Scientific Connections RAP Fall 2014

This RAP is ideal for first-year students who have a passion for scientific exploration, creativity and research. 

It is open to students who are declared OR interested in a science, math, or engineering major, specifically for those with a desire to approach their studies from an interdisciplinary perspective.

When you join this RAP you will:

  • Work with accomplished faculty to design and carry out innovative team-projects that emphasize the application of scientific method, with a focus on the connections between math, chemistry, and other fields.
  • Share your living-and-learning experience with a community of high-achieving students who share your interests.
  • Take part in activities that will help prepare you to apply for the  iCONS program for Spring 2015. Check out this great video about iCons!

In this unique RAP seminar you will...

Be immersed in a scientific process that prepares you for future interdisciplinary study:

  • Learn how faculty from different disciplines approach similar problems.
  • Work in a small team to identify research problems that could be solved by incorporating elements of math, chemistry, and other fields.
  • Draw conclusions; present and refine your research project.
  • Reflect on your research experience   

Learn and refine important scientific skills:

  • Working in teams
  • Developing scientific questions
  • Data collection and analysis
  • How to use the techniques of mathematics and statistics in interpreting data and answering scientific questions


Samantha Bell, RAP Mentor Fall 2012


There is a great deal of math involved in many science activities and projects so it is extremely beneficial for student joining this RAP to be well prepared to be successful in calculus or a higher level math class.

Join a community of like-minded peers who are motivated to explore the Physical Sciences. You will make connections to faculty, and learn about the goals and opportunities available within the participating departments. 

Visit the How to Join page on this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program! 



Fall 2014

ALL students in the Scientific Connections RAP will enroll in the following classes taught in the residential area:

"RAP Seminar" UNIV 190R
1 credit


"Introduction to Philosophy"- Philosophy 100 (Gen Ed AL),
4 credits


"College Writing" - English 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits, a limited number of sections will be offered in the residential area both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

Spring 2015

  • No required RAP classes.
  • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area.


Students will live together in Mary Lyon Hall in Northeast area of campus.

Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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