A unique two-year virtual program of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
The Summer Symposium prepares students to explore in-depth technical topics or problems in a way a traditional school schedule and calendar don't allow.
NCSSM Online offers a summer hybrid program for its rising seniors that integrates online and on-campus components. Rising seniors must register for the Symposium and space is limited. Limited space in the symposium is vailable for incoming juniors during pre-registration.
Modeled after the NCSSM residential program's miniterm, the summer symposium allows you to study a specialized topic normally not offered in NCSSM’s semester/trimester curriculum or the curriculum of freshmen and sophomore college courses. The goals: explore a topic that may influence their college or career choices, or better inform them about a societal issue or challenge, especially in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).
These hybrid courses let you complete 2/3 of the work at NCSSM’s campus, and 1/3 of the work online. These short courses are less intensive than our semester courses, and are modeled on NCSSM’s miniterm and special study option programs.
Work equivalent to 11 school days are involved: 5 to 7 are on campus, 4-5 are online.
The course grade appears on the NCSSM transcript but does NOT earn quality points to count towards the NCSSM GPA (per the school policy on special study options). Prior to 2012, the symposium was noted as a Pass/Fail course. Starting in 2012, the symposium is offered as a graded course that includes additional online pre- and post-event curriculum and assessment. The NCSSM Online students receive an A,B,C,D letter grade and (0.5) NCSSM credit for successful completion of the course.
Students may add or change their symposium course through the first day of class; they may drop by the 10th day of class, and withdraw up until the last 3 weeks of the end of symposium, which is July 10 for 2013.
Here are the steps for students...
The symposium is only open to students that already registered during course registration (February for rising seniors, May for incoming juniors).
Send in the check/purchase the book (by June 3)
Students must purchase any books on their own. For all other course expenses, send a check written or credit card payment made to NCSSM SCSSI by June 3and/or purchase the book indicated in the course materials description.
Requirements for each 2013 course will be posted on the courses page.
By Check made to NCSSM SCSSI and name of student in memo) to NCSSM Online, PO Box 2418, Durham, NC 27715.
By Credit Card. The credit card payment URL will be posted here when ready. A small surcharge is added to cover the cost of the credit card processing fee.
To enroll in the symposium, all seniors and incoming junior parents/guardians must have completed the required enrollment forms
Check Your Log-In; Read Syllabus (June 7)
Log into the class website (in either the Brainhoney, Moodle, or Canvas platform) and look for further emails from your teacher. Read the syllabus and make sure you are committed to meeting all of the requirements of the course.
Getting Ready for Campus (late June)
Student Life will send you a survey for you to request a roommate, arrival and transportaiton information, things to bring, and let us know what meals you will eat in the cafeteria,
Incoming juniors also attending the symposium will attend the ORIENTATION first; the Symposium starts right after the orientation.
Specific arrival details will be posted here when finalized.