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Texas Southern University Summer Scholars Academy 2022

TSU Summer Scholar Academy participants with President, Dr. Lesia Crumpton-Young.

Texas Southern University hosted the Summer Scholars Academy, July 1 – August 1, 2022 housed in the Department of Biology, College of Science, Engineering and Technology (COSET). The academy was devoted to changing the lives of future leaders of tomorrow. Scholars were exposed to a dynamic curriculum in mathematics, science, coding, and forensics to expand their daily horizons. As an outreach program richly rooted in the heart of Third-Ward, Houston, Texas, educators and students spent their summer learning and creating tools to help them be more successful for the upcoming school year. Our goal at TSU is to provide an experience for students to be a part of the higher education spectrum with professors and community leaders to guide them. Our one-month program each year reaches over 150 students. This free community-based program works with surrounding organizations such as Houston Food Bank, HISD and Fort Bend ISD to provide high quality enrichment through instruction and nutrition.

TSU Summer Scholars Academy under the leadership of Dr. Ayodotun Sodipe, offered teachers accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date information on the role that science plays in our lives. The curriculum included essential principles and fundamental concepts of math and science. Instructors used an interactive framework that let students explore how science and math are used daily.

Front row: Summer Scholar participants; back row: Dr. Aladdin Sleem, Interim Dean, COSET, Dr. Ayodotun Sodipe, TSU Lead Professor and Ms. Charlotte Whaley, College Business Administrator.

Every week the University offered opportunities for all scholars to experience hands-on science learning with field trips. Students enjoyed a combination of science displays, group activities, and hands-on experiments. Activities were matched to the Texas Essential Skills also known as the TEKS. With certified educators and handpicked interns, students’ safety and knowledge were the key to success. With the help of President Crumpton-Young, our program was able to continue to support our students’ ambitions of being doctors, scientist, engineers, and teachers. TSU Summer Scholars program is committed to be the most respected STEM outreach program within the historic third-ward area. We are devoted to change, and foundational building that will lead our students to pursue a college on our campus.