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October 5-6, 2018

Note: We have moved Science Scholars Weekend earlier in the fall semester in the same weekend as College Days to make it more flexible for students and parents.  Please read further below.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

Science Scholars Weekend at Southern Nazarene University Science and Math Division

Every year, the Math and Science Division hosts an on-campus Science Scholars Weekend (SSW) for qualified high school juniors and seniors to compete for scholarships. The next Science Scholars weekend will take place on October 5-6, 2018 - in conjunction with College Days. The Math and Science Division invites prospective high school juniors and seniors with a strong interest in majoring in a Math and/or Science discipline and with an ACT composite score of 24* and higher (or an equivalent SAT score).  Specific majors might include Biology, Biology-Chemistry (for Pre-Health), Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Mathematics, Math Education, Physics, Science Education, Computer Science and Network Engineering.

The 2018 Science Scholars schedule is still but somewhat tentative but please check out the 2016 Science Scholars Weekend schedule - this schedule has been modified from previous years to offer an even better experience for student participants and parents.  Two options now exist.  Students may choose to come in for classes and a day on campus with an overnight stay in the dorms.  This is a great option for those who live a considerable distance away.  The second option is to arrive on Saturday morning and engage in the activities planned for that day.  Either way, parents are more than welcome to attend most of the events on Saturday.

For those Science Scholars electing to participate in Friday activities, they should arrive on campus in the morning (before 9 am if possible) to register and then attend classes with one of our science majors.  Following lunch, other events such as a SNU student research presentation are planned.  Participants stay overnight in the dorm with a science major. 

Other Science Scholars may choose to arrive on Saturday morning and parents are welcomed to attend.  Admissions and financial assistance information as well as details about programs such as the Honors Program are given in the morning. The main Science Scholars program commences with lunch and faculty presentation of our science programs.  Afterwards, participants will engage in a challenging lab exercise that assesses their math and science skills and ability to work well with others. Additionally, faculty interview participants to become better acquainted with each student’s unique abilities and potential fit within the Division.  The last event of the afternoon is group presentations from the lab projects - parents are invited to this as well.  

See pictures of previous Science Scholars Weekends at our Division Smugmug site within the Division Activities gallery and feel free to browse around.

Outstanding participants may win "talent scholarships" as partial tuition awards worth about $2,000 - $10,000 total over four years (or $500 - $2,500 per year). These talent scholarships are in addition to the standard ACT/GPA scholarship you receive through the SNU Scholarship generator. Please note that scholarship recipients must continue to major in one of the disciplines offered by the Math and Science Division to continue receiving their scholarship. Finally, scholarships are limited to a four year time period.

Talent scholarship recipients are asked to contribute back to the Math and Science Division in certain ways to promote our professional community. The options include attending the weekly afternoon research symposia (or giving a research presentation when the time is right!), tutoring in the community, helping put on science shows to local school children, maintaining the recycle bins throughout the Science Building - the list goes on.  The most important aspect to the talent scholarship is to recognize that you remain an active and contributing member of the professional math and science community of SNU.

* Note: We also ask for a minimum ACT math score of 21 which indicates college readiness for a baseline math course such as College Algebra.  If you have a composite score of 24 or higher but don't meet this math requirement, please contact Dr. Shawna York, Chair of Division of Sciences and Math at

Academic Resume and Essay

To apply for the Science Scholars Weekend, you must complete an academic resume and short essay and have it ready to upload in a Word doc, docx, or pdf format. Here is a sample of a good academic resume. You don't have to follow the same format but try to include similar information.

The sample resume provided does not include an essay but you should add a short essay to the end of your resume which addresses this prompt:

Science has multiple faces.  Describe one ugly face of science, and one beautiful face of science.

There is no minimum or maximum length requirement and the selection of topics/issues is wide open. You are encouraged to be descriptive but concise.  Please know that we faculty value students who are good thinkers and reflective about life - we look forward to what you have to say.

You'll upload your academic resume (with essay) at the end of the application form below.  Please take this resume/essay requirement seriously - some applications are delayed because the applicant forgot or neglected this step.

This year's Science Scholars Weekend is on October 5-6, 2018.  Your application is due by Monday, October 1, 2018.   Please email Dr. Shawna York at if you have further questions.

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