The Mentoring And Student Teaching program is a long-standing outreach program at Haverford College. The program provides laboratory experiences and writing tutorials for 40-50 Philadelphia area high school and middle school students who come from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.
"I feel that both English and science are subjects that students don't always feel confident about, and I want to help them feel more confident about these subjects and themselves."
Haverford and Bryn Mawr College students prepare the course curricula, devise and teach the science labs, and work with small groups of high school and middle school students as writing tutors. Haverford College advisers for this program are Professor Andrea Morris, Cristina Fuller, and Kate Heston.
The MAST Program is designed to give students the opportunity to experience the exciting world of college first-hand, while improving their skills in scientific observation, critical thinking, and writing. Currently, MAST is supported by the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center; however, previous funding came from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and other outside agencies.
- Haverford and Bryn Mawr College students take pride in their participation in MAST and strive to create an environment that is productive as well as fun.
- Haverford and Bryn Mawr College students serve as mentors and role models. They can answer questions about college life as well as about science and writing.
- Haverford and Bryn Mawr College students create a laboratory curriculum exploring a variety of fields, including chemistry, physics and biology.
In MAST, high school and middle school students work in small groups of two to three with their tutor. As a result, each student has the opportunity to explore his or her own interests in science and writing.