College Preparation

Students who are in the BioTrac program at the Museum also participate in college preparation activities. Because many of our participants are first generation college-bound students, they are often not aware of the prerequisites for college admission in science, mathematics and technology majors, or the steps necessary to get into college.

Each Saturday, one grade level participates in college preparation seminars at the Museum. Students learn new study skills, review their high school course selections, explore their personal interests and values, and research potential colleges and careers. Twice each year, in partnership with Princeton Review, the Museum offers SAT preparation classes to BioTrac students in tenth and eleventh grade. On teacher planning days during the school year, students visit local colleges and during spring break of each year, students are taken on a statewide tour of Florida colleges and universities.

During the summer before their senior year, BioTrac students attend a four-day workshop hosted by College Summit, a non-profit organization that helps low-income talent enroll in college. At the workshops, students are taken through the entire college application process. They meet privately with college counselors, complete a universal computerized college application, attend financial aid workshops and rap sessions, and also participate in writing sessions in order to write their personal statement. During their senior year, the BioTrac academic counselor works weekly with senior students to make sure they are meeting all the deadlines and requirements associated with applying to college.

College Residential Experience

At the beginning of each summer, 11th and 12th grade BioTrac students participate in a week-long college immersion experience focusing on biomedical programs at two of Florida's state universities. This off-site residential experience provides students with valuable exposure to the university academic, research and social environment. Students spend three days each at the University of Florida and Florida A&M University where they participate in activities with high school students that are involved in summer programs, the Upward Bound program at Florida A & M and the Student Science Training Program at the University of Florida. At both campuses, BioTrac articipants tour the facilities, interact with students, gain exposure to biomedical programs, and become familiar with application and financial aid procedures.

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Miami Museum of Science

National Institutes of Health

Unviersity of Miami

National Center for Research Resources