The Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics (SVSM) curriculum at North Carolina Central University is designed to give rising high school juniors and seniors an exciting, challenging enrichment experience in science and mathematics. Emphasis is placed on visual and tactile learning interactions organized by seasoned faculty attuned to the frontiers of science and mathematics. In addition to the instructional activities, students conduct independent research projects that are presented orally in an open forum. Faculty mentors work closely with students on their projects and guide them in the preparation of their reports. Abstracts from the reports are bound into a single volume and distributed to participants and faculty.
The four-week academic program consists of five hours of structured, hands-on classroom, field and laboratory activities daily, Monday through Saturday. Students are allowed to work independently in laboratories while not in class. Forums on selected topics are required several afternoons. Special activities are held some evenings and weekends. Students are expected to participate in all planned activities. SVSM culminates with a closing program, at which time students who complete the program receive certificates of achievement.
Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics students reside in a residence hall under the supervision of a full-time staff. Students are provided meals in the University's W.G. Pearson Cafeteria and receive any needed health care through the University's Student Health Services and/or Durham Regional Hospital. As at all Summer Ventures sites, there are in-dorm, in-room, and lights out curfews. Statewide regulations regarding visitors, motorized vehicles, inter-visitation, sign outs, and dating are in effect. Some activities and recreational opportunities include movies in the dorm, cards and table games, forums on drugs and other societal issues, dances, and a talent show. Students are given University I.D. cards, allowing them access to the LeRoy T. Walker Physical Education and Recreation Complex.
Summer Ventures in Science Mathematics was created by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1984. The first institutes were held during the summer of 1985. Each campus administers its program in cooperation with the State Coordinator’s Office (SCO) at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Students apply on-line, and evaluation, selection, and assignment to the individual campuses is handled by the SCO. The aim of the program is to provide academic enrichment opportunities in science and mathematics for academically talented high school students. The current SVSM sites are at Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
For more information, visit www.summerventures.org, the site for the statewide Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics Program.