Academic Showcase Planned for Science, Math

William Woods University will hold a Biology, Chemistry and Math Academic Showcase for prospective students and their parents on Jan. 31. A new concept for WWU, the Saturday event will feature informational sessions and workshops.

“Our faculty and staff are dedicated to hosting academic showcases on Saturdays so students can experience in-depth what WWU has to offer in those degree programs,” Leyla Goodsell, enrollment services representative and event coordinator, said.

“Students have fewer excused days from school for college visits now and it’s important for us to schedule group visitation events that take that into consideration.”

The event will provide an opportunity for families to learn about WWU degree programs, internships, job placement, graduate school and study abroad. Campus tours will be provided and financial aid sessions will be held.

“As faculty in science and math, we are excited about the exceptional opportunities we can provide in both small classroom instruction and hands-on laboratory experience in leading fields of research,” Mary Spratt, professor of biology, said.

“Few colleges or universities of even much larger size are able to provide such experiences at the undergraduate level for their students.”

The academic showcase will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end mid-afternoon. The math and science faculty are planning separate sessions for all students highlighting biology, chemistry, math and study abroad, as well as hands-on sessions in biology and chemistry where students can actually work with technical equipment.

“We’ll also provide information highlighting courses of study, our unique Mentor/Mentee program teaming faculty and students for undergraduate research and a view of our exceptional laboratory and research equipment,” Spratt said.

Students also have the option of attending a class the day before and/or staying overnight on campus Friday. Future events are planned to showcase business; psychology/social work; visual, performing and communication arts, and honors. Students may register for this or future events online or by calling 800-995-3159 ext. 4221.