A Closer Look
Here is a list of CASA programs for freshmen students.
The Health Professions Advising Office is a resource for students in any major planning a career in the health professions, including dentistry, medicine (M.D., D.O., and D.P.M.), optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, and veterinary medicine. Professional staff and peer mentors support a community of pre-health professions students as they explore different health professions, plan and complete required course work, gain clinical experience, provide service and leadership on campus and in the community, and prepare for admissions tests and the 15-month application process. HPAO also works closely with many pre-health student organizations. To open an HPAO file, come to GMCS 322 or call 619-594-3030 to sign up for a one-time health professions information session. For more information visit the website http://hpao.sdsu.edu.
Remember what it was like to be the newest or youngest member of a group or at a school? Wouldn’t it have been nice to have an experienced fellow student and a faculty member knowledgeable about the facilities and activities on campus serve as “mentors”? This is what the weekly Introduction to Campus Activities and Networking Program at SDSU offers. For more information contact Dr. Estralita Martin at (619) 594-1204 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Keck Training Program* is a new interdisciplinary training opportunity for SDSU incoming freshmen, sophomores (3.0 GPA or better), and community college transfer students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Student training focuses on learning how to conduct interdisciplinary research in STEM fields with a focus on the central topic of Global Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Disease. This intensive summer program for undergraduates includes hands-on training in environmental sampling and field work, laboratory methods in microbiology and molecular genetics, computer simulation and mathematical modeling, coupled with workshops on research skills, scientific writing, and responsible conduct of research. Students receive assistance in being placed in academic research labs where they will be able to apply what they have learned in the program. The programs focuses on developing critical, quantitative thinking and teamwork, and will prepare students to do undergraduate or graduate research in a variety of related fields. For more information see the website: www.sci.sdsu.edu/keck. *Dependent on funding, please check website for any updates.
If students would like to review their math, prepare for calculus and get paid for it, and are interested in getting involved in STEM research this is what the CSU Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program offers. The goal is to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and encourage more students to pursue graduate degrees in STEM fields. The program includes academic advising, scholarships, book loans, GRE Prep and research participation stipends. For more information contact Thelma Chavez at email@example.com.
The SDSU Mathematics Engineering Sciences Achievement program provides academic support, “out of classroom” experiences and industry and alumni engagement, which help students succeed academically and develop professionally to achieve career goals. MESA students engage in “high impact” experiences, such as undergraduate research, first year seminar, learning communities and leadership development. The goal of the program is to enhance student engagement and graduate diverse students in the STEM fields. MESA is a postsecondary component of MESA California. For more information visit the website http://mep.sdsu.edu/.
The Pre-Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program provides freshmen/sophomore students with opportunities to engage in biomedical/behavioral research, mentoring, and pre-graduate school resources. A Pre-IMSD student will gain hands-on research experience and obtain early preparation for a Ph.D. program. Students who participate in the Pre-IMSD program successfully for a year are strongly encouraged to apply to the IMSD program. For more information visit the website: www.sci.sdsu.edu/imsd/bep-scholars/apply.
The Pre-Maximizing Access to Research Careers is an enrichment program open to freshman and sophomore students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The goal of the Pre-MARC program is to introduce student to research, mentoring, and give them an opportunity to participate in an intensive 6-week Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) that will introduce them to courses in writing, math, chemistry and research design. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a Learning Communities during the spring semester and a hands-on laboratory research experience in the summer. For more information visit the website www.sci.sdsu.edu/marc/pre-marc/overview.