TOPS is a program committed to celebrating diverse experiences and perspectives. We are designed to help ensure students' success in STEM majors. As members of the TOPS community, students are expected to participate in TOPS events [summer program, residential learning community, seminars, tutoring, mentoring, field trips, social events, etc.]. In addition, students enjoy access to a study area and computer lab available only to select STEM students.
TOPS is also a community of science students who share an interest in learning more about their career options and sharing what they know with others through peer mentoring. We can help you locate tutors for your challenging courses and facilitate study groups which are known to improve student success. In addition, we guide individual students to resources on campus that will enable them to succeed.
At Towson, the following departments and majors fall within STEM: Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Environmental Science and Studies, MB3 (Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics), Mathematics, and PAGS (Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences). Students from underserved communities in the Baltimore region who are interested in pursuing a major in one of these fields should consider applying to the program.
This program is funded by the National Science Foundation which is mandated to support STEM programs that focus on non-biomedical careers. Therefore financial support cannot go to support students who are interested in pursuing health related professions (physician, nurse, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, etc.).
Towson OPportunities in STEM (TOPS)
Smith Hall, Room 303A (map)
Partial Support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) under Award No. 0653011. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
"The TOPS Program is not what I expected to be... it is more! The TOPS Program has played a huge role in helping me to transition from high school to college. The program has an impact on my everyday college experience. I enjoy being part of TOPS. I feel really close to everyone that is part of the program - from the program director to people I rarely see. I am so glad that I took this opportunity."