Thirteen (13) Fayetteville State University (FSU) incoming freshmen for the fall semester participated in the 2008 Pre-Freshman Summer Enrichment Workshop (PFSEW), sponsored by the FSU Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (FSU-RISE) program. The two-fold goal of the five-week program (July 1- August 1) was to enhance the preparation of Pre-RISE Scholars for college biology and math courses; and to stimulate their interests in pursuing research fields in biology, chemistry or psychology. Through joint participation with RISE and the FSU CHEER program, Pre-RISE scholars earned academic credit for Introduction to College Algebra (MATH 121), Physical Education (PEDU 140), while receiving an intensive preparation for fall enrollment in the Principles of Biology (BIOL 150) course through a "Topics in Biology" online mini-course. Results from pre- and post-math placement exams were used to personalize the academic preparation and advisement of pre-RISE Scholars. Academic support was provided for all coursework. Scholars received exciting and meaningful laboratory experiences through hands-on, hypothesis-driven manipulation of biomolecules during the biotechniques workshop. Additionally, scholars participated in a wide-range of math and science enrichment activities to enhance their reading, writing and problem-solving skills. The workshop culminated with math and science presentations; and recognition of scholars for their outstanding achievements at the closing and awards banquet on July 31, 2008.
To learn more about PFSEW, call Stephanie Means, RISE Coordinator at (910) 672-1081 or Dr. James E. Raynor, Jr., Director of FSU-RISE at (910) 672-1023.