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Summer Enrichment Programs


We encourage students to use their summers wisely. This can mean doing anything from an academic program to community service to a good old-fashioned job. Below we have listed a number of summer opportunities of varying content, location, length of time, and cost. Some programs are free, while others cost thousands of dollars; most fall somewhere in between. Please know that the cost of a program is not a measure of its quality or prestige in the eyes of college admission offices. This list is just a starting point to get you thinking. There are many more programs out there, so feel free to explore!


University of Houston – By Design Architecture for High School Students

Architecture is a fundamentally social art that combines practical requirements for human use with a poetics of form and meaning. Although architecture may take years to master, those who study it in college have usually harbored an intense curiosity about the subject from at least their early teens. This introductory studio and accompanying lectures and field trips will give you a broader, deeper understanding of architecture and also the opportunity to build a portfolio for use in applying to schools of architecture should you eventually wish to do so. This course presupposes no prior knowledge of architecture, simply a visual awareness and willingness to learn. You’ll travel back in time to some of the most interesting buildings ever and also make the acquaintance of some of the most accomplished architects of recent history. You’ll visit some of the most extraordinary buildings and places in Texas, while also developing an appreciation for the architecture of the commonplace landscape as seen through the eyes of J. B. Jackson, Del Upton, Alan Hess and other scholars. Best of all, whether you decide to pursue architecture in college or not, you’ll gain a lifelong appreciation of architecture as a fine art and an everyday source of pleasure and amazement.

Mississippi State University School of Architecture - Design Discovery

The School of Architecture within the College of Architecture, Art, and Design at Mississippi State University is offering an eight-day summer workshop that is intended to answer many of the questions about design and architecture as fields of study and as professions. The major goal of the workshop is to simulate the information, skill, and intensity required for a design education, while providing a clear insight into the practice of architecture. With this experience it will be possible for the participants to make an informed career decision about architecture and its related design disciplines.

UT Austin - Summer Academy in Architecture
If architecture interests you as a possible career, The University of Texas at Austin’s Summer Academy in Architecture can help inform your decision and prepare you for application to a professional degree program. The Summer Academy in Architecture enables students to answer the question: Should I pursue Architecture as a career goal or field of further professional study?

Carnegie Mellon – Pre-College Program in Architecture
Pre-College will provide you with a strong foundation and give you a clear idea of what to expect at a college level architectural program. The mix of seminars, workshops, drawing and digital media classes will introduce you to some of the theory, process and methodology of current design practice. The experience of working in the studio environment is quite different from the traditional classroom that you may be used to, giving you the opportunity to begin to develop your own design sensibility as you work interactively through the creative process.

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign - Discover Architecture Pre-College Program

Discover Architecture is a two week program offered at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus where high school juniors, seniors, and beginning college students have the opportunity to get introduced to architectural gr­aphics, design, modeling, and computer-based programs. Discover Architecture students learn about the roles and responsibilities of architects in relation to design, the profession, and the environment. A daylong trip to Columbus, IN gives students a chance to interact with and experience architecture by famous architects. Discover Architecture exposes students to a university atmosphere, complete with dorm living and architectural studio space.

Cornell University - Introduction to Architecture

If you're contemplating a career in architecture, or if you'd simply like to indulge your passion for it, then this intensive program is for you. You'll spend the mornings exploring architectural principles such as: Composition, History, Preservation, Landscape architecture, Planning, and Urban design. In addition, you'll delve into the nuts and bolts of architecture, including: Building construction, Structures, Acoustics, Lighting, Energy conservation, and Sustainability. Throughout these discussions, the class will also consider the cultural, social, and political factors involved. You'll spend afternoons and late evenings in the architecture studio, where you'll put into practice what you learn in the mornings. Tackling a major design problem is the core of this part of the program. Small design-studio seminars, intensive individual instruction, and regular progress reviews will help you prepare for the presentation of your final project. You'll be able to add your final project, as well as a wealth of architectural drawings and models, to your portfolio.

Texas A&M – YAP Camp Arch (Youth Adventure Program)

Through this week-long interdisciplinary experience, participants of the Architecture portion of Camp ARCH will work closely with faculty and counselors to gain a clear "articulation" as to what the field entails. This program mirrors the design studio aspect that students of Texas A&M University experience throughout the year and culminates in the creation of a 3D model ("proudwork" of which I'm sure they'll be pleased to show-off). After completing this program, students will come away understanding what makes a good environment, how to experience and navigate space, the generation of form, and how to work as a team.


Houston Area Art Programs

Glassel Junior School

Clemente Garcia local artist

The Art House.

Art League of Houston

University of Houston - Closer Looks, Art History and Appreciation Program
Looking -- perceptively, knowledgeably, imaginatively -- is an art too. Through patient yet lively, in-depth explorations of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs, you'll acquire and refine critical looking skills to add to your enjoyment of not just art, but the worlds in which it operates.

California College of the Arts Pre-College Program
Immerse yourself in a college-level curriculum and become part of a creative community, meeting and working with other talented, serious students from diverse backgrounds. Pre-College provides a perfect platform to expand your knowledge, grow as an individual, develop strong portfolio pieces, and get a taste of college life.

Otis College of Art And Design – Summer of Art Pre-College Program

This intensive, four-week, pre-college program is for individuals 15 and older who wish to study at one of the top art and design colleges in the country. Serious young artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art skills as well as students with limited art training are invited to participate. Summer of Art is not suited for students in search of a recreational program.

Maryland Institute College of Art - Pre-College Studio Residency Program
The four-week Pre-College Studio Residency Program in Baltimore is an intensive college-level experience designed to help participants make the leap from thinking like a high-school art student to thinking like an artist-making art that reflects a new level of skill and personal vision, communicating ideas about art in daily critiques, and building a professional portfolio of work. Core studios and workshops culminate in a student exhibition, which presents the work of pre-college students to family and friends during a final certificate ceremony.

