CALDWELL, NJ - Christine Millien of Montclair was one of 53 outstanding rising high school seniors to successfully complete the Summer College at Caldwell program. Millien, who is a student at Montclair High School, attended the intensive three-week summer math study program at Caldwell University.
All the students were selected for Summer College at Caldwell from a pool of highly competitive applicants, where one of the requirements was that they be the first generation in their family to attend a college or university.
"The students came to us enthusiastic and open to the opportunities that the program offered," said Professor Brenda Peterson, program director and assistant director of nursing at Caldwell University. "We were excited to see what they would learn and how they would apply their knowledge."
Among their many projects, they researched super foods, sustainable farming, water quality and planet environmental health in the labs, outside on campus or on various field trips. Adriana and Lourdes agreed that they "loved" the ecology class.
They used some of the most up to date technology including 3D design and the university's Aquos interactive digital boards, watched a real time surgery via "Live From Surgery" at the interactive theater at Liberty Science Center, studied the physics of motion in preparation for a field trip to the Jackals baseball game, and visited Duke Farms to learn about sustainable technology.
Dr. George Jenkins, assistant professor of dentistry at Columbia University, was a guest speaker who shared his story of growing up in Newark, New Jersey and how he and his two friends made a friendship pact to beat the odds and succeed in life. Dr. Jenkins and his friends formed the well-known group "The Three Doctors" where they speak to young people and encourage them to pursue their dreams and goals.
In the mornings, the students had the chance to learn about college readiness at classes on topics such as SAT preparation and career services.
The students showcased their final projects at a celebration Aug. 1 with an audience of 200 including teachers, principals, area legislators, and family members. They "exceeded all expectations" in presenting "a research-driven technologically-based scientific presentation," said Professor Peterson. Participants have the opportunity to earn three college credits, if the institution they choose to attend accepts those credits. This was the fourth year Caldwell University offered this program, which was made possible by a U.S. Department of Education College Access Challenge Grant through the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.
About Caldwell University
Caldwell University is a private, Catholic coed four-year university with a strong liberal arts core curriculum that enhances critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Caldwell offers 25 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs, including doctoral, master's, certificate and certification programs, as well as online and distance learning options that prepare students for today's global marketplace. The university has 15 NCAA Division II athletic teams and numerous clubs, fraternities, sororities and activities on a beautiful 70-acre campus located in the suburbs of Caldwell, New Jersey. Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. Its core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence influence academic and campus life.
For more information about Caldwell University, visit caldwell.edu.