT Scholars are supported with intensive academic and career advising and professional development experiences, and they receive $5,000 to $22,000 in financial support.  Summer Bridge, Living Learning Communities, research, internships, and fellowships are integral components of these students’ careers while at UMBC.  The divergence among these scholar programs is in career goals.  Meyerhoff scholars pursue doctoral study in the sciences or engineering or medical degrees concurrently with a doctoral degree. Sherman scholars enter the workforce as highly qualified and prepared classroom teachers. CWIT scholars enter the workforce as IT and engineering professionals.

In tandem with this program for students, there will be an opportunity for chaperones to meet with UMBC administrators and faculty to discuss existing possibilities and to enhance your efforts to prepare your students to be more academically successful and competitive college applicants.

The following is an agenda that represents a comprehensive visit, which can be modified as needed and desired:

9:00-9:15am: Welcome

9:15-10:15am:  Lab tours (three, representing different disciplines)

10:15-11:00am: (Students) Meyerhoff, Sherman, and CWIT Program overviews

10:15-11:00am: (Chaperones) Administrator/Faculty discussion – then rejoin students

11:00-12:00pm: Scholar Q&A panel (over lunch)

12:00-12:30pm: Admissions presentation

12:30-1:00pm: Campus tour

We encourage high school teachers and administrators to identify up to 60 students from among your high schools who would benefit from Inspiring Scholars Day.  In addition to those students who are high-achieving and interested in attending study in a STEM field, we hope you will bring those for whom the experience would be additional encouragement to attend a college or university after they graduate from high school.

Based on UMBC’s class schedule, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are best for us, although we will do our best to plan an outstanding program for you should your visit fall on a Tuesday or Thursday; additionally, we ask that you select a visit date between Jan-April 2013.  When planning your visit, please consider all of your lunch options.  You can either have students bring their food from home, order from an off-campus source, or cater with one of our on-campus catering services (we will provide you with contact information). Lastly, you may be eligible for a transportation grant through Target’s Field Trip Grant program.

Please visit https://sites.google.com/a/umbc.edu/stemscholars/ for contact information.