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Summer science and math program leads to two student enrollments

10/1/2002
October 1, 2002

In fall 2000, Dr. Willodean Burton, professor of biology, and Dr. Samuel Jator, professor of math, received a $30,000 grant from Verizon Wireless to develop a program to boost the interest of high school minority students in science and math.

Twenty students participated in the two-year program. Two of the participants enrolled at APSU in fall 2001.

Another student, Donnie Johnson, used the knowledge he gained from the experience to develop a science fair project. Johnson presented the project in Knoxville, Tennessee, and San Diego, as well as locally.

"Students tend to be afraid of math and science," says Dr. Burton. "The goal of the program is to help them become more comfortable and let them know they can succeed in math and science. There are mentors who can help."