Summer Start – Science Scholars

August 8-13, 2021

Welcome to UCA’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics!  We’re excited to have you join us as a major in either 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 2021 to students whom we believe would benefit from an early start. We want you to have a successful year!

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 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 Welcome Week even begins
  • Have fun!
Three students in tutoring services center working problems togetherProgram Eligibility and Costs

This program is “by invitation-only.”  Students who meet the following eligibility requirements and are believed likely to benefit from the program will be contacted by the University and invited to participate.  The invitation code will be included in your invitation email or postcard.  If you are interested in participating, but do not receive an invitation, please contact your academic advisor for a referral.


General eligibility requirements

Students participating in the Science Scholars Program must

  • Be an entering first-year UCA student admitted for Summer or Fall 2021
  • Declare a biology or chemistry major
  • Have an ACT Math subscore of 19 or higher (or equivalent SAT or Accuplacer)
  • Receive a program invitation with the invitation code included (or a referral from student’s advisor)
  • Have a completed Fall 2021 course schedule before the start of the program
  • Enroll in BIOL 1440 and CHEM 1450 for Fall 2021 (ideally)

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 (science prep sessions and success workshops)
  • Complete all assignments as assigned by the instructors

Participants are expected to attend all sessions of the program throughout the week.

Application Deadline & Program Costs

Students must complete the registration process (completed Registration Form and registration fee) no later than July 19, 2021.  However, please note that seats are limited, so apply early.


The Science Scholars Program is funded by the University in partnership with Coca-Cola and Aramark.**  Students will only be asked to submit a $25 registration deposit with their application. 

** Funding is limited to applicants who meet all eligibility requirements, and students are encouraged to apply early as funding will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Program registration is open through July 19th (if seats are available).

Cancellation refunds for registration payments are available up until 4pm on July 26th, and must be requested in writing to

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 Registration not complete until payment has been received.