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Prospective Students

Research suggests participation in a high quality, challenging summer transition program, followed by comprehensive support throughout the academic year, increases academic excellence. M-Sci develops a strong community of supportive peers along with faculty and staff that encourage students to build upon their strengths as they develop personally, academically and professionally. Participants also receive a $1,500 stipend upon successful completion of the summer program. Additional financial aid benefits may also be available.

Eligibility

In order to apply to become a member of the M-Sci Academy you must first be 

  • Accepted to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts             
  • Graduate from high school before the program start date (typically the end of June)
  • Entering your first year (transfer students are not eligible)
  • Commit two years to the M-Sci Academy and uphold our values
  • Agree to reside in assigned dorms and refrain from rushing a social sorority/fraternity or joining a living-learning community for your first year

The M-Sci Academy is one component of the University of Michigan M-STEM Academies and is open to any newly admitted first-year student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.  Information about the program structure, benefits, and expectations, as well as a sample schedule of the five-week summer program, can be found on this page.  The application for the M-Sci Academy will open on Tuesday, February 6th, 2024 and will close on Monday, March 25th, at 11:59 PM EST.  In addition to the information collected on the M-Sci Application, we will use information you submitted as part of your UM Admissions application in the selection process. If you would like more in-depth information about the program, we invite you to attend one of the Information Sessions listed below. Questions can also be directed to Shannon Zuniga at flowerss@umich.edu.

Information Session

Interested in learning more about the M-Sci Academy before applying? We will be hosting two information sessions.

  • Sunday, February 18th @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST | Virtual (watch 2024 recording here)
  • Saturday, March 16th @ 1:00 AM - 2:30 PM EST | In-Person (lunch included)

RSVP for information sessions

Summer Program

M-Sci students will spend the summer term interacting with U-M faculty and staff and taking three courses in math, science, and writing. In addition to a daily schedule of classes, M-Sci students will participate in study sessions, attend lectures, work closely with academic coaches, and participate in an array of social, cultural, and personal growth experiences. Upon successful completion of the summer term requirements, M-Sci students will have gained an introduction to U-M classes, in addition to a $1,500 stipend.

First-Year Students

Academic Coaching - Academic coaches will meet monthly with M-Sci students and help them to achieve success while managing academic and personal challenges.

Personal, Professional, and Academic Development - M-Sci students will also participate in monthly cohort meetings, attend social and cultural programs, and join peer-led study groups for their science courses throughout the academic year.

Financial Support - Many M-Sci students will be eligible to receive comprehensive financial aid during the fall and winter terms. 

Research - M-Sci students can conduct research in a faculty laboratory as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and will be strongly encouraged and supported in finding a paid research experience during the summer between their first and second years. 

Summer between First and Second Year

During the winter term of your first year, we will start discussing your options for the summer. M-Sci will help you secure research opportunities and notify you of available internships and international experiences. You are also eligible to work for M-Sci during the summer as academic or student life facilitators as we welcome the next year’s cohort. 

Second-Year Students

As second years, you will continue to meet with your academic coaches as you pursue academic and career goals. Cohort meetings will be held and tailored specifically for your curriculum and interests. M-Sci will continue to support you in seeking professional and personal development opportunities.