The goal of the University NOW program is to provide an opportunity for under-represented high school students in San Diego to (a) envision themselves as college students, and (b) successfully complete a university-level integrated biology/writing course. The students are typically 11th graders that come to PLNU three days per week in the afternoon. Juniors are the target audience for University NOW because we believe that they have the skills and maturity to handle college material, and they are at that point in their high school career where they are starting to think seriously about college as an option.
The University NOW students enroll in a specially designed interdisciplinary course in Writing and Human Biology & Bioethics that extends over two semesters. Over the duration of the program (12 years), we have found that the ability to write well is crucial for success in college, and therefore, have incorporated the writing component into the biology course. Upon successful completion of the course, the students may receive one semester of college credit for both biology and introductory writing.
There are 24 positions available.
Applicant must be a Junior at partnership high school, ethnic minority preferred and have a 2.0 GPA.
Participant recieves: tuition, supplies and program materials
Finacial Support is available.
Dr. April Maskiewicz
Biology Department, 3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106-2899