‘Discover the Sciences’ brings prospective math and science students to campus
Published: Friday, April 20, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012 22:04
Miami University’s campus will be filled with high school students interested in science and math for “Discover the Sciences Day” Saturday.
According to Nancy Arthur, director of communication for the College of Arts and Science, the program allows prospective students to explore math and science programs at Miami.
“It’s for high school juniors who have an interest in science, math and statistics and also in Miami,” Arthur said.
During “Discover the Sciences Day,” students will hear an admissions presentation, go on a campus tour, eat lunch in a dining hall and explore the science and math departments. Each department will also offer a student and faculty panel to answer prospective students’ questions, Arthur said.
According to Arthur, this is not the first time Miami has offered a program like this.
“We tried a pilot event in the fall for high school seniors,” Arthur said.
According to Arthur, the response to the fall event was positive.
Doug Meikle, chair of the zoology deparment, said many students who attended the program in the fall applied to Miami.
“We worked with staff in the College of Arts and Sciences to put the program on and it was quite successful,” Meikle said. “More than 75 percent of the students who attended the first Discover the Sciences applied to Miami.”
With the positive feedback fall program, Arthur said a more expansive program was planned for the spring. According to Arthur, the fall program focused more on students interested in pre-med and health care and dealt more with the chemistry, microbiology and zoology departments.
This program, however, incorporates all the science and math departments, such as geology, physics and botany, Arthur said.
Sophomore chemistry major Ethan Vargo is pleased to see Miami offer this type of program.
“I think it’s an unbelievable idea,” Vargo said. “It’s awesome that the university is coming up with these new programs aimed at students who are interested in science.”
Vargo said he wished he would have had this opportunity when he was a prospective student.
“It would’ve given me a better idea about what was offered here at Miami, and that it’s not just about business or one field of study,” Vargo said.