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FIELD OF STUDY
Buzz DeLaRosby Two Harbors High School Physics
Barb LaMourea Hermantown High School Biology
Sheila Lindenberg Charles Mott Community College, Computer Technology
Nancy Nelson University of Minnesota-Duluth Geology
Dr. Paul Stein The College of St. Scholastica Biochemistry
The diversity in the instructors' backgrounds provided a broad foundation of expertise which
helped ensure that the program was appropriately challenging. In addition to the instructors,
college science majors assisted with labs, field trips, and recreational time. These college-age
counselors provided an important link, serving as role models for the students in addition to
providing dormitory supervision.
RESULTS - Demographics
A continuing objective of the-PLUS Center and NSD is to recruit minority, female, rural, and
economically-challenged students. The following section of the report includes a review of the
results of our recruitment efforts for each of these categories; complete data is provided in
Appendix B. The information presented below was gathered from program application forms.
All applicants were required to submit forms including parental consent, basic demographic data,
and a personal statement on why they wanted to participate in the program. A report on grades
achieved and a letter of reference from a teacher or counselor were also required from all
Selection of students for admission to NSD was based primarily on interest, motivation, and
ability to achieve as interpreted from each applicant's response to questions as well as the letters
of reference, teacher recommendations, and, secondarily, on grades. The application form
included a statement that preference would be given to qualified applicants who were low-
income, rural, or minority.
The overall minority population of the Arrowhead region of Minnesota is 4 percent. American
Indians, at 2.3 percent, make up the largest segment of the minority category. We are pleased
that in 1996 we had a 20 percent minority representation in NSD. All six minority applicants
were accepted. One declined due to another commitment. The percentage of 1996 NSD
program participants that were of American Indian heritage was 12 percent.
One of the significant benefits for American Indian students who participate in NSD is that they
will most likely qualify and be prepared for the PLUS Center's new high school Upward Bound
Math and Science program entitled SUMS (Success in Understanding Math and Science). This
federally funded program has goals that are similar to those established for NSD. However,
SUMS integrates language content, in this case Ojibwe, into program activities. Moreover,
SUMS is a four-year program, with retention expected between the years. In other words, a
student could graduate from NSD, move to SUMS for several years, and participate in a Summer
Bridge program to college. There are eleven former NSD students currently enrolled in SUMS.
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