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Math Science Upward Bound, University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington

Classes 2015

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Lectures and Study Sections

The lectures provide a series of seminars from experts in selected STEM fields. Each seminar offers an introduction to a particular STEM topic and provides a glimpse into original research in that field. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions about research in that area and gain some insight into career pathways in the field. An emphasis is placed on cross-disciplinary topics that combine research from multiple fields.

The seminars are supported by Study Sections that help the students understand the Seminar content and learn study skills needed to succeed in lecture-type classes. In study sections, students will also have the opportunity to tour labs and facilities on campus, take part in hands-on and computer activities, and work on their group projects.

Computer Science

In this class, we will be introducing the basic building blocks of Computer Science. We will cover the basics of Java development, programmatic thinking and industry culture. In Java Development, we us the object oriented language Java to break down the basics of programming including: data types, control structures and objects. In Programmatic Thinking, one of the foundation skills of computer science is the act of breaking large problems down into bite sized logical blocks. We  will work on building this transferable skill as it applies to programming and general problem solving. Industry Culture, through fun trivia we will slowly build your understanding of the tech industry’s history, culture and future.

Medical Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, including unicellular (single cell), multicellular (cell colony) or acellular (lacking cells). In this course, we will mainly focus on microorganisms that are known Public Health concerns (i.e. Dengue virus, E. coli O157H7, etc.), investigating the presence and growth of microbial infections and studying their effects on the human body.  By the end of this course, you should be able to distinguish the major microbial classes based on their cellular morphology, as well as understand some of the distinguishing features that differentiate harmless microbes from those that cause infectious disease (i.e. toxins, virulence genes, etc.).

Improving our understanding of how microorganisms usurp pre-existing biological niches allows for a predictive understanding of how microbial impact their environment.  Microbiology is a basic science that seeks to understand microbial interactions as a means to inform on patient care and can be used to help develop novel therapies and inform vaccine design.

Aerospace Engineering

This course provides an introduction to aerospace engineering and engineering methodology. Students will learn the engineering design process and will gain hands-on experience applying it to a several aerospace engineering examples of both historical and present-day relevance.

Just as engineers do in practice, much of the work in this class will be done as a team. Students will work in small groups to analyze, design, build, and test solutions to engineering problems. There will be four major projects with parts completed in-class and also as homework. Students will also gain experience in presenting their proposals and results to the class.

A successful outcome for students will be to complete all projects, and by doing so demonstrate understanding of aerospace fundamentals and proficiency in using the engineering design process to solve challenging problems.

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This class serves as an introduction to the Latin language.  The emphasis will be on Latin vocabulary and their English cognates, with the goal of expanding your English vocabulary as well as preparing you for the language of your prospective college degrees.

In addition to basic vocabulary, writing assignments will be given to practice utilizing the English words introduced in class.  All writing tasks will be assessed using a rubric, which will be provided at the time an assignment is introduced.

Although the focus is primarily on vocabulary, fundamental Latin grammar will also be introduced.  With the vocabulary and grammar introduced in our textbook, students should also expect to be able to read, write, and translate simple Latin sentences.

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College Prep

UW MSUB College Prep provides students with a trifecta of winning strategies to prepare them for an increasingly competitive college admission’s process as well as the expectations of college once admitted.

This course will cover the following three topics and winning strategies:

  1. Preparing for College: Strategies – specifically designed to help students understand how colleges/universities look at their academic record, extracurricular activities, and standardized tests. With this knowledge students will develop a personal college portfolio containing application essays, cover letters, resumes, and leadership logs; all items within the portfolio will showcase each student’s full potential as a committed learner, collaborator, and leader. This section will also illustrate how each student 1) takes full advantage of academic resources, 2) challenges his/her self with the courses they choose, and 3) is passionate and engaged in the academic process. Finally, students are introduced to SAT/ACT and Scholarship Resources in preparation for Autumn Workshops.
  2. Applying to College: Strategies – specifically designed to help students create a list of “possible, probable, and solid” schools that fit each student’s needs and aspirations. In addition, students will research their schools’ missions, majors/departments, selection criterion, costs, and student demographics in order to further find the best institution for each student’s needs and interests. Students will complete a mock application, and organize and add their findings to their personal academic portfolio.
  3. Meeting College Expectations: Strategies – specifically designed to help students develop college-level critical thinking through various readings, class activities, and journal reflections. Using Article of the Week, a strong emphasis in expository readings and writings are built into the curriculum in order to prepare students to meet the expectations of college and university faculty. Students are also introduced to college-level study skills, and communication and presentation skills.

Research Writing

This course is designed to introduce you to the skills and habits you will need to succeed as a writer, thinker, and learner at the university level. More specifically, this course provides an introduction to scientific research writing and prepares you to meet the challenges incoming college students face as writers in STEM fields. Over the six weeks of the program, we developed awareness of these skills through focused assignments which uses writing and writing-based projects to help teach the basics of inquiry, research, exposition, and reflection. Together we work to better understand how scientists pose questions, conduct research, and express their findings in writing, and moreover how we, as students in the physical sciences, can successfully do the same.

Math 1

This course is designed to strengthen the algebraic skills necessary for future high school math courses and introduce students to some of the concepts taught in high school Algebra 2 class. The topics that are going to be covered include combining like terms, the distributive property, linear equations, factoring, completing the square, the quadratic formula, graphing inequalities, and graphing linear and quadratic functions.

Math 2A

This course is designed to strengthen the algebraic skills necessary for advanced classes such as Calculus, Statistics, and Physic.  Students will also be introduced to some basic Calculus concepts that utilize algebra and function knowledge.

The course begins with a refresher of basic algebra operations and quickly adds complexity of binomial expansions.  Algebra applied to mathematical functions further exercises the students’ skills.  The relationship between exponential and logarithmic operations will be studied, followed by an introduction to the Calculus concepts of limits and the derivative.  Students will apply the concepts to real-world situations and modeling behavior.

Math 2B

This course is designed to strengthen the algebraic skills necessary for future high school math courses and introduce students to the concepts taught in Pre-Calculus class. The course will examine linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, then take a deeper look at trigonometric ratios, functions, and identities.

Math 3

This course provides an introduction to the concepts and operations of Differential Calculus.  The students will learn how their algebra knowledge and skills are utilized in this advanced mathematical subject.

The course begins with a refresher of algebraic topics as they are applied to mathematical functions.  These topics are then extended in a study of function limits, followed by both an intuitive and precise definition of the derivative.  Derivative operational methods will be developed for basic function types and then extended to products, quotients, and composition of functions.  The course will conclude with the students applying their knowledge to real-world modeling of rates of change and optimization.