NC-MSEN Pre-College Program @ NCSU

Pre-College Program at NC State University
Activities & Components

Welcome to the Activities & Components page, below you will find information on the following:

Saturday Academy

These exciting classes are held 12 times throughout the academic school year. During each of the sessions, students take classes in math, science, communications, robotics, and career awareness. All students take classes in math, science, and communications; the other classes vary for middle school students vs. high school students. Students are grouped according to their mathematics course that they are taking in school. The math, science, and communication courses are taught by certified teachers; the other classes such as robotics are taught by experts in the appropriate field. The courses are held on the campus of North Carolina State University and are a part of the student’s participation in the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program.

If you are interested in applying for our program, please click here.

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Summer Scholars Program

The North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) Pre-College Program is a year-round program for underserved students in grades 6 – 12 that is designed to provide mathematics and science enrichment. The program’s mission is to prepare students for entrance to a four-year college/university and careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and teaching. The Summer Scholars Program is one component of the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program and is designed to provide mathematics and science enrichment to its students with a primary goal to prepare students for their 2012-13 mathematics class. Students who are currently in the 12th grade are not eligible to participate in the 2012 Summer Scholars program. The NC-MSEN Pre-College Program will admit a limited number of underserved students for its Summer Scholars Program on a first-come first-serve basis. Courses will be taught in mathematics, science, and robotics for middle school students while courses in mathematics, science, communications, robotics, and career awareness will be taught for high school students.

NOTE: Students who are non-members and who are applying to our Summer Scholars program are also applying to our year-round program; students must be willing to commit to participating in our year round program. Our year round program consists of 10 Saturdays (Enrichment Classes from 8am-12:30pm in the Fall and Spring), MSEN Day (State Math & Science Competition), our Annual Awards Day and any other required events during the year. Please view our online calendar of events for a sample of our yearly events.

The NCSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program is now accepting applications for its 2012 Summer Scholars Program. Please read the application for details on the prices. If you have questions, you may contact the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Office at NCSU, by phone at 513-8534.

Application Form:

Deadline for application submission is April 15, 2012 for non-members.

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This math and science competition event is held annually on the 4th Saturday in late April. 80 students from the NCSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program compete against students from the other eight NC-MSEN Pre-College Programs across the state. The event location rotates between participating UNC system universities. Students compete against their peers in events ranging from math and science testing to creating water bottle rockets, parachute egg drops, an oratorical contest and a quiz bowl.

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Awards Program

In mid-May, students are recognized for their outstanding academic work and program participation at a formal awards ceremony. For each school, the students who earn a GPA above a 3.0 or above are recognized. High school students who rank in the top three receive monetary awards. All other students who earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher receive honorable mention awards.

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ACE Club

Academic Chapter of Excellence (ACE) Club (high school only). Students who attend selected high schools may enroll in the ACE club program, sponsored by teachers and/or guidance counselors. The club provides a student peer support group for under served students who want to pursue academic excellence. Activities include presentations from guest speakers, field trips, and activities that enhance student interest in STEM careers as well as provide college preparation information. In addition, students gain valuable leadership skills by directing club efforts. Students are required to complete a community service project.

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Academic Enrichment Class

Academic Enrichment Class is for middle school students only. Students who attend selected middle schools and participate in the NCSU NC-MSEN Pre-College Program must enroll in an elective course called the MSEN Pre-College Class. This class provides assistance with study skills and enrichment in math and science.

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Leadership Retreat

Each October, an annual retreat is provided for high school students who are ACE club officers. The retreat is held in Reidsville at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center.

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Parents Involved in Excellence Club

Parents have a special place in this program. All parents belong to the Parents Involved in Excellence Club. Each school hosts a PIE club, which provides support for the students and their activities. The sky is the limit for this organization. Some PIE clubs at the high schools even provide scholarships for graduating seniors.

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