Crossing the Cistern

The School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering Crossing the Cistern (SSME-CTC) is a one-year momentum program targeting the re-engagement of students and improvement of academic standing to achieve academic, professional, and personal success. The program focuses on the inclusion, retention and well-being of students, with emphasis on serving individuals of under-represented populations including women in science, math and engineering. In addition to $650 of scholarship support per academic year, students accepted to the SSME-CTC program will receive academic advising, one-on-one and group mentoring by SSME faculty, extracurricular programming and interactive peer communities to help students navigate the academic experience.

Program Eligibility:

  • Declaration of a major within SSME
  • minimum of 30 credit hours
  • GPA: 2.0 – 2.99
  • One-year commitment to the program

Program Support:

  • $650 per year with positive engagement in the program activities


  • Link to Google Form – SSME-CTC Application
  • Applications will be accepted until Friday 8/25/23 for the 2023-2024 program
  • NOTE: Select applicants will be invited to a 10-15 minute Zoom discussion with the SSME-CTC Coordinator (Dr. Brooke A. Van Horn, prior to acceptance into the program.

We look forward to working with you and supporting your success as SSME majors at the College of Charleston. Read about recent CTC program developments and student success stories here: