To be eligible for any of the following internships, students must have completed at least Pre-Calculus (MATH U127) with a grade of B or higher (for mathematics internships) or BIOL U101 (Introductory Biology) or CHEM U111/L (Introductory Chemistry) course with a grade of B or higher (for science internships). Interested students should submit their application between August 1st and August 31st.
The tutoring program will begin during the fall 2020 semester and will be implemented throughout the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). The tutoring program will focus on developing middle and high school mathematics students’ understanding of concepts and connections. Dr. Bismarck and Mr. Harper will work with the tutors during the beginning of the fall semester, for four total hours over a week. Topics will include developing an understanding of mathematical concepts and connections, procedural fluency, the use of technology (calculators, Wolfram Alpha, virtual manipulatives, and dynamic geometry environments), effective questioning techniques, and allowing students to work through problems with minimal support. After the training, each tutor will participate in a weekly one-hour tutoring session with small groups of students identified as at-risk in mathematics. Ten tutors will offer 22 tutoring sessions each academic year. Each tutor will conduct 1-hour tutoring sessions at the rate of $40 per session.
Teaching Assistant Program
Ten students will be selected to work with highly qualified mathematics and science teachers at local high schools on planning, teaching, and assessment. The Teaching Assistant Program will provide the students with authentic classroom experiences intended to attract them to the teaching profession. Students are expected to assist their teacher in the creation and implementation of engaging lessons. Students slected for this program will be paid $20 per hour and will spend a total of 60 hours in schools assisting teachers.
STEM Camp Assistant
STEM camps designed for high school students will be implemented beginning Summer 2021. The STEM Camps will expand on Spartanburg Community College's (SCC) camp to include high school students. The camp curriculum emphasizes connections between STEM concepts in a hands-on, student-centered format. The STEM Camp will be implemented over a one-week period and offered each year. A total of five underclassmen from both USC Upstate and SCC will work with Mrs. Addison, Dr. Bender, Mrs. Schmidt, and Dr. Kinley the week prior to the summer camp to learn the curriculum and inquiry-based instructional strategies. During the camp, faculty will lead the activities while assistants work with students individually and in small groups. Each intern will receive $1,000 for the one week of training and one week of implementation.