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Learn About STEM Careers

Students build a balsa wood robotic arm and tower as part of an engineering course during last year's UNITE program.

Develop an Appreciation for Teamwork

Students pose for a photograph at the NASA Marshal Space Flight Center, one of several trips taken during last year's UNITE program.

Reach Your Goals

Students scale a wall during a visit to the NASA Marshal Space Flight Center.

Complete Rigorous Academic Courses

During an engineering course, students work on a balsa wood robotic arm and tower.

UNITE: June 5 - June 30, 2017

 

Mission

UNITE pictureThe ASU UNITE Program is a pre-collegiate four-week summer program. This full-day program is designed to attract the attention and pique the interest of high school sophomores who are intrigued about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


Goal 

The overall goal of the Alabama State University UNITE program will be two-fold: (1) Students will learn about the career opportunities in STEM fields with a focus on improving the subject content knowledge relevant to these fields; and (2) Students will identify and work on developing the academic and personal skills necessary to prepare for collegiate study.


Specific Objectives (Expectations of Students)

  • Learn information about career opportunities in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.
  • Complete a rigorous academic program in mathematics, science, communications, computer technology, and basic engineering.Unite pic
  • Engage in learning activities to improve performance in the basic educational skills necessary for academic and career development and success—i.e. communication, information, and quantitative literacy skills.
  • Engage in learning opportunities designed to improve study skills and test-taking skills and to enhance personal development.
  • Learn information about career opportunities in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.
  • Complete a rigorous academic program in mathematics, science, communications, computer technology, and basic engineering.
  • Engage in learning activities to improve performance in the basic educational skills necessary for academic and career development and success—i.e. communication, information, and quantitative literacy skills.
  • Engage in learning opportunities designed to improve study skills and test-taking skills and to enhance personal development.


The Curriculum

unite pictureThe Alabama State University UNITE curriculum is designed to prepare high school sophomores for promising careers in various STEM industries. The curriculum incorporates academic, professional and social skills development by integrating course assignments, objectives and enrichment activities. Field excursions and on-site visits to various STEM-related entities will allow for full immersion of the program’s goals and objectives.

 

 


Student Criteria

The criteria for the selection process includes the following:

  • Students must be in the 10th grade for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students must submit a letter of recommendation from the principal and one teacher at the school they attend.
  • Students must submit scores on standardized tests taken while enrolled at the school.
  • Students must submit a brief essay explaining their interest in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology, their familiarity with careers in these fields, why they want to participate in the project, and how the program can assist in meeting their career goals.

A screening committee composed of university faculty, staff, and representatives from the schools will review applications and select fifteen (15) students for the program.
 

 

Apply Now

Apply online for the 2017 UNITE program.

Important Information

All transcripts, test scores, and STEM essays should be forwarded to our office at:

ATTN: Carl S. Pettis, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
PO Box 271
915 S. Jackson St.
Montgomery, AL 36101

Contact Us

Division of Continuing Education & Department of Mathematics and Computer Science 

Pettis Carl
Dr. Carl Pettis
Youth Director
334-229-4465
cpettis@alasu.edu

Michelle Foster
Dr. Michelle Foster
Assistant Youth Director
334-229-6842
mfoster@alasu.edu

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