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March 6, 2020

Application Deadline: February 28, 2020

Science Scholars Weekend

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 March 6, 2020. 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 Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Math Education, Physics, Science Education, Computer Science and Network Engineering.

Here's the tentative schedule for this year's Science Scholars Weekend on March 6.  Science Scholars will arrive at 9:30 am on Friday morning for registration and are invited to attend a science or math class (10 am or after). Later that afternoon, activities are planned for the Science Scholars which include faculty interviews and group work on a lab experiment followed by presentations to faculty and parents. Additionally, Science Scholars are encouraged to spend the night in the dorms with a SNU science student to become acquainted with our community.

Science Scholars Group Lab

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 opportunities 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 March 6, 2020.  Your application is due by Friday, February 28, 2020.   Please email Dr. Shawna York at if you have further questions.

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