The Summer Academy of Mathematics and Science (SAMS) is a rigorous academic enrichment program designed to foster excitement, among high school students, in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Students reside for five-weeks on the campus of Morgan State University and attend mathematics, computer science, English, and professional development classes. The ultimate goal of the SAMS program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented communities who pursue math and science-related majors in college and, ultimately, math and science-related careers. However, SAMS welcomes any student who is passionate about math and science, is motived to excel academically, and wishes to spend an exciting summer learning with a group of like-minded peers.
SAMS students attend mathematics classes each day, Monday through Saturday, during the five-week program. English and computer science meet daily Monday through Friday. Math placement decisions determined by program staff and are based on a diagnostic exam given on the first day of class. Accelerated courses are available.
In addition to mathematics, English and computer coursework, students participate in laboratory experiments, case studies, faculty seminars, hands-on projects, professional development seminars, and other enrichment activities. These activities are designed to enhance the weekly program themes which include actuarial science, biology, chemistry, computational mathematics, engineering and physics.
The benefits of participation in the SAMS program extend well beyond textbook knowledge. Students are able to investigate various careers in mathematics and the sciences, obtain exposure to the rigorous academic environment that is characteristic of these disciplines, acquire important time management and study skills, and also work on their critical thinking, civic awareness, team-building and leadership abilities. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the STEM majors offered by the School of Computer, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences and School of Engineering, including Morgan's Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science, the only such program in the state of Maryland. SAMS students who return to Morgan to pursue the degree may qualify for full tuition scholarships.
SAMS accepts students who are preparing to enter the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades. High school graduates who plan to begin studies in the fall at Morgan's School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences are also welcome to apply. Applicants are selected through a competitive application and interview process.
(Depending on funding, fees may be waived)
There is no cost to apply to SAMS. If accepted, there is a $150 enrollment fee payable by cashier's check or money order to the Morgan State University Foundation. (Depending on funding, fees may be waived.) The enrollment fee will be used to offset the cost of coursework, housing, meals, and field trips for the duration of the five-week program. Students will also be provided with all textbooks required for successful completion of the program. Enrollment fees are non-refundable and must be paid, prior to the start of the program.