Savannah College of Art and Design – Pre-College Rising Star

This challenging five-week program awards college credit to rising high school seniors who are ready for a summer college experience. Students enroll in two college-level classes and have the opportunity to build or enhance their visual arts portfolios. At SCAD Savannah, Pre-college: Rising Star participants have access to university facilities, including classrooms, computer labs, studios, production suites, libraries, galleries, theaters, bookstores and fitness centers. Students live in a SCAD residence hall and have their meals at a SCAD dining facility.

The Rhode Island School of Design – Pre-College Program
The six-week summer residential Pre-College Program offers 16- to 18-year-old high school students a comprehensive introduction to the college art school experience. Students follow a college-level studio curriculum and live in RISD residence halls, in a full-immersion encounter with art and design education at the highest level. The program is focused, serious and challenging, as students experience the core elements of a RISD education – critical thinking and artmaking – from foundation drawing and design courses, to critical studies in art, to focused concentration in one of 20 diverse majors. Throughout the program, students are expected to maintain a high level of initiative and responsibility regarding their work and behavior.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago – Early College Program Summer Institute

SAIC's ECP Summer Institute is designed to have students focus in one area, allowing in depth exploration of a particular discipline. Experimentation and critical feedback from renowned faculty and peers promote discovery and refinement of skills. As a result, ECP Summer Institute students leave the program with higher confidence and innovative, portfolio-quality work.

Students may choose an area that is new to them, but all students should have experience in visual art and/or design. Students enrolled in an ECP Summer Institute course should be prepared to make an active and intensive commitment to the study of art, design, or writing. Typical ECP Summer Institute students spend most of their time producing work. In addition to all-day classes, students are expected to attend evening lectures and workshops, and complete homework assignments over the weekends. The ECP Summer Institute is first and foremost an intensive academic program for serious high school students.

Pratt Institute – Pre-College Summer Program in the Arts
Every summer, Pratt sponsors a college-level program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at its Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses. It is an intensive immersion experience; over 400 high school students, ages 16 - 18, seize the opportunity to experience college-level study in Pratt Institute's PreCollege program. Students are immersed in a program of art, design, architecture, creative writing, critical & visual studies, or construction management, modeled after Pratt's undergraduate offerings. Upon completion of the program, students earn 4 elective college credits.

Washington University in St. Louis School of Art – Portfolio Plus
Get a taste of what life is like on a college campus while studying art this summer through Portfolio Plus. Open to high school students, this three-week program features drawing courses in the mornings and electives in the afternoons. Studio work is rounded out by organized trips to museums, visits to artists' and designers' studios, and portfolio development workshops.

This program is recommended for rising juniors and seniors in high school. Upon successful completion, you will earn 3 college credits and may receive letters of recommendation for college admission.


University of Houston – Bauer College Business Summer Camps for High School Students
Want to explore the real world of business? UH Bauer College offers three summer enrichment programs for students to pursue business education and special topics!

University of Texas – McCombs School of Business Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders
The Academy for Rising Leaders is a summer program hosted by The McCombs School of Business. Now in its sixth year, Subiendo offers Texas high school seniors a unique opportunity to work hand-in-hand with today’s business and political leaders. The Subiendo program is free for accepted applicants.

Texas Christian University - Neeley School of Business: TCU High School Investor Challenge
Want to pick winning stocks and manage high dollar portfolios? Come to TCU for this unique one-week summer program for high-achieving high school seniors. You'll spend five days on campus at TCU, living in the residence halls and learning in classrooms from finance professors at the Neeley School of Business. Learn to analyze industry and company information, rate company stock, and manage a $100,000 virtual portfolio.

University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Business Pre-College Programs
Wharton's summer programs for high school students provide an opportunity to develop leadership skills and explore your interest in business.

Columbia University – Summer Programs for High School Students: Entrepreneurship and Innovation: New Product Development

In this course students learn the fundamentals of developing, iterating on, and improving core new business concept ideas. Further, they learn how to estimate sales and potential profitability, mainly through the application of the Booze Allen Sales Estimating System (BASES), the most universal new products and service sales forecasting system globally. Students work in groups to develop new products and marketing plans for those products.

Interested in the business side of Sports? See the Sports Business and Communication section below.


Marist College – Summer Pre-College Game Institute

If you enjoy video games, why not design and create your own? You won't have to fuss with archaic programming languages. Instead you'll use state-of-the-art game-maker software that is both straightforward and yet is expansive and powerful. Students begin creating games, simple ones initially then increasingly sophisticated ones later. You'll learn how to create, test, and debug different types of exciting games such as scrolling shooters, maze games, platform games, and 3D parallax games. With this modern, user-friendly approach, in seemingly no time, you'll be well on your way to making real, viable video games that you can even share with your friends. No prior programming experience is required.

Columbia University – Summer Programs for High School Students: iPhone and iPad app Programming from the Ground Up

In this course students learn to program in the Objective-C programming language and write native apps for Apple's iOS platform, which includes the iPhone and iPad.

The iOS platform offers many opportunities for students to explore such as the multi-touch user interface, GPS locations services, and social media. Students learn to use Apple's Xcode development tools to prototype their app's user interface and then write code to make their apps work. They write apps that can post a message to social media, work with the GPS and maps, and draw graphics. By the end of the course, students will have created several apps which they will be able to demonstrate from their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.


Saint Louis University - Engineering Summer Academy
During the Engineering Summer Academy, students will collaborate on projects, explore engineering laboratories, learn about career paths in the engineering industry and more. Interactive modules will cover a range of topics that include aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer engineering, civil engineering and electrical engineering.

