CPaMS Scholars is based on the cohort model of building a community for the Scholars. This community is built upon the Scholars moving together through a sequence of classes and activities during their four years at Loyola, while also having a group of mentors and advisors to guide them through college life and to inform them about opportunities outside of Loyola. As a result, a natural support network will be created for each Scholar made up of faculty and peer students.
The courses and activities associated with CPaMS Scholars include:
- Pre-orientation Session: CPaMS Scholars will kick off with a one-day meeting to be held the day before Loyola's first-year fall orientation. This pre-orientation session is designed to welcome the Scholars to Loyola and encourage them to begin naturally forming a community with one another and the management team, before Loyola's activities for first-year students get underway.
- First Year Scholars and Messina Program: Scholars in their first year will participate in the same Messina program. As part of the program, Scholars will be registered in the same section of Introduction to Computer Science in the Fall and Introduction to Statistics in the Spring. These courses will be interdisciplinary focused with a concentration on physics applications and will include a variety of mentors and advisors that are aware of STEM opportunities.
- Second Year Scholars and Colloquium: Scholars in their second year will be registered in a one-credit colloquium that focuses on STEM opportunities. Speakers from academia, industry, and government will talk about internships, research, and career options available to them in STEM. Scholars will be encouraged to interact with these speakers in order to form a network of STEM professionals. The colloquium will also prepare them to apply and participate in research and/or internship opportunities the following summer which may include Loyola’s Hauber Summer Research Fellowship.
- Third Year Scholars and Project-based Computational Course: Scholars in their third year will be registered in a three-credit computational course where they will learn about the mathematics and how to program many of the key ideas in physics. At the end of the semester, the Scholars will create a computer graphics simulation of their choice.
- Fourth Year Scholars and Career Services and Graduate School Preparation: While Scholars will have received career and graduate school guidance throughout the program, every Scholar in their fourth year will be invited to workshops focused on final preparations to enter the STEM workforce or graduate school in STEM.