Project A.T.O.M
Accentuating Technical
Opportunities for Minorities
Partner Meeting

April 21-22, 2000

Dr. Raj Chaudhury
is Principal Investigator
for Project A.T.O.M
Friday, April 21 7 - 9pm Banquet and Speaker Sheraton Waterside
9 - 9:30am Breakfast and Introductions Dozoretz Research
Wing 208 (CMR Bldg)
Morning 9:30 - 10:30 Project Review - Workplan,
Budgets, timeline, etc.
DRW 208
10:35 - 11:30 Interactivity in the
Woods Science Bldg.
11:30 - 12:30 Activity based Labs Woods Science Bldg.
Afternoon 12:30 - 1:15 Lunch and Video
("Minds of Our Own")
DRW 208/209
1:30 - 2:30 Assessment in ATOM DRW 208
2:30 - 3:00 Wrapup and Go Home
Project Summary

Project ATOM (Accentuating Technical Opportunities for Minorities) is a collaboration between five predominantly minority institutions aiming to reverse the trend of declining student interest in the physical sciences. Led by Norfolk State University, the consortium comprises Elizabeth City State University, Virginia State University, Fayetteville State University and University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The partners will increase the number and enhance the preparation of minorities pursuing degrees in physics, mathematics and chemistry (non-medical). The goals will be attained through a program of enrollment increases via active recruitment; high retention via support system such as tutoring and advisement and curriculum ehnancements that incorporate science content into an inquiry based learning approach. As a result of this project there will be a significant increase in the number of science majors in the pipeline for advanced degrees or technical employment. A unique model of institutional collaboration in science student recruiting, advisement and instruction will be created because of the interaction of the ATOM partners.
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