Mississippi State University - QUEST/The Bagley College of Engineering Summer Research Program

The Bagley College of Engineering Summer Research Program, QUEST, provides opportunities for gifted and talented, rising high school seniors to spend three weeks working in world-class laboratories on the campus of Mississippi State University. The program will expose students to the excitement and opportunities of a career in engineering and life on the campus of one of the top engineering colleges.

QUEST offers an innovative research opportunity designed to allow scholars a chance to increase their knowledge and understanding of engineering by participating in engineering research projects at Mississippi State University. Upon the participants’ completion of the program, scholars will have a better understanding of research and will be motivated to think about graduate school and careers in engineering. Special enrichment seminars will also be offered to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful college students and researchers.

Southern Methodist University - Lyle Engineering Innovation Camps
The camp is designed to give students who are interested in pursuing educational opportunities and careers in STEM fields an opportunity to live on campus in residence halls, be mentored by representatives from the SMU faculty, participate in panel and group discussions with industry partners while working on a real world, hands-on design innovation project.

University of Alabama – Student Introduction to Engineering
Do you ever wonder what makes bridges capable of withstanding 100-mph winds or why a skyscraper doesn’t collapse during an earthquake? If so, then perhaps you’ll be an engineer someday! If you are entering the 11th or 12th grade, come to The University of Alabama campus to discover if engineering or computer science is the right career for you by participating in our SITE Program!

University of Houston – Cullen College of Engineering Summer Program for Girls and STEP FORWARD Engineering (Co-Ed)

GRADE Camp is a week-long day program designed specifically for entering 8th to 12th grade girls who want to find out what engineering is all about through "hands-on" experience. We will be evaluating applications as early as January. Assignment of camp weeks will begin in April.

STEP Forward Camp is a one-week residential engineering introduction program for rising 12th graders. The program is limited to fifty students. Participants stay on the University of Houston campus in a dormitory. UH engineering students serve as camp mentors and counselors.

Columbia University – Summer Programs for High School Students: Introduction to Engineering: Harnessing the Energy of the Sun
A hands-on exploration of solar energy systems for students interested in electrical, mechanical, chemical, as well as earth and environmental engineering. Students will learn the basics of electricity and the use of electronics test instruments, then conduct experiments in the lab on photovoltaic cells, batteries, and more. This will lead to the paper design of a solar-powered information kiosk for a chosen location on the Columbia campus. Then the focus will shift to direct (non-electrical) use of solar energy and the greenhouse effect, with experiments in heat transfer leading to the design and physical construction of solar ovens in which the students will bake cookies. Along the way we will discuss related environmental and social issues, and the art of technical presentation. The design teams will give oral presentations at the end of the session.

University of Arizona College of Engineering Summer Engineering Academy
Students who attend the Summer Engineering Academy will investigate careers available in engineering. Students will have the opportunity to learn how engineers affect the world every day. They will spend time in the classroom with University professors learning about topics ranging from the fundamentals of aerodynamics to materials used in engineering.

University of Idaho Junior Engineering Math and Science Program
Designed for students who have completed at least their junior year of high school, the Idaho Junior Engineering, Math and Science (JEMS) Summer Workshop provides an introduction to engineering through study of real-world problems within their technical and social contexts.

UT Cockrell School of Engineering – My Introduction to Engineering
The Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program, along with student members of the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and Pi Sigma Pi Academic Engineering Society, offers My Introduction to Engineering (MITE) Summer Camp. MITE is a free, six-day residential camp that offers current high school juniors the opportunity to discover engineering through hands-on projects and interactions with engineering students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Boston University – Research Internship in Engineering and Physics
Under the mentorship of our distinguished faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, high school summer research internship (RISE) students work on a designated research project designed by their professor for forty hours each week of the program. You will perform research in your chosen discipline while acquiring invaluable technical and analytical skills - as well as insight into the scientific process.

We offer hands-on research opportunities in the following areas: astronomy, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, medical laboratory research, neuroscience, physics, and psychology.

Clemson University – Summer Scholars Program
If you are an advanced high school student, the two-week classes provide a great opportunity to search deeply into specialized topics. All middle and high school students will enjoy the one-week introductions to college subjects. If you have attended this program in the past, you will see that we are offering some new and exciting courses this year! We encourage you to take a look at Clemson’s Summer Scholars program.

UT Arlington – Engineering and Computer Science Summer Camps
The Engineering and Computer Science Camps are one week camps designed to provide students with a broad exposure to the variety of engineering disciplines -- aerospace, biomedical, civil & environmental, computer science, electrical, materials science and mechanical -- plus related topics in chemistry and physics. Field trips to see engineering at area businesses and team projects supplement the classroom activities. Each session is limited to 50 students.

University of Kansas – Project Discovery Summer Engineering Camp
A week long, intensive learning camp for high school students entering the ninth through 12th grades. Two sessions are offered in July. Campers choose from different engineering disciplines and work closely with KU faculty and graduate students as they complete a hands-on project. The camp lets students explore the different engineering disciplines and campers also get an up-close view of KU and engineering facilities.

North Carolina State College of Engineering – Summer Programs for High School Students
Each summer, the College of Engineering at NC State University offers High School students the opportunity to experience engineering, science and technology at NC State.

At our Raleigh location, we offer a multidisciplinary week-long day camp for rising 9th and 10th graders and discipline-specific residential camps for rising 11th and 12th graders. The residential program allows students to explore a particular field of engineering in more depth while also experiencing college life at NC State University.

MIT – Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science
Through the MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) program OEOP offers three free-of-charge rigorous residential and on-line, academic enrichment programs for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. The programs are rooted in MIT's belief in the importance of students from diverse populations to pursue higher education and careers in these fields.


