Science & Technology Expansion Program (STEP)


 

Timelines

 

STEP Students in Summer 2014

Here is how the STEP program works! This timeline is subject to change a little, but this is the general path for a STEP student. Please contact Dr. Ness, STEP Director, if you have any questions about this timeline.

  • You apply for the program by May 2, 2014.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, the earlier that you apply the better your chances of being placed into the program with the best faculty mentor for you!!
  • You may be called for an interview between May 2 and May 31, 2014.  To be eligible, you must be an AASU student, you must attend Navigate and you must register for chemistry, biology, psychology and/or math courses appropriate for your intended science or math major.
  • You get a response by email as to your acceptance to the program by June 5, 2014.  This notification will be by letter or email.
  • You come to AASU's campus on June 14-16, 2014 and check into your housing assignment.  You will attend Navigate on a date TBD.
  • You attend an orientation session on June 16, 2014 at 9:00 am.  Room TBA
  • You formally meet your research advisor and peer-mentor(s) and begin reading papers and becoming familiar with the laboratory and the project on the afternoon of June 16, 2014.
  • You attend the SEAM intensive mathematics program at assigned times over the 6 weeks you are on campus.  Dates and times will be provided.
  • Your research project ends on July 25, 2014 (July 4th is a holiday).
  • You check out of your housing assignment on July 27 (you will move your stuff to your Fall room assignment).
  • AASU classes begin (August 18) -- you attend classes,  Math Tutorial sessions as required by the program.  Be sure to stay in communication with your peer-mentor.
  • You meet with the STEP program director between October 1 and October 7, 2014 to discuss your academic progress.
  • You attend Spring classes at AASU, beginning January 2015.  Be sure to stay in communication with your peer-mentor(s).
  • You meet with the STEP program director between February 22 and March 2, 2015 to discuss your academic progress.
  • You will be required to submit an Abstract to the Student Scholarship Symposium to be held in Spring of 2015.

 

Schedule for Current Students from Summer 2013

  • You meet with the STEP program director between October 1 and October 7, 2013 to discuss your academic progress.
  • Must present your research at the Research and Scholarship Symposium on April 15, 2014  
  • You attend Spring classes at AASU, beginning January  2013.  Be sure to stay in communication with your peer-mentor(s).
  • You meet with the STEP program director between February 22 and March 2, 2014 to discuss your academic progress and your application for Summer II STEP scholar status.  To become a Summer II STEP student, you must maintain a GPA of at least 2.5, continue as a major in the CST and agree to work for 10 weeks in the summer.  You must WANT to return and your Summer I advisor must WANT you to return.  In the case that this arrangement is not mutually desired, every attempt will be made to provide you with another advisor, IF THEY ARE AVAILABLE!  
  •  Exceptional students may be asked to serve as peer-mentors for incoming Summer I students.  
  • You meet with the STEP program director between May 3, 2014 and May 9, 2014 to discuss your freshman year academic progress and confirm your meeting of the requirements for Summer II.  Outstanding STEP students may be selected to become peer-mentors in time for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • You move into your Summer II housing assignment on or around May 18, 2014.
  • You begin Summer II research on or around May 23, 2014 (brief safety orientation) and end research on or around July 27, 2014.  For the six weeks, June 17, 2014-July 27, 2014 you may also work alongside a new incoming STEP summer 1 student.
  • You move out of your summer housing assignment on July 28, 2014.   You present your research at a STEP research conference in the Fall of 2013 (date TBA).  You may also receive funds to travel to a disciplinary conference to present your research in the Fall of 2013 or Spring of 2014). You continue taking AASU CST classes and performing research with your mentor if you desire.
  • You graduate with a CST degree in the Spring of 2016 and go on to the career path of your choice.