Session S55c (Wednesday, 5:15pm, Willaman Gateway)

P854: Time for choosing: The audacity of 'knowing'

Barnabas Gikonyo (State University of New York – Genseo, USA), Frank Rinere (Dr. Freddie Thomas High School, USA)

The planning, implementation and outcome of a premiere chemistry and biochemistry access opportunity program (AOP) summer course at SUNY Geneseo are presented and discussed. The program seeks to provide some answers to the question of recruiting students from underrepresented groups, specifically; what are the most effective methods for recruiting and retaining students from underrepresented groups in the STEM disciplines? It involved working with economically and educationally disadvantaged students who demonstrate potential for achieving success in college. Factors addressed; 1) providing students with an opportunity to have a feel of introductory level chemistry and biochemistry, 2) discussions on general study strategies and overcoming exam anxiety, 3) providing students with transitional information, college level expectations and how they differ from those of high school. 75 % of the students found the program helpful to their transition to college academic setting and 98.36 % of them have already joined the college.

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