Missouri S&T will welcome about 75 students to campus starting Sunday, July 19, for the final summer session of classes and a summer program for first-year students called Hit the Ground Running (HGR). Missouri S&T also will have new practices in place to reduce the potential impact of COVID-19.
HGR is Missouri S&T’s summer bridge program for incoming first-year students. The program gives students a four-week head start on their college experience with a combination of online and in-person instruction.
The 49 students in HGR will learn about undergraduate research, team building and leadership. They also will receive course credit in chemistry, mathematics, English and student success. HGR runs Sunday, July 19, through Friday, Aug. 14. Several students and staff serve as program instructors, advisors and mentors.
Missouri S&T’s fourth and final summer session runs Monday, July 20, through Friday, Aug. 14. A total of 79 students are enrolled for that session, but only 26 of them will be taking courses on campus. The other 53 will take courses online. Ten faculty will be teaching the courses, either on campus or remotely.
The return of students to campus for in-classroom instruction and other activities is part of a six-phase return-to-campus plan announced in May. Last March, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Missouri S&T moved all courses online for the remainder of the spring semester. The majority of faculty and staff also moved to remote teaching and working arrangements, with only employees responsible for essential operations, including some research labs, remaining on campus.
The university also canceled the spring sports season, spring commencement ceremonies and most summer camps, and moved three of its four summer sessions to online-only instruction. At that time, university officials said that the fourth summer session would provide a mix of online and in-person instruction.
In June, Missouri S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani announced plans to begin the fall semester Monday, Aug. 24, as planned, but added that courses may be delivered online, in-person or as hybrid courses that combine in-person and online instruction.
To prepare for next week’s arrival of students, Missouri S&T officials have adopted several new practices to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. These practices include:
All students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to take the Miner Pledge to indicate their commitment to protect themselves, their campus and the community by following best practices to limit the spread of COVID-19.
As Missouri S&T moves forward with plans to open campus by Aug. 24, the university is taking additional precautions. They include:
For more information about the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit coronavirus.mst.edu.
Founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 8,000 students and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 99 different degree programs in 40 areas of study, including engineering, the sciences, business and information technology, the humanities, and the liberal arts. Missouri S&T is known globally and is highly ranked for providing a high return on tuition investment, exceptional career opportunities for graduates, and an emphasis on applied, hands-on learning through student design teams and cooperative education and internship opportunities. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit https://www.mst.edu.