Frequently Asked Questions

How are students selected to participate in the SAMS Program?

Is the fee refundable if I don’t get selected for the program.  

When 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?

How much is the SAMS program stipend?

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?

Will students only attend classes?

 

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 regardless of their cultural, geographic or socio-economics backgrounds. As such, we place the greatest weight of our decision on these characteristics as ascertained through personal essays, Teacher & Counselor Recommendations and in-person & telephone interviews. Students accepted 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 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 (443-885-3347) to receive updates on students' applications and whether all documents have been received by the application deadline (March 14th, 2014). After the application 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 and updated school transcript and PSAT/SAT/ACT test scores. Students that attended the program in years other that last year will need to submit the entire application.

  

When will I be notified if I have been accepted?

All students are notified of final decision by the end of April. At this time students and parents will receive forms to confirm the student’s acceptance and to finalize their enrollment in the program.

  

How much is the SAMS program stipend?

Students can earn a base minimum stipend of $300 ($100.00 during the first week of classes ad $200 on program completion) once they meet all academic and behavioral program expectations. Students can earn additional monetary awards by competing in mini science competitions held each week for students along with demonstrating outstanding academic performance in their academic classes.

 

Are there any additional expenses once I have been accepted to the SAMS program?

The SAMS program provides free tuition, housing, meals, textbook and auxiliary academic supplies (calculators, binders, etc) in addition to funding all social activities and field trips for students. Students will be required to bring their own bedding, toiletries and dorm items for their room.

 

Am I required to stay on campus?

All students are required to stay on campus for the six-weeks including weekends. If parents wish, students may leave 6pm on Saturday evenings but must return by 6pm Sunday evenings for mandatory tutoring and homework sessions. Activities such as professional development and financial literacy workshops as well as field trips will be provided for students on Saturdays; participation is mandatory. Most importantly, an important component of the SAMS program is experiencing college life through the various social activities and living with a roommate in your dorm.

 

Where on campus will I be staying?

Female students will reside in the Blount Towers and males will reside in Rawlings Hall. You can find out more of these facilities at the web address below: http://www.morgan.edu/Administration/Student_Affairs/Office_of_Residence_Life/Residence_Halls.html . Two students will be paired to each room and students may request specific roommates if both participants have been accepted into the SAMS program.

 

Who will supervise the students while they are staying in the residence hall?

The residence hall teams for each dorm consists of a Head Resident Assistant (RA), a Daytime RA and an Awake-Overnight RA. Head RAs possess years of counseling and supervisory experience and coordinate all Residential activities for the students during the week and weekends. They remain on call 24hours on weekends. RAs take charge of all students daily activities and needs (M-F 6:00am-10:00pm) while Awake-Overnight RAs remain on call 10:00pm-6:00am each night. Only female RA personnel staff female dorms and male staff personnel staff male dorms.

 

Will students only attend classes?

Within the program day students will not only attend mathematics, writing and computer science classes but they will also engage with various scientists and individuals from industry; they will have science labs; and compete in mini science competitions each week. In the evenings there will be several extracurricular activities and sports provided for students and they will have the opportunity to go on field trips at the end of each week to complement the work done in classes . Additionally there will be workshops held every Saturday on various professional development and college preparation topics like coordinating your financial aid, FASFA, financial literacy, resume writing, etc. along with visits to various sights and places of interest in Baltimore City.