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Mississippi high school students explore AP STEM classes at ĢƵ-hosted Global Teaching Project program

A high school student participates in a Global Teaching Partnership program.
Approximately 100 students from 17 rural Mississippi public school districts recently attended the five-day Advanced STEM Summer Preparatory Program, hosted at Mississippi State by the Global Teaching Project. The no-cost program provided participants with their first taste of Advanced Placement courses prior to the start of the fall semester. (Submitted photo)

Contact: Allison Matthews

STARKVILLE, Miss.—High school students from across the Magnolia State received their first taste of Advanced Placement courses prior to the fall semester during the Global Teaching Project’s eighth annual Advanced STEM Summer Preparatory Program held this month at Mississippi State.

Global Teaching Project Advanced STEM Summer Preparatory Program leaders and participants pose outside of Lee Hall.
Global Teaching Project Advanced STEM Summer Preparatory Program leaders and participants pose outside of Lee Hall. (Submitted photo)

Approximately 100 students from 17 rural Mississippi public school districts attended the five-day event, which is part of GTP’s AP STEM Access Program and hosted through the ĢƵ College of Education and Department of Counseling, Higher Education Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations. Participants worked alongside experienced STEM major tutors and esteemed educators from leading national universities around the country on concepts found in AP Biology, AP Computer Science, AP Physics and AP Statistics curricula.

Students attended the camp at no cost and any expenses, including housing and meals, were covered by the program. Students also experienced college life by attending classes on campus and participating in recreational activities at ĢƵ’s Sanderson Center.

ĢƵ Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Dunne said he is a “huge fan” of the Global Teaching Project, including its mission and staff.

“This program has provided equitable educational opportunities to students throughout the state for many years. With its unwavering commitment to educational excellence, ĢƵ is honored to facilitate the Global Teaching Project’s Advanced STEM Summer Preparatory Program,” Dunne said.

The program also provided students access to critical information necessary for them to prepare for and excel in their post-secondary academic journey. Danny Thompson, of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation’s program, spoke about financial aid, highlighting the many resources available to college applicants. Lisa Urry, biology professor and author of the most widely used AP Biology textbook in the country, told participants about metacognition and provided study tips and tricks to help them succeed academically. Finally, GTP tutors and staff assisted with Common APP—a college application site used for more than 1,000 colleges—and answered college-related questions.

ĢƵ educational psychology Assistant Professors Mehdi Ghahremani and Sareh Karami served as the project grant’s principal investigators, and the program was coordinated and supported by ĢƵ graduate students.

The goal of the Advanced STEM Summer Preparatory Program is to provide rural high school students in Mississippi with educational opportunities to which they may otherwise be unable to access. Each of the staff, tutors, educators and guests associated with the camp have one focus: helping Mississippi students. Organizers said many students who attended this year’s program already have made plans to attend next year, demonstrating the positive impact the program has on them.

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