MOS (Mathematics Opportunities in the Summer)

Mathematics Opportunities in the Summer (MOS) is an exciting, residential summer mathematics program for rising junior and senior high school students in the surrounding counties of the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. The MOS leadership team includes Drs. Volkan Sevim, Davide Fusi, and Morgin Jones Williams, mathematics faculty members in the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB). The MOS program first launched in the summer of 2021. Two cohorts of students participated in two 10-day residential summer sessions. This year, program leadership will offer two 7-day residential summer sessions in July 2022. The summer enrichment program is designed to: a) broaden participants’ perspectives and educational experiences, and help them identify their specific interests and pursue further academic studies in college or technical school, b) inspire and build participants’ confidence so that they envision themselves as future college students or technical workers, c) increase participants’ problem solving and analytical skills, d) increase participants’ interest in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields after high school, by providing them with experience-based learning opportunities in math, science, and technology, and e) enrich and broaden students’ understanding of mathematics, and provide them with college-ready and workplace-ready math skills.

MOS program participants experience life as a college student. During each residential summer session, each participant lives in a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment on USCB’s Bluffton Campus. Participants travel daily to USCB’s Hilton Head Island Campus and participate in engaging, thought-provoking academic activities. Throughout the duration of the 7-day session, MOS participants not only explore important mathematical concepts in a hands-on, fun, experiential setting, with the help of university professors, who are experts in their fields, but also learn how to code and write basic computer programs, and learn about the science of marine biology. By offering rigorous, yet accessible, learning experiences, coupled with extensive academic support, program leadership hopes to expand participants’ thinking around educative possibilities in STEM, mathematics in particular, and identify potential career paths.

Program leadership would like to sincerely thank the following 2021 sponsors for supporting the mission of and providing the funding for the MOS program: Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, Block 3 Family Fund (a fund of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry), USCB Office of Academic Affairs, and Jasper County School District, Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School. Their contributions make this large undertaking a reality.

For more information please contact: mos@uscb.edu

MOS 2021-First Cohort (July 11-July 21)MOS2021-Cohort-1

MOS 2021-Second Cohort (July 25-August 4)MOS2021-Cohort-2

Dr. Sevim working with students (MOS 2021-first cohort)MOS-Volkan

Dr. Fusi working with students (MOS 2021-second cohort)MOS-Davide-1

Dr. Jones Williams working with students (MOS 2021-second cohort)MOS-Morgin-1

Dr. Staton and Dr. Brugler during Science Day (MOS 2021-first cohort)MOS-Mercer-1

Dr. Erdei during Coding Day (MOS 2021-second cohort)MOS-Ron-1