Raising Achievement in Mathematics and Science (RAMS) Program Description
The RAMS scholars program at Winston-Salem State University has the overarching goal of engaging students in research on and off-campus. The overall goal is to increase the number of students who major and graduate from STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines at WSSU and matriculate into graduate programs at research universities. These goals are centered on three main objectives:
- Increase the number of STEM oriented majors and their retention and graduation rates.
- Improve undergraduate research and faculty research capacity.
- Increase the successful admission of STEM majors into graduate programs.
The program aims to fund up to 15 new freshmen students each year and support them through a structured system during their four year undergraduate studies. STEM students can join the RAMS scholar program either as freshman applicants or as rising sophomores. Students who are accepted as scholars starting from the freshman year will receive a stipend for each semester and will carry out research activities under the supervision of their faculty mentors. Their research activity will start at the basic level and will continue with the same mentor as they advance in conducting research. These students will perform research for 10 hours a week and they will be expected to present their results at the end of each semester. They are also expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
The following students have been selected to participate in the RAMS Scholar Program for the 2009/2010 academic year.