|Activities of the Academy|
Summer Science Institute (SSI) and Summer Bridge Institute (SBI) scholars, in addition to fifty (50) of the undergraduate scholars, are supported by the Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research (ONR) Grant. The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) of the Academy works very well with the Honors College at SUBR. This College provides financial support to several scholars and educational enrichment and challenge, partly through the Honors Colloquia, to most scholars.
The activities of the Academy are designed and integrated, based on research results, to heed the Paradigm of the Academy rigorously. The specific Undergraduate Research Program (URP) activities, which moderately convey the essence of the Academy, are listed below:
(1)Financial support is provided to the scholars from a variety of sources Proper advisement guarantees the use of the resulting "time dividend" for studies, research, and related enrichment activities.
(2)Communication skill development - A host of writing, reading, and related activities are aimed at developing the mastery of the applicable language (English), vehicle of thought.
(3) Generic research activities - Rigorous literature searches on several subjects, search algorithms, electronic searches and related iterations.
(4)Specific research project execution by scholars of the Timbuktu Academy Faculty members and researchers at Federal and industrial laboratories serve as research supervisors and mentors to Academy scholars, year round.
(5)Development of a professional culture - Ethics in science, regular reading of technical journals and appropriate magazines of professional societies, conference attendance, and collaboration in research. Current awareness needs no explanation in an era of information explosion. Professional practices and standards are set and seen in publications, seminars, and conferences. As for collaboration, we claim that no one individual has built and operated a nuclear submarine, an aircraft carrier, or a space shuttle!
(6) Scientific Advisement - College preparation course requirements, applications to college and to graduate school, the use and implications of the Power Law of Performance [(T=A+B(N+E)~P)]and of cognitive condensation and meta learning, motivational issues (The Postulate of Timbuktu, The Jaime Escalante Equation, Uri Treisman Discovery, etc.)
(7) Guidance to Graduate School - GRE Preparation from the freshman year to Junior-Senior year. Please consult the power law of practice for the rationale of this preparation. Extensive search of Graduate study opportunities and of financial support
Thirteen (13) of the 15 scholars who earned Bachelor's Degrees to date enrolled, and are excelling, in graduate school. The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) scholars make an average of twenty (20) national technical presentations per year.