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Emerging Scholars Program and Pre-Emerging Scholars Program

Emerging Scholars Program (ESP)

The Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) is an honors-level calculus and pre-calculus program for college students with a very strong student support component. It is designed to increase the number of students, particularly students from underrepresented minority groups and women, who succeed and excel in mathematics and who thereby have the opportunity to pursue careers in fields such as Engineering, Science, Mathematics or Mathematics Education. It is a program based on a two-fold philosophy that centers around a shared commitment to excellence and a strong sense of community. It is based on the “Workshop” model developed by Uri Treisman at the University of California at Berkeley.

Results: Since 1991, ESP has built a track record that is truly incredible:

  • The average passing rates for ESP classes range from about 85-90%. The passing rates for regular classes average about 45-50%.
  • The average “A-B” rates for ESP classes range from about 70-75%. The “A-B” rates for regular classes average about 30-35%.
  • Since 1997, on the Math Department’s final exam in Calculus, ESP’s classes have outperformed the University’s honors classes every year – despite the fact that those ESP classes show an average ACT math score of only about 23 as compared to 29 for the University’s honors classes.


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For information on ESP, please call (313) 577-2596, stop by room 1322 F/AB or email emergingscholars@wayne.edu.


Pre-Emerging Scholars Program (PREP)

The Pre-Emerging Scholars Program (PREP) is a program for students who will need to master a great deal of Mathematics, but who presently lack the background to begin taking college-level math (MAT 1800). It is an intense program for students who have the determination to excel. PREP is available to students in MAT 1050. It provides students with a challenging and serious mathematical experience and a solid foundation for Calculus and beyond.

PREP destroys two myths:

  • Myth # 1: Students who fail to qualify for Pre-calculus do not have the ability to become engineers or scientists.
  • Myth # 2: Students who fail to qualify for Pre-calculus can become engineers or scientists without making a major commitment in time and effort to learn Mathematics.”


  • For Fall 2007, Winter 2008, Fall 2008:
    • The pass rate for PREP students was 78% with 55% of students earning an A or B.
    • The pass rate for non-PREP students was 49% with 34% of students earning an A or B.

No application or interview is necessary. To register for PREP, simply select any MAT 1050 course that is offered for 7 credits.

For information on PREP, please call (313) 577-1839 or email emergingscholars@wayne.edu

Room 1321 656 W Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-2558
Fax: (313) 577-7596
Website: clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/ceem
Email: ceem@wayne.edu