EQUIP (Embracing Quantitative Understanding and the Inquiry Process) was launched in Summer 2016 and is a program for admitted first-year students who are interested in majoring in a math or science field.
EQUIP focuses on strengthening important math skills and also challenges students to explore and deepen their understanding of how math is connected to other STEM areas, such as biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science.
“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.