Dartmouth Adventures in STEM (DAS) is a 5-day, pre-orientation summer program that introduces incoming undergraduates to the frontiers of science through mini-courses taught by Dartmouth professors. The classroom discussions are reinforced by daily "Jam Sessions" facilitated by E.E. Just Graduate Fellows. In addition, throughout the week, the E.E. Just Undergraduate Fellows lead students through community building activities. DAS is designed to foster an intellectually and socially cohesive incoming cohort.
The DAS program typically consists of four mini-courses, taught by Dartmouth faculty, that are focused on questions of current interest. The reason for this is two-fold. By focusing on questions at the boundaries of human understanding we hope to increase interest in STEM and give soon-to-be first-year Dartmouth students a taste of what really drives modern science. Second, as this material is likely to be somehwhat unfamiliar, DAS students need to rely on each other in order to faciliate their understanding, which helps build community and encourages collaboration, both of which are key factors of the E.E. Just mission and serve students well in attaining their academic goals.
The summer DAS program has become central to the success of the E.E. Just Program.