Summer Bridge Programs

The UW–Milwaukee Summer Bridge Programs seek to bridge the gap between high school and college through academic coursework, enrichment activities, and the opportunity to build relationships and network with students, faculty and staff. Students who are eligible for the Summer Bridge Programs will be contacted in the spring via mail.


Panther Math Prep

What is Panther Math Prep?
Panther Math Prep is a summer program designed to help incoming first year students retake the placement test and place into a higher level math course. Students review the material either on campus or online and retake the placement test. The better of the two placement test results will be used for placement into the student’s fall math course. Panther Math Prep is NOT a required course. It is offered as a service to help our students place into a higher level math course.

Why participate in Panther Math Prep?

If the results of your original placement test placed you in a non-credit math course, you will be required to take one or two extra math courses which will not count as credit towards your college graduation. If you can pass into a college credit mathematics course, you will earn college credit immediately, be able to take other courses earlier that require college algebra, and progress faster towards graduation. You will also save tuition costs of a 3-credit course.

When is Panther Math Prep?


The On-Campus Panther Math Prep option is held on:

  • July 7th - July 30th, 2014 (Mon/Wed) from 9am-Noon
  • July 8th - July 31st, 2014 (Tue/Thurs) from 9am-Noon

The Online Panther Math Prep option is held on:

  • June 23rd - July 31st, 2014 (computer-based)
  • July 7th - August 7th, 2014 (online modules)

How does the program work?
Panther Math Prep is offered with two options: on-campus classroom sessions or an online option

On-Campus option:

  • Students use a computer-based program to review mathematics. The instructor helps the students master math concepts, prepare for the structure of the exam, and improve their test taking skills. Students either attend on Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays from 9am-noon. Students complete the course through an online computer-based system called ALEKS. This is a great opportunity to get to know the campus and an instructor prior to your arrival. Space is limited to 32 students per class. The registration deadline is June 27th, 2014. Retest dates are August 1st or August 4th.

Online option is offered at two different start dates with different online approaches:

  • Option 1: June 23rd - July 31st, 2014. Students who register for the online portion can complete the course through an online computer-based system called ALEKS. The instructor will monitor coursework and communicate weekly with the students. Tutors will provide online assistance. The registration deadline is June 19th, 2014. Retest dates are August 1st or August 4th.
  • Option 2: July 7th-August 7th, 2014. In this option, students will get access to teacher-led online modules with practice problems in an online format. Students will complete two modules per week. Tutors will work with students online. The registration deadline is July 1st, 2014. The retest date is August 8th.

How much does Panther Math Prep cost?
The cost is $20 for each student which will cover the cost for the Panther Math Prep online computer program, teaching, and tutoring. The fee will be posted on the student’ s UWM PAWS account and due at the beginning of the Fall semester. There is no charge to retake the math placement test.

How do I sign up?
If you are an incoming first year student who received a Panther Math Prep invitation letter, you are eligible to attend this program. You can sign up and learn more at Panther Math Prep Sign-Up Here

Please Note: If registering for the 6-week (computer-based) online session, you will be added to D2L and receive your ALEKS log in information within 1-2 business days.

Who can I contact if I have questions?
Feel free to contact the Panther Academic Support Services main office at math-prep@uwm.edu or by calling 414-229-3726.

What if I just want to sign up to take the test again and choose not take Panther Math Prep program? What if I have questions about calculators or other locations?
Please contact the Testing Center, DESTEST@uwm.edu (or 414-229-4689) if you have questions about your retest options or need accommodations. Directions on how to register for the retest for Panther Math Prep participants will be provided at the orientation session.

Can I get tutoring assistance while in the program?
Yes, we recommend you participate in our tutoring services. Our PASS tutors are available in the Library East wing or online throughout the duration of the program. Details will be available at your orientation session. Summer tutor information is at www.pass.uwm.edu.

How can I prepare on my own?
If you are unable to be involved in the Panther Math Prep program, we highly recommend that you review the arithmetic, algebra, and geometry you studied in high school before retaking the math placement test. Listed below are some good review options:

  1. Practice Test: http://testing.wisc.edu/centerpages/mathtest.html
  2. Look at materials designed for the mathematics portion of the ACT. There are often books at your school or local library. You can also go online to: http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/index.html
  3. Shortly before you retake the placement exam, access the following websites for sample tests and review activities: http://www.uwm.edu/%7Eericskey/EMPT/EMPT.html and http://www4.uwm.edu/Org/mmp/_activities/transition.html
  4. The UWM Bookstore sells and ships the Math Placement Review Study Guide(revised) by G. Andries at: http://bookstore.uwm.edu/TextBookDetail.aspx?BookPriceID=5616491&MBSNumber=0&SecID=6894186&trm=SUMMER%2014
  5. Make use of free review products such as http://number2.com
  6. Look at “Helpful Study Strategies” at http://www4.uwm.edu/pass/study-strategy-links.cfm

Academic Opportunity Center (AOC)

The Academic Opportunity Center (AOC) Summer Bridge Program provides students with their transition from high school to college. During the four weeks (July 9 - August 6) students are provided with intensive instruction, advising, and opportunities to develop a network of relationships on campus that are essential to their success in the first year of college. Every day students will have intensive instruction in Writing, Reading, Mathematics, and Educational Psychology (Study Skills). Students participating in the Bridge program were identified at the time they made application to UWM. There is a one-time cost of $50 to participate. Housing will be available for students who live outside of the Milwaukee Metropolitan area at a cost determined by the Housing Office. In addition to the instruction and academic advising, students will be able to meet other students participating in similar programs on campus in order that they can make those social/cultural connections early and develop relationships with each other in and outside the classroom. 


Click Here for the brochure
For Information visit the AOC Website
Or Contact:

John Dorosz
Assistant Director
Admissions/Advising
Mitchell Hall 177
jmdorosz@uwm.edu

Dr. Ruth B. Russell
Director
Mitchell Hall 173
drruth@uwm.edu

Dr. Karen Baker
Assistant Director
Mitchell Hall 195C
bakerkp@uwm.edu

Student Support Services (SSS)

The SSS Bridge program helps students better understand their changing financial responsibilities, become familiar with the services, resources and staff of UWM and improve Math and Reading skills.Bridge provides an excellent opportunity for students to get to know their SSS advisor, become familiar with the UWM campus and to get to know other incoming freshmen. While the Bridge program is not required of SSS participants, it is very strongly encouraged.The SSS Bridge program is free.There is an optional residential component for students who wish or need to live on campus, though there is a fee for the residential component.

For more information, visit the SSS Website

UWM’s Student Support Services (SSS) Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.We provide academic support to new freshmen who meet at least one of three eligibility requirements:

1. First generation college student

2. Household taxable income and family size is below limits

3. Student has a documented disability.

To see if a student is eligible a parent or legal guardian must complete an SSS eligibility form available at http://www4.uwm.edu/sss/pdf/Eligibility_Form_13-14.pdf Eligible students are given the option of joining SSS if they so desire with the permission of the school/college that admitted him/her to UWM.

Contact:

Dan Patnode
Director
Mitchell Hall 135B
dbp@uwm.edu

Fostering Opportunities for Tomorrow’s Engineers (FORTE)

Summer Enrichment Program - Your Path to Success

Application Deadline: May 10, 2014

Want to experience college life, get a taste of engineering, and enhance your academic preparation – all before enrolling in the Fall? If you are a new freshman seeking calculus placement, then the FORTE Summer Enrichment Program is for you. The program will run July 9-August 5, 2014. If you participate, you will:

  • Live in Sandburg Residence Hall with other engineering & computer science students
  • Receive a weekly meal stipend
  • Review pre-calculus (algebra and trigonometry) through both instructor-led and self-paced activities
  • Solve engineering problems and conduct experiments
  • Explore exciting fields such as biomechanics, alternative energy, medical imaging, and environmental protection
  • Meet other students, faculty, and industry partners through social events and field trips
  • Retake the math placement test at the end of the program
  • Earn a $1000 scholarship applicable to Fall tuition upon attaining calculus placement
Depending on your admission status, you may be required to participate in the summer enrichment program as outlined in your letter of admission, or you will be invited in the Spring after your math placement has been determined.

To secure your spot in our FORTE Summer Enrichment Program, please submit the $100 registration fee and the Agreement Form.

FORTE Summer Enrichment Program Agreement Form - PDF
Math Placement Test Review Information - PDF
UWM-CEAS FORTE Summer Program Goals, Requirements, Expectations and Daily Schedule - PDF
 

If you have any questions regarding the FORTE Summer Enrichment Program, please contact:

Dee Dee Wallace
wallacdm@uwm.edu
414-229-4667


UR@UWM Summer Research Program

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014.
The Office of Undergraduate Research will be inviting a small group of incoming students to campus for four weeks during the summer (July 9 - August 8) to engage in cutting edge research with leading UWM faculty. This competitive program will pair each student with a researcher on campus, and provide room and board in the Sandburg residence halls, as well as a $1000 stipend. Students will spend 25-35 hours a week in their research mentors' lab settings, as well as meet twice weekly with the other summer researchers for a seminar that introduces them to the culture of university research. There will also be social activities to help make valuable connections and become familiar with the UWM environment.

Links
A list of projects and applications are available here:  Click Here

Office Contact information
Kyla Esguerra, kylam@uwm.edu
Associate Director
Office of Undergraduate Research
Bolton Hall 192, Ph. (414) 229-2641
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
www.our.uwm.edu