University of Houston - Moving Pictures
Learn on the job as you work in small groups to script, act, film, and digitally edit short narrative films. You'll also cover the principles of story-boarding, lighting, photography, continuity, sound, and other fundamentals of technique. Each afternoon you'll watch one of the most extraordinary movies ever made, such as Citizen Kane, The Rules of the Game, Casablanca, Nights of Cabiria, The Shop Around the Corner, The Searchers, The Apartment, The 400 Blows, M*A*S*H, The Godfather, and Rushmore, introduced and discussed by presenters from UH, the Rice University Cinema, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Concludes with a screening of student films for friends and family. No prior filmmaking experience required.

University of Southern California – Warner Brothers Producing and Directing Class
From script to screening you will, on a daily basis, explore and practice in all the fields of filmmaking and production and leave the class with at least two polished digital shorts. One day per week, the class will travel to Burbank to spend the day at Warner Bros. Students will visit all major departments (costume design, lighting, set design, post-production, and so on), receiving a first hand, in depth teaching from those who do this work professionally. Through weekly meetings on the Warner Brothers lot, you will meet filmmakers and professionals who have contributed to prestigious motion pictures such as The Dark Knight, Superman Returns, The Departed, 300, Ocean’s 13 and Harry Potter.

University of Southern California – Beginning Screenwriting
The School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program offers participants from around the world an opportunity to attend intensive and creatively demanding filmmaking classes. Offering over thirty classes each summer, SCA Summer Program courses cover all aspects of filmmaking, including cinematography, directing, screenwriting, computer/hand drawn animation & gaming, film & television business studies. Full semester classes condensed into five weeks creates a total immersion experience unlike any other film school in the world. SCA Summer Program students have gone on to become producers at major companies/studios, independent filmmakers, and even Emmy Award winning documentarians.

If intensive training under the direction of award-winning professionals is the summer experience you desire, we invite you to join our world-class faculty at the University of Southern California. Using the most modern equipment in our new state-of-the-art Cinematic Arts Complex, you will get the most challenging and most rewarding experience of your life.

Chapman University – Summer Film Academy
For two weeks students are immersed in the world of film through class discussions, film screenings, guest speakers, field trips, and filmmaking in small groups. They live, breathe and eat filmmaking around the clock while being taught by Chapman faculty who are industry professionals and mentored by current Dodge College grad students and alumni. All of this will be shared with their peers as they work in groups to complete projects to create short digital, narrative projects which are showcased to parents and relatives on the final night of the program in our 500-seat Folino Theater.

New York Film Academy – Film Camp
In all New York Film Academy film camps, each student writes, shoots, directs and edits his or her own films. Film camp is designed for people with little or no experience in making films. The programs focus on the fundamental elements of visual storytelling that enable the participants to direct their own projects. During these high school film programs, each weekday is split between in class instruction and on-set production, and the following subjects are taught to be of immediate and practical use in an integrated curriculum. In our longer film camps (three, four and six week), these subjects will be treated in greater detail and taken to a higher level than in the shorter programs. Each day, students apply the lessons learned directly to the films they are making. Students in longer programs make more films and, therefore, have more opportunities to develop their abilities and employ what they have learned.

Walnut Hill – Summer Writing & Film Program
The Summer Writing Program is designed for students who are passionate about storytelling and image making. The rigorous three-week day program is an exciting laboratory of ideas in which young writers and filmmakers immerse themselves in a community with other young artists to explore their creativity, experiment with new techniques, and produce original work. Workshops and intensives in fiction, filmmaking, playwriting, poetry, and screenwriting are supportive environments where students take risks and refine their skills. Every day, there is time built in to work individually and to meet with faculty one-on-one. Everyone also participates in collaborative projects with the understanding that an artist grows through a combination of individual work and interactions with other artists. Additionally, distinguished writers and filmmakers will visit campus to teach master classes and give readings of their work during the program.

Columbia College – Film Production
The Summer Filmmaking workshop offers high school students the opportunity to explore concepts and practices in film production on a college level. Each student will write, direct and edit their own short film under the instruction of experienced entertainment professionals, some of whom are Emmy and Academy Award winners.

Columbia College – Film and Digital Cinematography
The Film and Digital Cinematography workshop will give students with an interest in Cinematography advanced knowledge in lighting and camera essentials so they can learn how to “Write with Light”. Students will gain hands-on experience and learn the inner workings of a wide array of cameras from 16mm to 35mm cameras, to the digital Alexa and Red cameras used on today’s Hollywood feature films. Each student will each conceive and be Director of Cinematography on a series of challenging mini-scenes that tell a story without the need for dialogue. This workshop can also serve as a valuable resource for others including Directors, Editors and Writers.

Columbia College – Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
The Visual Effects and Motion Graphics workshop is a four-week course for high school students in the fundamentals of visual effects and motion graphics using the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite of applications. This Workshop is designed as a jumpstart for any aspiring Animation and Motion Graphics artist, and will allow students to take their imaginations to new level of digital creativity as they produce animated content for movies, social media, the web and beyond.

MATH and SCIENCE (Other)

Texas State University – Honors Summer Math Camp
The Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp (HSMC) is an intensive multi-summer program for high school students who are excited about doing mathematics-- the goal of the program is to develop talented youth of all backgrounds by an immersive and in-depth experience in an unique learning environment. Students develop important skills for future degrees and careers in math, science, engineering, and many other fields

Saint Louis University - Aviation Academy
During the Aviation Summer Academy, students will collaborate on projects, take discovery flights in a SLU airplane, learn about career paths in the aviation industry and more. Interactive modules will cover topics such as flight science, aviation managament, aerial navigation, aircraft design, air traffic control and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Wake Forest University - LENS: Global Sustainability
Students in the program will confront the challenge of global sustainability. Wake Forest University professors will expose students to the historical, ecological, political, economic, social, and legal facets of sustainability. Students will broach these topics through a variety of settings and activities, including the Experiential Classroom, Living Labs, and Writing Seminar. Throughout the program, students will work in small project groups to design a community action plan that addresses a real-world sustainability need.

