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MASP’s Program for Excellence in Academics & Community (PEAC) has accurately been called “an academic boot camp.” Every summer, MASP invites up to 25 of the top incoming freshman in Arts & Sciences to attend PEAC. Potential PEAC students have impressive high school credentials and are among the top students in their schools. However, even among the best-prepared high school students, the difference between high school-level and university-level work and expectations is substantial. PEAC is designed to acclimate high achieving students to the academic culture of the university and begins to show students how to go from being outstanding in high school to being outstanding university students the summer before they begin at CU.

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MASP’s co-seminars complement and build upon knowledge from specified gateway courses (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Organic Chemistry, Pre-Calculus/Calculus, Writing, Anthropology). MASP seminars are intended to expose the students to concepts found across many disciplines (Research Methods, Research Seminar, etc.). Science students are required to take a co-seminar for each corresponding course and have the option of enrolling in the research co-seminar. Humanities students are required to complete a two-year series, culminating with an Independent Research Project for Humanities and Social Sciences students or a Creative Work for Lively Arts students.

Research Experiences – Experiential Learning

MASP encourages all its students to gain meaningful research experience. Research experiences are necessary in order be competitive applicants for Medical/Health fields and graduate schools as well as for employment. MASP also believes that research experiences and/or opportunities for creative works are essential in the social science and humanities fields as a way to synthesize and extend one’s classroom learning. In order to stress research experiences across the College of Arts & Sciences, MASP:

  1. Aligns itself with undergraduate programs with similar academic and intellectual missions to MASP (e.g., McNair, Undergraduate Academy, etc.).
  2. Continues to strengthen national alliances with similar academic programs (e.g., Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students [ABRCMS]).
  3. Works to achieve national recognition to benefit CU-Boulder as an exemplary academic program (referred academic journal publications).