SLAM Workshops

Science, Language Arts and Mathematics (SLAM) Workshops

SLAM Workshop I: 9th graders - June 30th-July 2nd and July 7-30, 2014 (No classes July 3-6, 2014 )
2 SLAM Workshop II: 10th graders - June 2 - June 27, 2014
SLAM Workshop III: 11th graders - June 2 - June 27, 2014

(10th and 11th graders will be placed in either Workshop II or III based on their academic background.)

Goals of the SLAM Workshops:

  • Enhance Language Arts, Mathematics and Science skills
  • Improve your reading and test taking skills
  • Learn details about the Jackson Heart Study
  • Educate students about health issues that affect African Americans
  • Provide information about career opportunities in the health sciences

(10th and 11th graders will be placed in either Workshops II or III based upon the courses taken or currently being taken in high school.)

Structure of the workshops:

  • There is no fee for attending the workshops.
  • Upon successful completion of the workshop each participant will receive a stipend.
  • All workshop sessions include classes in Reading enhancement.
  • Classes are taught by experienced teachers.
  • Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.
  • HOUSING WILL NOT BE PROVIDED.

Selection criteria:

  • Overall Grade Point Average
  • Courses taken or soon to be taken
  • Standardized test scores
  • Recommendation letters
  • Quality of essay submitted with application

What is the Jackson Heart Study (JHS)?

The African-American population in Mississippi has the highest mortality rate from cardiovascular disease in the United States. The National Institutes of Health has established this study in Jackson to investigate the factors causing this major health problem. This project, which is the only one of its type in the United States, involves the three institutions is Jackson-Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and National center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Role of the Undergraduate Training and Education Center

The role of the Undergraduate Training and Education Center (UTEC) at Tougaloo College is to increase the pool of minority students entering health-related professions. A key component of this project is the Science, Language Arts, and Mathematics (SLAM) program for high school students. The SLAM program’s goal is to provide a large pool of well-trained high school students who, upon entering college, can successfully complete the curriculum requirements at an undergraduate college and have the necessary background and interest to pursue health careers. Tougaloo College’s summer workshops are designed to provide excellent preparation for success in higher studies and to pursue advanced degrees in health professions.

Application procedure for new students:

  • Complete the application. (THE APPLICATION MUST BE TYPED)
  • A one page essay that answers the following questions: (i) What are your career goals?; (ii) How will participating in this program help you achieve those goals?; (iii) What extracurricular activities are you involved in?; (iv) How do you keep up with current events? and (v) Do you read and if so what do you read and how often? This essay should be typed on a separate sheet of paper. In your essay, please answer the questions beginning with a topic sentence. Example: My career goals are....
  • Students must have completed ninth grade.
  • Tenth and Eleventh graders must submit an official High School Transcript.
  • Ninth graders must submit the most recent report card.
  • Have the attached recommendation forms sent to the JHS-UTEC by two teachers. One recommendation form must be from a math or science teacher.
  • Students invited to return to SLAM II or III should not complete this application but submit the information form sent with the invite back letter.

Application deadline- April 11th, 2014 (No Exceptions) 

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pdf  2014 SLAM Application

Email completed application (PDF) to:
bkelly@tougaloo.edu

or mail completed application to:
SLAM Workshops
JHSETP
Tougaloo College
500 West County Line Road
Tougaloo, MS 39174

or fax completed application to:
Fax: 601.977.4488

For additional information or questions, please contact the Director, Dr. Asoka Srinivassan, at 601-977-7816 or asrinivassan@tougaloo.edu.