Science, Language Arts and Mathematics (SLAM) Workshops

SLAM Workshop I: 9th graders - July 5 - July 28, 2017.
SLAM Workshop II: 10th graders - June 5 - June 30, 2017.
SLAM Workshop III: 11th graders - June 5 - June 30, 2017.

(10th and 11th graders will be placed in either Workshop II or III based on their academic background.)

Goals of the SLAM Workshops:

  • Enhance Language Arts, Mathematics and Science skills
  • Improve your reading and test taking skills
  • Learn details about the Jackson Heart Study
  • Educate students about health issues that affect African Americans
  • Provide information about career opportunities in the health sciences

Structure of the workshops:

  • There is no fee for attending the workshops.
  • Upon successful completion of the workshop each participant will receive a stipend.
  • All workshop sessions include classes in Reading enhancement.
  • Classes are taught by experienced teachers.
  • Classes are held Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Selection criteria:

  • Overall Grade Point Average
  • Courses taken
  • Standardized test scores
  • Recommendation letters
  • Quality of essay submitted with application

What is the Jackson Heart Study (JHS)?

The African-American population in Mississippi has the highest mortality rate from cardiovascular disease in the United States. The National Institutes of Health has established this study in Jackson to investigate the factors causing this major health problem. This project, which is the only one of its type in the United States, involves the three institutions is Jackson, Mississippi - Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Role of the Undergraduate Training and Education Center

The role of the Undergraduate Training and Education Center (UTEC) at Tougaloo College is to increase the pool of minority students entering health-related professions. A key component of this project is the Science, Language Arts, and Mathematics (SLAM) program for high school students. The SLAM program’s goal is to provide a large pool of well-trained high school students who, upon entering college, can successfully complete the curriculum requirements at an undergraduate college and have the necessary background and interest to pursue health careers. Tougaloo College’s summer workshops are designed to provide excellent preparation for success in higher studies and to pursue advanced degrees in health professions.

Application procedure for new students:

  • Complete the application. (THE APPLICATION MUST BE TYPED)
  • A one page essay that answers the following questions: (i) What are your career goals?; (ii) How will participating in this program help you achieve those goals?; (iii) What extracurricular activities are you involved in?; (iv) How do you keep up with current events? and (v) Do you read and if so what do you read and how often? This essay should be typed on a separate sheet of paper. In your essay, please answer the questions beginning with a topic sentence. Example: My career goals are....
  • Tenth and Eleventh grade applicants are required to submit an official academic high school transcript with all grades through the end of the last completed school year and the most recent report card for the current school year.
  • Ninth graders must submit the most recent report card.
  • Have the attached recommendation forms sent to the JHSUTEC by two teachers.  One recommendation form must be from a math or science teacher.  The other recommendation form must be from a teacher who assigns grades in their respective class.
  • Students invited to return to SLAM II or III should not complete this application but submit the information form sent with the invite back letter.

Application deadline - Thursday, March 9th, 2017 (No Exceptions) 

Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible before the application deadline.

* Note: For these forms to be fillable you must right-click* and save the file to your computer and open with Acrobat Reader. They are typically not fillable when opened in a browser. *

pdf  2017 SLAM Application *

Mail completed application to:
Director JHSUTEC SLAM Program
JHSUTEC Tougaloo College
500 West County Line Road
Tougaloo, MS 39174

or fax completed application to:
Fax: 601.977.4488

All recommendation forms must be received by the due date to complete the application of this student.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.