Bootcamp Participant Information
We are excited that you are interested in Bootcamp this year. This website will give you all of the information that you'll need about the program. We're looking forward to your application! Bootcamp will start on 17 August 2014 and will end on 22 August 2014.
Are you eligible for Bootcamp?
To participate in Biology Bootcamp, you must be a freshman enrolled in BISC160 and BISC161 (Introductory Biology for Biology Majors and the Lab). You do not need to be a Biology Major.
How do I apply to Bootcamp?
I've been accepted, now what?
After you have registered for Biology Bootcamp and you have received a notice of acceptance into the program, you'll need to consider the following:
To pay for the program, you will have to pay by check or money order. Print and sign the acceptance form and send your check to the address on the form.
Scholarships are available based on need. To be eligible for a need-based scholarship, you must submit an application to FAFSA through the office of Financial Aid. You must also indicate whether you need a scholarship on the online registration form.
Housing and Food
If you are living on campus in the fall, you will be able to move in to your dorm early with no charge for early move-in. You'll receive information about where you will be living from the Office of Student Housing. Please address all of your housing questions to them.
Bootcamp program fees include your meals. During the semester there are several options available to you through Ole Miss Dining. You will have access to food the entire week of Bootcamp and the cost is included in the Bootcamp fee.
What happens during Bootcamp?
During Bootcamp, you'll attend lectures, take exams and participate in some optional activities and workshops. Lectures are taught by faculty from the UM Department of Biology that are also teaching your BISC160 course. Lectures will cover some of the material that you will see again in introductory biology. You will experience what it is like to take a full load of classes with exams and other activities of campus life before actually taking the class.
What the program provides
The program will provide all course materials, meals and attendance to all of the activities associated with the program.
- The text book for BISC160, 161, 162, 163. This includes a one year subscription to online resources that are linked to the text (BioPortal). Our book is called Life, The Science of Biology. If you want to take a look at the book and the types of things that can help you study, head here.
- A Student Response Clicker. You'll use these in lecture and in lab. You'll have to register these on Blackboard. To see how they work, head to Turning Technologies.
Click here to find an example of a Bootcamp schedule. (This is only a sample. Please, don't rely on this for 2014.)
Feedback from Former Bootcamp Participants
Here are some samples of how former participants have reviewed the Bootcamp program:
- “I liked moving in early and getting to know about how to get through college.”
- “I learned the reality of college life---it helped make the transition easier.”
- “The strawberry DNA lab was awesome!”
- “Learning study skills and what the fall semester will be like was great!”
- “I attended biology Bootcamp last summer and I loved it. I met some of my best friends there, my mentor still helps me with biology, and It really prepared me for Bio 160! Without bootcamp, I highly doubt I would have been so successful in biology!”
- “My favorite part of Bootcamp was meeting a bunch of people to study with and making new friends.”