Texas A&M University – Summer Mathematics Research Training (SMaRT Camp)
SMaRT is a National Science Foundation supported two-week summer program at Texas A&M University. It is intended to facilitate interest in mathematics of advanced high school students. High school students of age 14-18, who are US citizens or permanent residents, are eligible to apply.

The camp will provide an intensive learning environment in mathematics, where high school students will learn not only useful mathematical facts, but also how to approach mathematical problems, prove mathematical statements, and write the results.

Boston University – Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)
PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists. Professor Glenn Stevens, the Director of PROMYS, founded the program in 1989 together with other members of the current faculty.

Sewanee: The University of the South – Field School in Archaeology

The Sewanee Environmental Institute Archaeology field school is a field emersion course through the University of the South. This course will require participation every day, five—six days a week and many of those evenings. Students are trained in archaeological field excavation, survey and basic laboratory techniques. The field school spends six weeks (6 credit hours) working on one of the most important Middle Woodland Ceremonial centers in eastern U.S. The course is part of an ongoing interdisciplinary project focused on environmental archaeology. Students live and work in the Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park near Jackson, TN.

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MEDICINE and Neuroscience

University of Southern California – Summer Programs for High School Students
Bodyworks: Human Physiology in Health and Disease
The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience
Future Physicians

Psychological Science & Society

Forensic Psychology: The Mind and the Legal System

The 4-Week college immersion program offers high school students university experience in a subject area of their choice. Courses are interactive, engaging and challenging, allowing students to explore new areas of study or build on their high school coursework.

Cornell University – Summer College: Biological Research and the Health Professions
Biological research and the health professions are the hottest fields in science. From biotechnology to rediscovering ancient methods of healing and making brand-new medical breakthroughs—all of these careers and much, much more are part of biology and life sciences.

If you have a passion for science labs, love to read Discover and Scientific American, or feel that medicine is your calling, come explore those possibilities through this program.

Georgetown University – Summer at Georgetown: Medical Institute
During your eight-day institute, you will get a snapshot of the Georgetown medical school curriculum and the field of medicine where you will address topics such as human anatomy and physiology, microbiology and infectious diseases, surgery, cancer, and biomedical ethics. Students will have the opportunity to work with a patient simulator and focus on some of today's pressing medical issues, such as preventative medicine, heart disease and HIV. The Georgetown Medical Center includes the nationally ranked School of Medicine and School of Nursing & Health Studies, in addition to the world-renowned Lombardi Cancer Center.

Saint Louis University - Adventures in Medicine and Science Workshop
This workshop provides an overview of anatomy and introduction to careers in the health care field. Physicians and professionals from various medical specialties provide programs in their area of expertise using auditorium presentations, hand-on laboratory experiences, group interactions and patient interactions.

University of Toronto Youth Summer Program in Medicine
Every summer, high school students are offered an exclusive glimpse into the world of medicine and medical research by the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. Students from across North America and around the world are invited to learn at Canada’s most prestigious medical school!

Boston University Research Internship in Science and Engineering (track for students interested in medicine)
With hands-on research opportunities in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, medical laboratory research, physics, and psychology, the high school summer Research Internship in Science & Engineering (RISE) program provides an opportunity to explore, in depth, the many facets of university-level research.

In this six-week honors program, academically motivated rising seniors conduct research for forty hours per week under the guidance of a faculty member, postdoctoral fellow, or graduate student mentor.

Summer at Brown – Pre College Program
Introduction to Human Physiology
An introduction to human physiology aimed primarily at undergraduates who are not concentrating in biology. Topics include basic cardiovascular, respiratory, kidney, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and neuromuscular function, as well as aspects of reproduction and exercise physiology. Not for biology concentration credit. BIOL 0060 should not be taken following BIOL 0800 or the equivalent.

The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience
Introduction to the mammalian nervous system with emphasis on the structure and function of the human brain. Topics include the function of nerve cells, sensory systems, control of movement and speech, learning and memory, emotion, and diseases of the brain. No prerequisites, but knowledge of biology and chemistry at the high school level is assumed.

University of St. Thomas – Camp Neuro & Camp Cardiac

Camp Neuro serves as an ideal introduction for any high school student interested in exploring a career in medicine or psychology. With a focus on both education and real world experience, Camp Neuro provides students with a unique opportunity to learn directly from experts in both the medical and psychological fields. In addition, this 1-week summer day camp provides a foundation for healthy living with an emphasis on both diet and exercise. Although Camp Neuro's primary focus is on care and maintenance of the brain as well as psychology, it provides an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine.

Camp Cardiac provides students with a unique opportunity to learn directly from experts in the medical field. In addition, this 1-week summer day camp provides a foundation for heart healthy living with an emphasis on both diet and exercise. Although Camp Cardiac's primary focus is on care and maintenance of the heart, it provides an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine.


Stonehill College – American Government and Politics
The primary goal of this introductory course is to provide you with a broad understanding of governmental institutions and political behavior in the United States. The course is divided into four sections. We begin by asking how the Constitution attempts, as the Preamble asserts, “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” With the Constitution as our guide, we examine the basic structure of American government and the principles upon which it is based. We then turn our focus to “the people of the United States,” who according to the Preamble “ordain and establish” the Constitution. We explore how, in their attitudes and actions, the American people measure up to the demands and challenges of democratic civic life. With an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the public in mind, we next investigate the major institutions of American government: the presidency, Congress, the judiciary, the bureaucracy, and the media. In the final section of the course, we examine how these individual parts of the American political system come together to produce public policy.

University of Texas – Summer Discovery: Crime and Justice
Learn from one of the top criminologists in the U.S. about different types of criminal behavior: the crimes, characteristics of offenders and victims, and the strengths and weaknesses of the justice system. Includes guest speakers from the U.S. Marshals and FBI.

