Summer Start – Science Scholars

August 15-18, 2022    REGISTRATION CLOSED

Welcome to UCA’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics!  We’re excited to have you join us as a major in our Biology or Chemistry program.  Because we know that some students are challenged by these programs in their first year, we are offering the Science Scholars Program through Summer Start 2022. We want you to have a successful year as a new Bear! 

Students working on projects togetherUCA’s Summer Start – Science Scholars program is a “by invitation-only” program, and a great way to improve your preparation for a major in Biology or  Chemistry.  It’s also free once you’ve applied and submitted a $25 registration fee.

The Science Scholars Program will help you get a head start on college by providing you with opportunities to:

  • Become familiar with our science labs and buildings
  • Learn how to apply your math skills in Chemistry courses
  • Improve your reading, note-taking, and test-taking skills (especially in Biology and Chemistry classes!)
  • Learn about the resources UCA offers to help you succeed in all of your classes
  • Meet other students, faculty, and staff before classes even begin
  • Have fun!
Three students in tutoring services center working problems togetherProgram Schedule

Join members of UCA’s faculty and some of your peers online to learn more about strategies and resources for being a successful major in CNSM, and then meet up with the faculty and other students during Welcome Week for in-person tours of UCA’s science labs and more.


Aug 15 – 10am-Noon online (synchronous zoom session)

Aug 16 – On-your-own (asynchronous) biology module*

Aug 17 – On-your-own (asynchronous) chemistry module*

Aug 18 – 10am-Noon online (synchronous zoom session)

Aug 22 – Noon Picnic with Faculty (Welcome Week event, on campus)

Aug 23 – 3pm Meet-n-Greet & Lab Tours (Welcome Week event, on campus)

*Faculty will be available online during Zoom “office hours” on these days

Program Eligibility and Costs

This program is “by invitation-only” for students who have declared a major in Chemistry or Biology, and who are first-generation and/or a Pell recipient and/or from underrepresented student populations and/or from rural areas or high schools. Eligible students will receive an email invitation from the Office of Student Success in mid-April and again in early May. Check your UCA email.  The invitation code will be included in your invitation email.  If you are interested in participating but do not receive an invitation, please discuss the program with your academic advisor during SOAR, and ask for a referral.

NOTE:  As the program is primarily online, all applicants should ensure that they will have easy access to a computer and internet capable of running Zoom and short videos during the program.

General Eligibility Requirements

Students participating in the Science Scholars Program must

  • Be an entering first-year UCA student admitted for Summer or Fall 2022
  • Declare a biology or chemistry major
  • Enroll in BIOL 1440 and CHEM 1450 for Fall 2022 (ideally)
  • Meet UCA’s placement requirements for non-developmental college-level math for Fall 2022
  • Have a completed Fall 2022 course schedule before the start of the program

To be successful in this program, you should:

  • Apply early
  • Attend a Summer SOAR session and complete New Bear Central (online orientation)
  • Attend all components of the Science Scholars program (online synchronous, online asynchronous, in-person during Welcome Week)
  • Complete all assignments as assigned by the instructors

Application Deadline & Program Costs

Students must complete the registration process (completed Registration Form and registration fee).  However, please note that seats are limited, so apply early.

Cost: Students will only be asked to submit a $25 registration fee with their application. Additional costs are covered by the Office of Student Success and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Cancellation refunds for registration payments are available up until 4 pm on August 1st and must be requested in writing to


 Registration not complete until payment has been received.