Residence Life

Extracurricular Activities

At the Accelerated STEM Academy, we believe the world-class academic experience we offer should be complemented by phenomenal extracurricular activities. For this reason, we provide both our residential and commuter students with the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of clubs on a daily basis.  Whether you are interested in anything from photography to team sports, hiking to drama, or group fitness to gaming, we have a club for you.  

We also offer an array of campus-wide activities during the evening to all of our participants, such as dances, casino nights, and karaoke nights.  These are catered to our participants’ many interests and are designed to ensure everyone experiences a rich campus life beyond the classroom.  While these will vary from week to week, our campus-wide activities are sure to be an exciting cap on a week jam-packed with transformative experiences.

We also place all of our participants into “RA Groups”.  These tight-knit communities are each led by one RA whose job it is to mentor students, help them negotiate the various components of college life, and understand our program’s policies.
 
Please note that, while none of our participants will be allowed to explore campus or go off campus without staff supervision, our robust residential program ensures that everyone has a wide array of enriching and engaging activities from which to choose on a daily basis.

Housing

All residential Accelerated STEM Academy participants will live on campus for the duration of the program. Accommodations will be in one of the residence halls on Duke University’s historic West Campus and within walking distance of Duke Chapel, Perkins Library, Duke Gardens, dining facilities, and classrooms.

You will also have the full-time support of a robust residential and administrative staff. You will be assigned to a residential group of approximately 15 peers from around the world and under the mentorship of a Resident Assistant. Your RA will help ensure that you thrive academically and socially.

Dining

Duke University is one of the top-ranked college food in America.  Accelerated STEM Academy participants will be given meal swipes, which they will use to dine at a wide selection of campus eateries. Residential STEM participants will be given three meals per day, Extended Commuter STEM participants will be given two meals a day while Commuter STEM participants will be given lunch each day.  Unused meal swipes will not be refunded at the end of the program. With Duke’s state-of-the-art dining facilities, you will be able to select from a wide variety of enjoyable and healthful dining options.

If you decide to venture off campus and explore Durham with your RA group, which will be supervised by your RA, you will discover what Southern Living has deemed as “The South’s Tastiest Town”. Although you will not be able to use your meal plan off-campus, you may wish to explore Durham’s extraordinary array of restaurants with your RA group.

Gym Information

While you are not allowed to use Duke’s on-campus gym, you may sign up for the Millenium Sports Club to work out during your time at Duke.  Below are some important guidelines:

* The cost for all programs up to one month is $25 USD, paid to Millenium Sports Club in cash on your first visit to the gym.  Please note that, although the STEM program only allows for three visits to the Millenium Sports Club, the fee remains $25 USD.

* You must sign and upload the Millenium Sports Club Waiver by the deadline (May 14, 2020 for Term One, June 1 for Term Two).  You will not be able to sign up after these deadlines. You will submit your anticipated workout schedule in CampDoc when you upload the Waiver form.

* You will not use the locker room or showering facilities at the Millenium Sports Club.

* You will be able to use all equipment during your workout, but you will not sign up for group classes.

* Gym hours are as follows:

STEM (residential and extended commuter): Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday during gym club 4:30 – 5:45pm 
Summer Academy: Monday – Thursday during gym club 4:30 – 5:45pm; Saturday and Sunday 10 – noon and 2 – 5:45pm
Summer College: Monday – Thursday 10 – noon, 2-4pm and 4:30 – 5:45pm; Saturday and Sunday 10 – noon and 2 – 5:45pm

 

Weeknight Academics Expos

We are proud to offer a variety of academic enrichment opportunities. These extracurricular activities are designed to inspire and guide participants towards a life of academic success. Residential and Extended Commuter STEM participants are invited to attend weeknight academic expos following dinner.

College Preparation Expo

Applying to and succeeding in college can prove challenging without adequate preparation. Attend this Weeknight Expo and get important tips on how to prepare a competitive application packet, what to expect in your first year of college, and how to tackle its challenges. We start by exploring the college search process and identifying factors that will lead you to find the college that will be the best fit for you. We then review the components of a college application packet.  This involves sharing strategies for writing an effective college application essay, creating a resume, and constructing an activities list that will reflect your interests and potential contributions to a college community. Finally, we explore the potential opportunities and challenges you may face during your first year as a college student. We will discuss strategies for adapting to a new environment, managing your time, and staying healthy. In addition, we will provide academic and residential resources to help you successfully navigate your exciting and challenging first year of college.

Academic Writing Expo

College-level writing requires practice, but primarily it involves the command of certain skills that will make your prose professional, persuasive, and sophisticated. Choose this Weeknight Expo and learn the strategies and foundations that will contribute to your academic success. You will learn how to create a draft for a college-level paper, how to use citations properly, and how to differentiate between quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing. You will also have the opportunity to practice creating an effective argument in your paper. Finally, learn what plagiarism is, how to avoid it, and what are the typical academic and life consequences for plagiarism and academic dishonesty convictions.

Typical STEM (Residential) Daily Schedule

8:00 am - 8:45 am Breakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pm STEM activity
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:05 pm- 4:30 pm STEM activity
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm Clubs
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm- 9:00 pm Evening Activities
9:30 pm Residential Hall Meeting
11:00 pm Quiet Time

 

Typical Extended Commuter STEM Daily Schedule

8:00 am - 8:45 am Campus Arrival
9:00 am – 12:00 pm STEM activity
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:05 pm- 4:30 pm STEM activity
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm Clubs
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm- 9:00 pm Evening Activities

 

Typical Commuter STEM Daily Schedule 

8:00 am - 8:45 am Campus Arrival
9:00 am – 12:00 pm STEM activity
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:05 pm- 4:30 pm STEM activity