Texas A&M University - Confucius Institute: Discovering China
The Discovering China program is a 12 day initiative of the Confucius Institute (CI) at Texas A&M University to introduce high school students to Chinese history, society, language and culture. The program builds upon the legacy of developing a better understanding of China and creating personal relationships that bridge cultural differences and to help students better understand contemporary Chinese society, and to understand China’s role in the future. The program is offered in partnership with one of China’s top universities, Ocean University of China, in the beautiful coastal city of Qingdao. The program includes introductory Chinese language classes, visits to historic sites, seminars on Chinese culture and society, and opportunities to interact with Chinese students. Participants will be accompanied at all times by staff from the Confucius Institute at Texas A&M University.

Yale University: Young Global Scholars Program for High School Students: Politics, Law, and Economics
The Politics, Law, and Economics (PLE) session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program is aimed at students with an interest in understanding American legal principles, economic ideas, and values and practices of government in historical and comparative perspectives. Using and critiquing the vast resources of the American intellectual and political tradition, students move on to consider potential solutions for important contemporary social problems.

Students in the program will learn key ideas in economic, legal, and political theory that are the basis for understanding social systems well beyond the borders of the United States. Lectures and elective seminars will cover topics such as civil rights, democratic institutions, market regulation, freedom of speech, the American presidency, and comparative constitutions.

Wake Forest University - LENS: Cultural Crossroads
Students in the Cultural Crossroads program will confront the challenge of intercultural communication. Wake Forest University professors will engage students in sustained dialogue around identity, cultural values, and intercultural communication in the Identity Forum, the Immersion Excursions, and Writing Seminar. Students will examine the meaning of identity and influence of culture in a variety of settings and activities. To explore and apply their knowledge of identity and culture, students will work in small project groups to analyze real-world communication challenges and propose intercultural solutions.

Middlebury College - Interactive's Language Academy
The Academy aims to create lifelong language learners through encouraging the development of world language skills early in life. To this end, the Academy offers a rigorous four-week language immersion experience for rising 8th-12th grade students who are passionate about language proficiency and cultural understanding. Speaking in their target language 24/7, while engaging in meaningful cultural exploration projects, students make unrivaled strides in language acquisition in four weeks.


Saint Louis University - Sports Business Summer Academy

Saint Louis University's Sports Business Academy at the John Cook School of Business is a special program developed to introduce rising high school juniors and seniors to the business of sports. During the four day program, students are introduced to basic business concepts related to sports through presentations by faculty and industry professionals. Engaging in this new material, students work in teams to develop solutions to real-life sports business scenarios inspired by the experiences of area industry professionals. On the final day of the Academy, teams compete for prizes and present their final projects to a panel of judges.

Penn State – Sports Marketing/Management Internship
Students who participate in our sports marketing/management internship will get “real life” work experience with a sporting organization. With Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and Medlar Field (homes to the Penn State Nittany Lions football, basketball and baseball teams) right on campus, interns will go behind the scenes to learn what it takes to market and manage a successful sports franchise. Areas of involvements include ticketing operations, event planning, promotion & community relations, sales and more. Students will also understand the legal aspects of the sports business sector by working closely with Sports Agents/Attorneys and participating in activities including mock salary arbitration, collective bargaining processes and recruiting methods used when representing professional athletes. Students will work with the sports organizations in the campus area on the entry-level to understand the complete vertical integration of all the organization’s functions into their “big picture.”

Marist College – Summer Pre-College Sports Communication Institute
Do you stay up late writing for the sports section of your school paper? Are you a sports television junkie who wants to learn more about the networks you watch? If so, then consider attending Marist's Sports Communication Institute housed in Marist's highly-regarded School of Communication and the Arts - one of the only schools in the country to offer dedicated study in sports communication.

Oklahoma State University - Sports Media Summer Camp (2014)
The Oklahoma State University Sports Media Summer Camp offers practical experience in broadcasting play-byplay, production and print journalism with experienced professors and professionals such as Dave Hunziker, the voice of the OSU Cowboys. Daily activities will center on preparation, practice and opportunities to use newly acquired skills in actual sports media events. Campers are scheduled to work a live sporting event while learning the basics of play-by-play. Each camper will also have the opportunity to experience sports reporting for both broadcast and print media.Participants must be 16 or older. Space is limited, so apply early.

Columbia University – Summer Programs for High School Students: Beyond the Game: The Business of Sports
This course provides students with an overview of the business of professional sports, with particular emphasis on its unique evolution and manifestation in New York City, a nexus of the sports industry. Through a combination of lectures, discussion, in-class activities, site visits, and attendance at various sporting events, students are permitted a deeper understanding of the various sectors that comprise this ever-expanding and ever-changing industry.

University of Texas – Summer Discovery: Introduction to Sports Management
Provides an overview of the sports industry, its role in society, and the management and marketing of collegiate and professional sports. A variety of other areas in the field of sports management will be covered to help introduce you to different career options.

University of Texas – Summer Discovery: Strategic Management of Sports Organizations
Why do some teams succeed while others fail? We’ll examine off-field strategies that promote on-field success, using management strategy and other strategic thinking, decision-making (game theory & behavioral economics) disciplines. You will see sports, leadership, and decision making in a new light.


Texas State University – Summer Theatre Camp
During the two weeks of our camp, students will participate in theatre classes taught by Texas State University faculty and guest instructors. Each student will audition for and be cast in a one-act play that will be performed for an audience of family and friends at the end of the two weeks.

Columbia College - Acting Essentials
The Summer Acting Essentials workshop offers high school students the opportunity to train in an intensive pre-college acting program focused on acting for film and television. This workshop offers you the opportunity to explore acting techniques and camera performance skills with our professional faculty of Hollywood working actors, directors and casting professionals. Students will explore the various genres within film and television, including the Television Sitcom, Commercial Acting, Film, and Live Television.

