Summer Academy of Mathematics and Science
The Summer Academy of Mathematics and Science (SAMS) program 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 six-weeks on the campus of Morgan State University and attend mathematics, computer science, 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 and computer science each day, Monday through Friday, during the six-week program. Math placement decisions are based on a diagnostic exam given on the first day of class. Accelerated courses are available. Students will receive credit for their mathematics classes.
In addition to math 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, 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.
All students must submit a $50 application fee, payable by check or money order to the Morgan State University Foundation, along with the completed application. Application fees will be refunded to those who are not accepted into the program.
If accepted, there is an additional $ 100 enrollment fee to participate in the program. This fee will be used to offset the cost of coursework, housing, meals, and field trips for the duration of the six-week program. Students will also be provided with all textbooks required for successful completion of the program. The enrollment fee must be paid, prior to starting the program, by money order or cashier’s check made payable to the Morgan State University Foundation. Enrollment fees are non-refundable.