ESMAT Club

Experiencing Science, Math and Technology

OVERVIEW

The ESMAT Club is designed to create a bridge in the existing educational pipeline to health professions careers for fifty ninth through twelfth grade students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.

The objective of the ESMAT Club is to enhance students' potential to successfully complete their public school education, and to interest and prepare them to pursue and complete further studies toward a career in one of the healthcare professions.  The ESMAT Club is a four-year program divided into three main components each consisting of a variety of reinforcement and enrichment activities.

COMPONENTS

The first component, the ESMAT Saturday Science and Math Academy, is designed for nine through twelfth grade students.  It takes place throughout the academic year and is held in the Booker T. Washington High school building.  On Saturday mornings, students engage in innovative science and math learning experiences under the supervision of high-school educators as well as mentors, who themselves are enrolled in a health professions college.

During the summer students are invited to continue in the ESMAT Club and attend the second component, a six-week Summer Enrichment Program.  This intensive program that meets 5 days a week is held at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health on the campus of Tuskegee University.  Students experience hands-on scientific projects, critical thinking, journal writing, field excursions, computer labs, and public speaking.

In the Fall, participants return to their high school for the Weekday Program, which is the third component.  A science teacher conducts daily science enrichment activities while the school counselor holds weekly career counseling sessions.

ELIGIBILITY

High school administrators and science instructors in Macon County, Alabama will select fifty participants based on criteria set by HCOP.  Students formerly enrolled in the FIRST Club program are given priority enrollment in ESMAT Club as rising ninth graders. Students will be selected based on income and Stanford Achievement Test (SAT10) scores or other standardized test scores.

To acquire a diverse group, students who score upward of Stanine 4 may be selected.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

The academic grades and career interests will be tracked throughout the ESMAT Club years and college, as well.

We expect the following short-term results:  (1) science will become more attractive to students and (2) the halo effect of being involved in a science enrichment program will motivate students, especially those who struggle academically, to put more effort into learning and studying.

In the long term, we anticipate the following: (3) more high school students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds will be "college prepared" in science and (4) more students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds will matriculate into and graduate from health professions schools.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

Because parental influence and guidance are important to the success of children, parents will be given the option of becoming members of the ESMAT Club Parents' Association.  We want parents to be involved at every point in the two-year ESMAT Club initiative.

CONTACTS

Mrs. Mary A. Lampley, M.Ed.

Assistant Program Director/HCOP

Tuskegee University

College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health

Tuskegee, AL  36088

334.727.8477 or 334.552.1598 (Cell)

334.724.4758 (FAX)

malampley@tuskegee.edu

 

James E. Webster, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Facilities Management

Program Director/HCOP

Tuskegee University

College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health

Tuskegee, AL  36088

334.727.8469

334.727.8177 (FAX)

websterj@tuskegee.edu