University of Texas at Austin – Texas Musical Theater Workshop

The preeminent musical theatre intensive in the Lone Star State, Texas Musical Theatre Workshop (TXMTW) brings high school students together with Broadway artists on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin to inspire and train the next generation of musical theatre performing artists, composers, writers, and directors.

University of Southern California – Summer Theatre Conservatory: Acting Intensive
The USC School of Dramatic Arts offers an opportunity for students to work with theatre professionals and explore a creative experience in the dramatic arts.

This rigorous, conservatory-style training course is designed for students with a serious interest in acting. The emphasis is on process and includes scene study, movement, voice and using scripted material. Students will also study theory, history and text analysis. The class culminates in a public performance held at the end of the program.

University of Southern California – Summer Theatre Conservatory: Musical Theatre
The USC School of Dramatic Arts offers an opportunity for students to work with theatre professionals and explore a creative experience in the dramatic arts.

This rigorous, conservatory-style training course is designed for students with a serious interest in musical theatre. The emphasis is on process and includes intensive study of movement, singing and acting for the musical stage. Students will also study theory, history and text analysis. The class culminates in a public performance held at the end of the program.

Boston University – Summer Theatre Institute
The Boston University Summer Theatre Institute is a five-week conservatory experience for highly motivated high school theatre artists. Designed to mirror the freshman BFA experience within the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre at Boston University, the Institute allows all participants the opportunity to test their interests and abilities in a professional training environment. Students earn 4.0 college credits for their coursework in acting, design, voice, singing, and stage combat, as well as master classes, experimental theatre laboratories, and the creation of an original piece of theatre with members of their ensemble. Throughout the five-week program, students engage with Boston University, the professional artistic community in Boston, and the city’s historic and cultural offerings. Students graduate from BUSTI having honed their technique, depth of intellectual and artistic questioning, playfulness in collaboration, and ability to tell a dynamic story through the theatrical medium.

Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama – Pre-College Program
The program helps students prepare for the college audition and interview process and illustrates the kind of creativity and discipline required for B.F.A. Drama curriculums. The six-week program enrolls more than one hundred students in the areas of Acting, Musical Theatre, Design and Production. Students are encouraged to live on campus so they are able to participate in the CMU community activities, interact with facility and staff and network with peers. Pre-College students are involved in a wide variety of classroom projects, lecture and demonstrations, and master classes. The daily schedule mirrors the School of Drama’s rigorous curriculum. At the conclusion of the program each performance student presents an audition to the faculty. The Design and Production students participate in a design portfolio presentation and interview with faculty. All students receive evaluations of their work in each course at the conclusion of the program.

Emerson College – Pre-College Studio in Acting
Acting Studio offers rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to train in an intensive pre-college acting program. Applicants selected for the program participate in rigorous acting, voice and speech, movement and scene study classes to learn the art of acting for the stage. During the five-week program, students refine and perform audition pieces and theatrical scenes. Students who complete the program will have an opportunity to showcase the acting skills they have learned.

Emerson College – Pre-College Studio in Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre Studio offers rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to train in an intensive pre-college musical theatre program. Applicants selected for the program attend challenging singing, acting and dance classes to learn the art of performing live musical theatre. During the five-week program, students refine and perform audition pieces and musical theatre scenes. Students who complete the program will have an opportunity to showcase the musical theatre skills they have learned.


University of Houston - Stranger than Fiction (Literary Journalism and Nonfiction)
Long-form journalism is a staple of magazines from The New Yorker to Rolling Stone -- and also Hollywood. You'll read articles and selections from books by an all-star cast of writers, including Joseph Mitchell, Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, Calvin Trillin, Michael Lewis, and Tina Rosenberg. Afternoons will be devoted to the screening and discussion of films based on nonfiction sources. "Driveway-moment" long-form radio pieces by David Isay, Ira Glass, and others will keep you spellbound, too. As a sidebar, you'll also sample the art of the feuilleton, or op-ed piece, and even develop one or several short nonfiction pieces to add to your own writing portfolio.

University of Houston - Story Lines (Fiction)
Story-telling is common to all cultures, conjured from the experience and imaginative faculties of narrators and auditors, writers and readers, movie-makers and -goers. Besides reading short stories, long stories, and short novels, you'll watch films adapted from or created as fiction. You may also feel like trying your hand at writing a story or film treatment of your own.

Columbia College – Creative Writing
The Summer Creative Writing workshop provides both beginning and intermediate writers with the knowledge and building blocks necessary to excel in creative writing. The exercises in this course will help high school students develop skills in shaping plot, structure, character and descriptive writing. The student final project can take the shape of a rough draft of a feature film, a draft of a shooting short script, or an outline of a different creative project.

Middlebury College - The New England Young Writers' Conference (NEYWC)
The New England Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf is a four day writing-focused workshop for high school students in New England and from around the country. The long weekend is packed with writing seminars, workshops, readings, and opportunities to meet fellow young writers.

University of Iowa - The New England Young Writers' Conference (NEYWC)
At the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, you will choose a single Core Course of study—Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Writing (a survey that includes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction)—as your focus for the two weeks of the program. After you’re accepted to the program, you’ll have the opportunity to look over several course descriptions and pick one depending on what, and with whom, you would like to study.

Sewanee – Young Writer’s Conference
We offer our students opportunities that are otherwise hard to find, either at high schools or at other summer programs. Our workshops in playwriting, fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are led by writers of significant accomplishment and promise: our former workshop leaders have won the Roerich poetry prize, been recognized by The New Yorker as among the twenty best young American novelists, and featured by “Oprah’s Book Club.” And our workshop leaders really get to know their students, and vice-versa because we’ve kept our numbers low: workshops no larger than ten, and a total enrollment of about sixty. And we make space in the schedule for two “one-on-one” conferences between student and teacher, as well as plenty of informal contact.We also offer an impressive lineup of well-known visiting writers whose works students read and discuss.

