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STEM Education Center

The mission of the STEM Education Center is to prepare students of all levels to effectively use mathematics as a tool to analyze situations and resolve problems. The Center serves as an interface between the secondary schools in the area and the University of South Florida. By means of this interface, special USF summer programs in mathematics, science, and engineering are offered for students in the local secondary schools.

2011 Summer Program for Gifted and High Ability Students

Download a Brochure.

The Program is open to high ability students who meet the State of Florida criteria for the gifted, and for those students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

The Program consists of two levels:

  • Level 1 is for students entering grades 9 and 10. Exceptional students entering grade 8 may also be considered.
  • Level 2 is for students entering grades 11 and 12.

The Program takes place on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida.
Level 1 starts on June 13 and ends on July 22, 2011.
Level 2 starts on June 13 and ends on July 22, 2011.
Classes meet Monday — Friday, 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

The instructors are experienced, award-winning faculty and staff at the University of South Florida.

Level 1

Mathmatics: The basic foundations and methodology of mathematics are studied and applied to real-life problems involving various disciplines. Participants explore the “why” and “how” of mathematical principles, focusing on discovery. Topics from finite mathematics and calculus, including number theory, game theory, linear programming, graph theory and networks, are covered. Computer science and computer languages are taught and used as tools to study the interaction between mathematics and the sciences and to solve problems in both disciplines.

Biological Science: Topics from life sciences and environmental science are selected. These include genetics, DNA, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and biodiversity are presented. Students work in groups and gain an insight and an understanding of the methods and applications of life sciences.

The cost for students admitted into the Level 1 program is $600 for the entire program, plus $10 for a USF-ID.

Level 2

Students accepted into the Level 2 program are supported by the dual credit agreement between USF and the counties involved. Students applying to the program must provide a consent statement from their school counselor to enroll in MAC 2281 (Engineering Calculus I) or MAS 3105 (Linear Algebra). The fee is approximately $30 for the entire program, plus $10 for a USF-ID. There are 2 scholarships ($650 each) from the Academy of Applied Sciences. These are awarded to the best students to do research in the sciences. Students completing the Level 2 program successfully receive four (4) college credits from the University of South Florida.

Note: High school credit is not given for either Level 1 or Level 2 of the program.

To Apply: Download the appropriate application form:
Application Form for Level 1.
Application Form for Level 2.
Follow the instructions on page 2. Applications are due by May 2, 2011.
Applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis.

Students are notified of acceptance by mid-May.

Contact Information:

Dr. Manoug Manougian, Director
STEM Education Center
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, PHY114
Tampa, FL 33620-5700
Phone: (813) 974-4068
Fax: (813) 974-2700