About

Schedule

The STEM Academy is an intensive academic experience that runs from 9:00am to 9:30pm most days. Each day typically has three interactive sessions with break times for lunch and dinner. The sessions are designed for maximal engagement and include problem solving, hands on lab work, writing, journaling, team building and active discussion.  Scholars are required to attend and engage in ALL sessions so that they can gain the maximal benefits from the program and support the other Scholars. 

The working schedule for the program is listed below and is subject to change.

Sunday, August 13: OPENING RECEPTION AND TEAM BUILDING
Opening Reception and Dinner:
Welcome from Executive Provost Wilcox
Keynote Address: The keynote speaker for 2017 will be announced in Spring 2017.
Dinner
White Coat Ceremony
Individual Group Breakouts: LEGO Challenge, Icebreakers and team building

Dr. Asai KeynoteHHMI Education Director Dr. David Asai provides the keynote address at the opening ceremony

Jibron Biag2015 Scholar Jibron Biag with Provost Wilcox and HHMI Education Director Dr. David Asai after receiving his STEM Academy White Coat.

Emily Sirotkin2015 Scholar Emily Sirotkin with Provost Wilcox and HHMI Education Director Dr. David Asai after receiving her STEM Academy White Coat.

Monday, August 14: LAB RESEARCH DAY AND INTRO TO SMART LAB
Hands on Lab Exercises
: Pipetting 101, Generation of a Standard Curve
Lunch: On own, with peers or with an expert
SMART LAB: Introduction to the SMART Lab Technology, Study Skills and Reflective Writing
Dinner: On own and personal break time
Workshop: Demystifying Graduate School and the Research Doctorate
Individual Group Breakouts: Individual Reflection and Report Outs, journaling and team building

Pipetting with Joly AzizScholars learning to use the micropipettes with UG Peer Mentor Joly Aziz

Scholars TestingScholars evaluate the accuracy of their samples

Hafsa Quraishi Hafsa Quraishi prepares her standard curve

Welcome Sign The USF SMART Lab

Tuesday, August 15: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY
Workshop: Getting Started in Undergraduate Research
Exercise: Development of a Research Action Plan
Lunch: On own, with peers or with an expert
Workshop: Understanding Faculty Roles and Researching a Mentor
Exercise: Development of Guiding Questions Action Plan
Scavenger Hunt Research Exercise
Dinner: On own and personal break time
Workshop: Demystifying Graduate School
Individual Group Breakouts: Individual Reflection and Report Outs, journaling and team building

Getting Started Working on a research action plan

Post it Work Organizing the activities for getting involved in research

Lab Visit Looking at specimens during lab visits

Scavenger Hunt Scavenger hunt research exercise

Wednesday, August 16: MATH PROBLEM SOLVING AND RESEARCH LAB TOURS
Lab Exercises
: Shadowing in mentors research laboratory, networking with USF researchers
Lunch: On own, with peers or with an expert
SMART LAB: Developing an Excel Spreadsheet for regression analysis and graphing
SMART LAB: Math Challenge!
Dinner: On own and personal break time
Individual Group Breakouts: Individual Reflection and Report Outs, journaling and team building

Integrative Bio Lab Tour Lab visit to the Integrative Biology Department

Smart Lab MathCollecting data during the math challenge in the SMART Lab

Smart Lab MathWorking the math challenge

Lego ChallengeTrying to solve the LEGO challenge

Thursday, August 17: UNIVERSITY RESOURCES AND CREDENTIALING
SMART LAB: Credentialing Resources and Developing a Personal Branding Plan
Lunch: On own, with peers or with an expert
Optional STEM Academy Activities: Medical Admissions Workshop; Engineering Lab Tours; Office of National Scholarships Meet and Greet; Office for Undergraduate Research Meet and Greet; Physics Department Meet and Greet
Week of Welcome Activities: Balloon Drop
Dinner: On own and personal break time
Week of Welcome Activities

AVCViewing 3D images in the USF Advanced Visualization Center

Smart LabCollaborative discussion of the writing prompt exercise in the SMART Lab

Friday, August 18: STEM CAREER OPPORTUNITIES DAY
Keynote Address
: The Multitude of STEM Careers
STEM Career Speed Dating Session: Rotate between sessions that will provide Q & A about the pathways to: Medicine and Health, Graduate Programs in Biology and Chemistry, Pharmacy, Engineering, Public Health, Psychology, Science Education and many more.
Closing Program: Awards and Certificates of Completion
Week of Welcome Activities

Closing SelfieClosing program about to begin

Karen DejoeKaren Dejoe, MD, answers questions about her career

Writing Awards2015 Scholars recognized for outstanding writing