Embracing Quantitative Understanding and the Inquiry Process (EQUIP)
is a program designed to build a community for historically underrepresented first-year students who are interested in completing a degree in mathematics or other STEM studies.
EQUIP focuses on strengthening and making connections to important mathematical skills while challenging students to explore & deepen their understanding of the role of math in other STEM areas of study such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, & physics.
“As a selected member of the EQUIP Program, I was able to become accustomed to the expectations of college-level coursework during an intensive one-week summer program. This program continues to equip me with the resources needed to be successful in research, internships, and future schooling.”
EQUIP Students Experience:
- The inquiry-based learning methods used in the majority of the math and science courses they will take at Southwestern;
- An increased depth of understanding and time commitment of college-level work;
- The opportunity to meet and talk with current Southwestern STEM majors who are doing summer research at SU;
- A clearer vision of their academic and career goals;
- The resources that SU and its math and science departments offer.
Quantitative Skills Gained Through EQUIP:
- Write mathematics clearly to an audience of your peers.
- Orally discuss mathematical ideas.
- Organize mathematics in a clear fashion.
- Gain insight into the conceptual ideas behind mathematics as opposed to the procedural ideas.
- Convert word problems from the sciences into correct mathematical expressions and equations.
- Read to understand mathematics.
- Create logical arguments from assumptions to conclusion.
- Recognize when to use a mathematical procedure.
- Recognize there are multiple paths to a solution.
- Make conjectures or generalize a concept.
- Fail effectively.