Fairmont State will offer immersive summer programs for first-generation freshmen

Fairmont State University will offer incoming first-generation freshmen the opportunity to participate in summer internships and immersive programs prior to the fall semester.

Fairmont State will serve as the host site for three First2 Network Internships taking place July 10-23. Faculty from the University’s College of Science and Technology will conduct the following internships:

Research Area 1 – Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy – Faculty Advisor, Matt Scanlon

Research Area 2 – Stream Health – Faculty Advisor, Mark Flood

· Research Area 3 – Accuracy and precision of 3D scanners when digitizing human skeletal remains – Faculty Advisor, Kristy Henson

First2 Network summer interns will reside on campus at Fairmont State University for two weeks with travel and room and board provided for the residential immersive experiences. Interns will also receive $600.

Eligible students include recent high school graduates who are first-generation students or other underrepresented students majoring in STEM and preparing to enter college freshman in fall 2022.

Students participating in First2 Network internships will be exposed to STEM culture through the academic components of the program, but will also build relationships with members of the campus community.

A student who previously participated in First2 Network opportunities at the Fairmont State said in a survey, “The First2 Club connected me with people on campus who faced the same challenges I faced as a first-generation student and provided a support system consisting of peers as well as faculty and staff members from across campus.

To learn more about summer internships offered by First2 Network at Fairmont State, visit https://first2network.org/summer-internship-sites/.

Fairmont State University will also host Dataha and Gene Smith Scholars’ Summer Bridge Program from July 10-16. All first-generation students are welcome to apply for the week-long immersive experience where they will learn about campus resources, attend workshops, stay in college. Terrace, meet other freshmen, explore Fairmont, and hone the skills needed to succeed as a student.

Meals, accommodation, and all activities are provided free of charge to students participating in the Dataha and Gene Smith Summer Program. The app can be viewed at www.fairmontstate.edu/smithfellowsapp. For more information, contact [email protected] or 304-367-4203.

“Immersive experiences such as First2 Network Internships and the Dataha and Gene Smith Summer Program are invaluable to students and their success throughout their college careers,” said Chemistry Professor Abelina Suarez, Dr. Erica Harvey. “These hands-on programs allow students to really get started before their first semester as freshmen, while building connections, a community and a support system to help them acclimate to student life. .”

In addition to summer internship opportunities, students meeting certain criteria are eligible to apply for the First2 Scholar program which provides support to students throughout the academic year. Students participating in summer programs, including First2 Network Internships or the Dataha and Gene Smith Scholars Summer Bridge Program, become competitive candidates for the First2 Scholar Program. For more information or to access the application for the First2 Scholar program, visit https://first2network.org/students/first2-academic-year-scholars/.