SAMS Program FAQs Page
· How are students selected to participate in the SAMS Program?
· Is the $50 application fee refundable if I don’t get selected for the program?
· After I submit my application, what is the next step?
· If I attended the program in previous years, do I need to submit an application?
· When will I be notified if I have been accepted?
· Are there any additional expenses once I have been accepted to the SAMS program?
· Am I required to stay on campus?
· Where on campus will I be staying?
· Who will supervise the students while they are staying in the residence hall?
· What other activities will there be in addition to classes?
· What happens if I get sick while in the program?
· Is the $100 enrollment fee refundable if I decide not to attend or leave the program early?
How are students selected to participate in the SAMS Program?
The SAMS program believes that interest in the sciences, along with the motivation to advance present academic skills, proves to be the greatest catalyst for success among our students. This is true regardless of cultural, geographic, or socio-economic background. As such, we place the greatest weight of our decision on these characteristics as ascertained through personal essays, teacher and counselor recommendations, and in-person and telephone interviews. Accepted students would need to also demonstrate adequate progress in their enrolled math and science classes. Students with an array of GPAs are selected and are able to successfully progress in their courses owing to structure and support provided in our program.
Is the $50 application fee refundable if I don’t get selected for the program?
Yes, all checks and money orders are returned to students not accepted into the program.
When I submit my application, what is the next step?
Students and parents are encouraged to call the Program Office (443-885-4374) to receive updates on students' applications and whether all documents have been received by the application deadline. After the deadline, all complete applications will be reviewed and students being considered for acceptance will be invited for in-person/phone/Skype interviews. After this time, decisions will be made on acceptance and all students will be notified.
If I attended the program in previous years, do I need to submit an application?
Students that participated in last year’s program need to only submit their application form, personal essay, updated school transcript and PSAT/SAT/ACT test scores. Recommendation letters are not required. Students that attended the program more than one year ago will need to submit the entire application. The $50 application fee is waived for returning students. The $100 enrollment fee, however, is required.
When will I be notified if I have been accepted?
All students are notified of final decision by mid-May. At this time students and parents will receive forms to confirm the student’s acceptance and to finalize their enrollment in the program.
Are there any additional expenses once I have paid the fee SAMS program?
Once program fees have been paid, students will incur no additional program costs. However, students may wish to have small sums of money to purchase vending snacks and to use the dormitory laundry facilities. (Please note that parents and students will be held liable for any expenses related to damage to university property caused by the student while a participant in the program.)
Am I required to stay on campus?
All students are required to stay on campus for the entire five-weeks, including weekends. An important component of the SAMS program is having participants experience college life through dormitory living.
Where on campus will I be staying?
Students will be housed in the campus dormitories. Two students will be paired to each room. Female students will reside in Blount Towers and males will reside in Rawlings Hall. You can find out more about these facilities by visiting the Office of Residence Life.
Who will supervise the students while they are staying in the residence hall?
Two resident assistants (RAs) are assigned to each dormitory. Female personnel staff female dorms and male personnel staff male dorms. RAs coordinate all residential activities for the students during the week and weekends. They are responsible for students Monday through Friday whenever students are not in class. They remain on call 24-hours on weekends.
What other activities will there be in addition to classes?
In addition to their academic classes, during the program day, students will have the opportunity to engage with university faculty, as well as various scientists and individuals from industry. Students will have science labs and compete in mini science competitions. There will also be workshops on various professional development and college preparation topics like financial literacy, resume writing, financial aid for college, etc. In the evenings, resident assistants will engage students in a variety of extracurricular activities.
Students will have the opportunity to go on field trips at the end of each week. Trips are chosen that complement the STEM theme for the week.
What happens if I get sick while in the program?
If a student is not well enough to participate in a scheduled activity, the student will be required to visit the campus health center for evaluation. Pending the outcome of this evaluation, a parent/guardian may be asked to pick up their ill student. Additionally, students who experience repeated or serious illness will be required to return home for evaluation by their family physician, and will not be allowed to return to the program until written medical clearance is received from a licensed medical professional.
Is the $100 enrollment fee refundable if I decide not to attend or leave the program early?
No, the $100 enrollment fee is non-refundable.