Towson OPportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)is a program that was founded by a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2007. It is dedicated to increasing the number of students from the Baltimore area successfully completing a B.S. degree in science or mathematics from Towson University.
TOPS provides a suite of services that assist students to achieve academically. Individuals who are selected to participate in the TOPS program join a community of peers committed to the success of all participants in the program. TOPS participants are further encouraged to become peer tutors and mentors who assist other TOPS students as they pursue their degrees in the sciences or mathematics.
TOPS focuses on enhancing academic achievement and career opportunities in STEM by providing financial, academic, professional, and social support for TOPS participants, depending on individual needs.
At its inception, TOPS involved a partnership between Towson University's Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics and Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). Students could participate in the TOPS program at both institutions. Students enrolled at TU applied to TOPS through TU, while students enrolled at BCCC applied to TOPS through BCCC.
BCCC students now continue their education at TU and their participation in TOPS, where they join other TU students who are in the program. At both TU and BCCC, students interact with faculty and peer mentors to enhance their academic success in science and mathematics.
At TU, TOPS activities take place in a dedicated STEM Student Learning Center. Located in Smith Hall, room 304, the center has study spaces and computers that help to create an active learning community.