What is M-Sci?
M-Sci is a two-year program for students interested in any of the natural sciences and mathematics and who have been admitted to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts of the University of Michigan. The sciences and mathematics at LSA include a wide range of majors offered through the departments of Astronomy; Biophysics; Chemistry; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Mathematics; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Physics; and Statistics.
The program begins with an intensive summer residential academic program followed by two years of special programming. The M-Sci Program is designed to strengthen and diversify the cohort of students who will receive their degrees in science or mathematics from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, students who participate in M-Sci will be exceptionally well prepared to seek career opportunities or to attend graduate or professional school in the sciences or mathematics.
What Happens During the M-Sci Summer Program? M-Sci students will spend the summer term living in an UM residence hall and taking three courses in math, science, and writing for a total of nine credits. The cost of tuition and room and board will be the student’s responsibility, although financial aid may cover some or all of these costs for students who are eligible. In addition to a daily schedule of classes, M-Sci students will participate in evening study sessions, attend lectures, work closely with academic coaches, and participate in an array of social, cultural and personal growth experiences. Upon successful completion of the summer term, M-Sci students will have earned nine credits toward their degree, in addition to a $1,500 stipend.
What Happens During Years One and Two? Academic coaches will continue to support M-Sci students and help them to achieve success while managing academic and personal challenges. M-Sci students will also participate in monthly “family” meetings, attend social and cultural programs offered throughout the academic year, and join peer-led study groups for their science courses. Many M-Sci students will be eligible to receive comprehensive financial aid during fall and winter terms. During their first and/or second year, M-Sci students will conduct research in a faculty laboratory as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and will be strongly encouraged and supported in finding a paid research experience during the summer between their first and second years.
What Happens After Year Two? By the end of sophomore year, M-Sci students will have declared their area of concentration. This will make them eligible for guidance by departmental concentration advisors and research mentors. M-Sci juniors and seniors will continue to be part of the M-Sci community, participating in family meetings and giving back to the community through being study-group leaders, peer tutors, and residential or academic facilitators for the summer program.
What are the Benefits of Participating in M-Sci? Research suggests participation in a high quality, challenging summer transition program, followed by comprehensive support throughout the academic year, increases academic excellence. M-Sci develops a strong community of supportive peers along with faculty and staff that encourage students to build upon their strengths as they develop personally, academically and professionally. Participants also receive a $1,500 stipend upon successful completion of the summer program. Additional financial aid benefits may also be available.