University of Massachusetts - Juniper Institute for Young Writers
The Juniper Institute for Young Writers is an extraordinary nine-day creative writing program for students who are finishing their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Institute offers participants a unique opportunity: intensive workshops in fiction and poetry, craft sessions and studio courses designed especially for young writers, as well as unparalleled exposure to world-renowned authors through readings and Q&As with its companion program for adults.

St. Andrew’s – Scotland Creative Writing Summer Programme
Now well established and in its ninth year, the Creative Writing Summer Programme has proved as popular as the successful Scottish Studies Summer Programme and incorporates many of its features. A series of master classes and workshops with leading Scottish writers allows students to develop skills of authoring, oral presentation, editing and analysis. In addition to the stimulating environment of St Andrews there is a full programme of excursions, social and cultural activities to provide additional inspiration for students' poetry and prose. Come and experience what it is like to live and study in one of the most atmospheric and beautiful Universities in the world whilst honing your writing skills.

Denison University – Reynolds Young Writers Workshop
The Reynolds Young Writers Workshop at Denison University is an inspiring place for high school students who love to write. This 8-day residential program brings together young writers who are passionate about artistic expression and eager to stretch in new directions. In small workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, beginning poets and writers get the chance to develop their talents and refine their skills. Daily crosswriting classes give exposure to all the genres, while group sessions with visiting writers and readings enrich the experience. There’s also time to write individually and to meet with faculty one on one. Participants also contribute poems and short prose pieces to the Workshop Anthology, ready to take home at the week’s end.

The Kenyon Review – Young Writers Workshop
Young Writers is an intensive two-week workshop for intellectually curious, motivated high-school students who value writing. Our goal is to help students develop their creative and critical abilities with language—to become better, more productive writers and more insightful thinkers. For more than nineteen years, Young Writers has provided a lively, supportive environment where students can stretch their talents, discover new strengths, and challenge themselves in the company of peers who share their interests.

Rhodes College – Summer Writing Institute
The Summer Writing Institute at Rhodes College takes place annually for two weeks during June and is an intensive residential academic program committed to developing the critical thinking and writing skills of ambitious high school students. Within the college′s liberal arts environment, students sharpen their reading and analytical skills and learn strategies for writing creatively and critically through coursework in the humanities and social sciences. At the end of the session, students receive a grade for their work and class participation, earn two college credits, transferable to any college or university, and will have completed a portfolio of college-level writing.

University of Virginia – Young Writers Workshop
The Young Writers Workshop of the University of Virginia, established in 1982 as the nation’s flagship program for young writers, enters its third decade of bringing together a community of writers from across the country and beyond its borders with a common purpose: to create a supportive, non-competitive environment where teenage writers can live and work together as artists. The faculty of authors and residential staff bring professional experience to the development of new talent. In partnership with nearby Sweet Briar College and its idyllic setting, the Young Writers Workshop has achieved a long-desired goal: to welcome its participants to a retreat space where writers can commune with each other, immerse themselves in creative activity, and fuel their imaginations through an innovative arts program.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock Summer Young Writer’s Workshop
Unlike conventional workshops in expository and creative writing, Simon's Rock's focuses on using informal, playful, expressive writing as a way to strengthen skills of language and thinking. Out of these informal writing activities, using techniques of peer response, students develop more polished pieces, ranging from personal narratives to stories, poems, and exploratory essays.

Walnut Hill – Summer Writing & Film Program
The Summer Writing Program is designed for students who are passionate about storytelling and image making. The rigorous three-week day program is an exciting laboratory of ideas in which young writers and filmmakers immerse themselves in a community with other young artists to explore their creativity, experiment with new techniques, and produce original work. Workshops and intensives in fiction, filmmaking, playwriting, poetry, and screenwriting are supportive environments where students take risks and refine their skills. Every day, there is time built in to work individually and to meet with faculty one-on-one. Everyone also participates in collaborative projects with the understanding that an artist grows through a combination of individual work and interactions with other artists. Additionally, distinguished writers and filmmakers will visit campus to teach master classes and give readings of their work during the program.

Lake Forest College – Writing and Thinking Workshop
Join a creative community of writers who share a commitment to the work and fun of writing together in our residential summer program for high school students.

Supportive faculty work with students in small groups to help them develop confidence in their voices as writers. Participants learn strategies to generate fresh and compelling ideas, the kind of well-reasoned ideas first-rate colleges and universities expect from their students. Trips to Chicago’s museums and cultural events offer additional inspiration. You’ll grow in ways that you can now only imagine.

Alfred University – Creative Writing Institute
Alfred University welcomes high school students to our beautiful campus each year to take part in this popular co-ed, overnight summer camp. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings while learning. With our dynamic, engaging, talented and caring faculty; terrific facilities; and lovely surroundings, the Alfred University Creative Writing Camp could make this your best summer ever!

Carleton College – Summer Writing Program
Emphasizing a writing process approach, the Summer Writing Program will teach you how to compose academic papers similar to those you will write in college. This program is designed for college-bound students with strong reading and writing abilities. Each day begins with a morning class full of lively discussion of literature led by a Carleton professor. You will read both contemporary and traditional literature, from classic texts by writers such as Plato and Shakespeare to a variety of modern short stories, essays, and poems by authors such as August Wilson, Margaret Atwell, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, and Adrienne Rich. This literature then becomes the focus of your papers. In addition to the morning classes, discussion sections led by current Carleton students offer you even more individual attention. Also, the writing workshop meets daily to provide you with opportunities to focus on your own writing process. You will write every day. Although we occasionally include creative writing exercises, the focus of the workshop remains on expository prose—the kind you will use in college to write academic papers.

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