Department of Science and Mathematics

ABOUT THIS DEPARTMENT

The Department of Science and Mathematics prepares students for a diverse range of careers and continued learning opportunities after graduation.

From course work to hands-on laboratory experience, the Science and Mathematics Department aims to provide students with a comprehensive background and understanding of essential principles pertaining to their chosen field.

Students will gain experience to effectively communicate applied aspects of scientific and mathematical theory and present the results of their work in both formal and informal settings. This is accomplished through engaging research, real-world application and experience, and mentorship throughout the program.

Degrees and Tracks

Biology (B.S.)

The bachelor’s degree in Biology offers four tracks of study, biochemistry, general, pre-professional, and health sciences. These tracks allow the student to be most prepared for their next educational step.

Biochemistry

Students in lab

The Biochemistry degree track is designed for students pursuing professional careers in medicine, pharmaceutical positions, or advanced degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, or biology. This track provides the foundation necessary for students to successfully continue their studies after graduating from ABAC.

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Biological Sciences

Lab Instruments

The Biological Sciences track prepares students for the diverse potential of work as a biologist. This career path implements important research to help discover new cures for disease, eliminate famine, minimize human impact on our climate, increase global life expectancies, and implement biological knowledge across disciplines to impact lives for the better while also protecting our planet. Biologists are employed across the vocational spectrum with a diversity of jobs available from military and government agencies to agriculture, law, and more.

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Health Science

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The Health Sciences track focuses on the important work of studying how the human body is impacted by biological factors and the steps necessary to keep it healthily maintained. Students interested in professions such as physical or occupational therapy, physician assistance, athletic training, and other clinical related fields will find the Health Science track prepares them to enter the workforce or confidently continue their studies in graduate school.

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Pre-Professional

Students in Bio lab

The Pre-Professional track provides an essential and comprehensive framework for those interested in pursuing continued professional education. Students who graduate from the Pre-Professional track go on to study medicine, dentistry, veterinary fields, forensic science, and a multitude of other clinical related fields.

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Regent's Engineering Pathway

The Regents’ Engineering Pathway (REP) Program was established in 1986 to expand the availability of engineering education opportunities for Georgians. In its current structure, students complete two or more years of engineering pathway courses at University System of Georgia (REP Partner) institutions and then transfer to Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University or the University of Georgia to complete a B.S. degree in Engineering.

In 2016-17 there were four ABAC students who applied to Georgia Tech for transfer from ABAC and all four were admitted!

Students interested in more information should contact Mr. Shawn Seat at sseat@abac.edu or 229.391.5127.

Regional Science and Engineering Fair

ABAC prides itself on the many accomplishments of local students and is proud to showcase their scholastic work at the ABAC Regional Science and Engineering Fair. It provides an opportunity for students in grades six through twelve to exhibit the results of their scientific or mathematical thoughts and experiments. The ABAC Regional Fair hosts students from the surrounding counties of Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Crisp, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Thomas, Tift, Turner, and Worth.

REMINDERS TO TEACHERS, Parents, and Staff

Don’t forget that students must participate in a local or school fair before entering the ABAC Regional Fair.  Each school should hold their own fair in order to determine which projects should advance.  While the ABAC RSEF committee realizes not every student is a scientist, some projects from previous years did not meet the criteria expected at a regional level fair.  ABAC RSEF judge’s decisions are final. Please note: GSEF rules allow a student to participate in only their designated regional fair and ninth grade students must compete in the senior division even if the project is a continuation project from earlier year.

Several forms must be filled out and signatures obtained BEFORE the student can begin their project. Please read over the forms to be sure of what needs to be completed before your students start their projects. Please read the ISEF Rules & Guidelines as it ensures that all eligible students have an equal opportunity at all Science and Engineering Fairs.

All projects require the completion of an ABAC RSEF Application and an official GSEF Abstract Form. Attached below are the RSEF Application Form and links to the official GSEF Abstract Forms.

Further details about GSEF can be found in the Link below:

https://www.georgiacenter.uga.edu/youth/academic-special-programs/georgia-science-and-engineering-fair

 

Director:
Dr. Bal Khatiwada
bkhatiwada@abac.edu
229.391.5197
229.391.51o1

Co-Director:  Dr. Heather Cathcart

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Have you ever considered a career in research but have never had the chance to conduct any research of your own? Research Experiences for Undergraduates, or REUs, are a great way to find out if a career in research is right for you. REUs are paid summer internships funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other similar programs and foundations, located at Research I institutions and Federal Research Laboratories across the United States. REUs give you real-world experience of what it is actually like to work in a laboratory setting. In an REU, you will work closely with a faculty mentor and other researchers on a specific research project. You will gain valuable experiences, such as learning new laboratory techniques, which can assist you in future studies and make you more marketable and desirable to graduate and professional programs.

  • REUs are available in all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.
  •  On average, the salary (or stipend) for an REU is $5,000 for a ten week internship. Stipend amounts vary by program but range from $3,000 to $5,000+. Many programs assist with housing, travel, and food expenses.
  • Most REUs are eight to ten weeks in length.
  • Application deadlines vary from program to program and begin anywhere from early December to late March.
  •  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has a database where you can search for REUs by subject area and/or location.
  • The American Mathematical Society (AMS) also has a database of Mathematics REUs.
  • Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. Also, most programs require you to be a rising junior or rising senior. Most programs prefer for you to have taken some sophomore-level science major courses such as Organic Chemistry and/or Zoology. Generally, you must have at least an additional year of undergraduate coursework remaining after your REU.

Tips & How-To
How do I choose an REU that’s right for me? What sparks your interest – is it genetics? Insects? Marine biology? Maybe it’s plants? Or physics? Or Engineering? Whatever interests you, there is probably an REU for it. There are hundreds of REUs available in all STEM fields. You can search for REUs by subject matter if you have a specific area in mind, or you can scan the whole database and see if anything catches your eye. There’s an REU for everyone.

The Application
Most REU applications require basic information (name, address, etc.), a paragraph on your personal interests, transcript (official or unofficial – depending on the institution), and usually 2-3 letters of reference. The letters of reference are usually from professors or employers.

The School of Arts and Sciences new reference letter policy requires students eliciting letters from professors to fill out a request form and allow 3 weeks from time of submission of aforementioned form to delivery/submission of reference letter. Do not wait until the last minute to submit this form!

LSAMP Scholarship

The Southwestern Georgia STEM Pathways Alliance (SWGA-SPA) is a collaborative research project funded by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) with the goal of transforming the STEM learning environment by significantly increasing the number of URM majors graduating with baccalaureate degrees in STEM disciplines and entering graduate STEM programs.

Program Benefits
In addition to the financial stipends, participants will receive the benefits of the following program components:

  • Mentoring
  • Research internship opportunities
  • Annual research conference and graduate school fair meetings
  • Preparation for the Graduate Research Examination (GRE)

Applicant Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the program, an applicant must:

  • Be a student enrolled at one of the partner institutions (ABAC, Columbus State University, Columbus Technical College, South Georgia Technical College, Georgia Southwestern State University, Valdosta State University)
  • Pursue an associate or undergraduate degree in an LSAMP approved STEM discipline
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident with a documented qualifying condition (see application for types of conditions)
  • Have a GPA of at least a 2.5 in high school (for entering Freshman) or college as calculated by the HOPE scholarship program or a 145 GED score

Maintaining Eligibility Requirement
Participants must:

  • Be a full-time student in an LSAMP approved STEM discipline, with a cumulative institutional GPA above the applicant eligibility requirement
  • Participate in required activities
  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence both inside and outside of the classroom within their chosen STEM discipline

Contact Information

Lab Sciences Building

ABAC 15, 2802 Moore Hwy., Tifton, GA 31793