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The summer residential program takes place on the campus of Frostburg State University. Students live on campus for a two, three, five, or six-week program. They participate in a variety of classes, workshops, and activities designed to help prepare them for post-secondary education in math and/or science. The rising 9th graders participate in a two-week introductory science research project, rising 10th graders participate in a three-week intermediate science research project and rising 11th and 12th graders participate a five-week advanced research project. Rising 12th graders attend an additional sixth week, a senior week focused on college searches, applications, and financial aid.
During the summer, students live in the residence halls with RMSC Tutor/Counselors (TCs). TCs are college students majoring in math and/or science who supervise and work with the RMSC participants. TCs are involved in every aspect of the RMSC Summer Program. They are with the students during meals, classes, workshops, and activities, and they supervise in the residence halls in the evenings. TCs plan evening and weekend activities and are available for students when they need assistance. They serve as tutors and role models for the students and are a critical element of our program.
One of the major goals of our Summer Program is to teach students to conduct a scientific investigation and to present it in both oral and written form. Students spend a large portion of their day working in research teams applying the scientific method to design and conduct research. Students learn scientific concepts and analytical skills necessary to conduct their investigations. They also learn scientific writing and presentation skills necessary to assemble a scientific research paper and PowerPoint presentation on their summer project.
Another goal of the Summer Program is to make sure students are prepared for the math course they will take at their high school in the fall. Students are placed in a math class where they review critical concepts and are introduced to new concepts in Algebra, Geometry, Trig/Pre-Calc, or Calculus. Students are given a mathematics placement test at the beginning of each summer and the results of this test, in addition to a student's academic record and course schedules, are used to determine which class a student will take that summer.
In addition to science and math courses, the RMSC has other course offerings for students. All students take an English class based on their current grade level. Students attend either SAT prep, foreign language or literature courses.
Recreational time is also built into students daily schedules. At the end the academic day, student spend free-time in FSU computer labs where catch up on emails/social media or call/text family and friends. In the evenings, students participate in activities that are planned by the residential staff. Evening activities vary and may include sports, crafts, games, roller skating, swimming, movies, and exploring local parks and hiking trails. Suggestions from students for these activities are always welcome.
Periodically the student research teams present the current status of their research to staff and peers. In science, peer review is extremely important. These presentations provide our students with experience speaking about their project and answering questions from peers. It also gives them opportunities to prepare for the final presentation at the end of the summer. On the final day of the program, students will present their research project to an audience and panel of scientists.
Throughout the course of the summer RMSC participants have opportunities to join in a variety of workshops and activities. Guest speakers provide workshops in various science and math related careers. Students also spend time conducting college and career explorations and attending workshops on study skills, personal finances, financial aid and scholarships, etc. Students also participate in service projects in the local community while staying at Frostburg. These hours can be used to fulfill high school service hour requirements.
Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for field trips and daily outings, allowing students and staff a time to rejuvenate and get ready for the next week. We encourage students to stay for these weekend activities; however, they do have the option of going home to spend weekends with their families (transportation must be provided by guardians).