H13-1848. REACH Program (Research Experiences Across Cultures at Hope College). Records, 2010. 1 folder.


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The goals of the REACH program are four-fold. First, they aim to provide hands-on, high-quality and closely-mentored research opportunities for Holland area high school students and teachers in order to engage them in the excitement of scientific discovery. Secondly, by offering at least half of the REACH summer research positions to students from underrepresented groups that they hope will go on to study science or math at the college level, they aim to increase the diversity of students at Hope. Thirdly, by offering professional development opportunities for all of the REACH student participants, they aim to give them valuable information about college and careers that will encourage them to pursue science in college and beyond. Lastly, by working closely with Holland area students, parents, teachers, school administrators and business leaders, they aim to improve the communication and educational opportunities between Holland area students and teachers and Hope College faculty, staff and students. Hope College created the Research Experiences Across Cultures at Hope (REACH) program in the fall of 2005 in order to build on the existing strengths of Hope’s undergraduate research programs by providing opportunities for high school students and teachers to do research alongside Hope faculty members and undergraduates in the Natural and Applied Sciences Division. In particular, the creation of the REACH program is one of Hope’s recent efforts to increase the diversity of students studying math and science at Hope. Many Hope faculty members, students and staff worked hard to support the twenty-nine high school students and two teachers that have participated in the REACH program in the first three summers. The collection contains a book on the Summer 2010 program. (R)


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