INTENSIVE STUDIES: July 11–29, 2016

RO | 11–12 | 3-wk Full Day

 

In the Business Bootcamp, you will learn the fundamental skills of successful business leaders and entrepreneurs. Explore topics like accounting and finance, operations management, marketing management, and strategic planning through instructional sessions, team-based projects, and case studies. You will apply the knowledge you gain during morning sessions toward team-based projects and experiential learning activities in the afternoon, giving you a competitive advantage in the college application process and beyond. In collaboration with the University’s Undergraduate Business Program and the Simon Graduate School of Business, you’ll also gain a unique perspective on real-world business careers through a guest speaker series, panel sessions, and off-site corporate visits.

 

INSTRUCTORS

TBD

RO | 11–12 | 3-wk Full Day

 

If you’re a non-native English speaker interested in improving your English language skills, this program focuses on the skills you will need for future success: essay writing, TOEFL preparation, and oral communication. Through classroom study and cultural exploration, you will learn more about life in America and strengthen your speaking abilities through conversation groups, games, and other social activities. You will also engage in the local community by visiting museums, Niagara Falls, and other local areas of interest.

 

RR | 11–12 | 3-wk Full Day

 

This hands-on engineering program allows you to explore topics like biomedical engineering, optics, and audio and music, using the vast resources of the Hajim School. The coursework will be fun but rigorous as you complete activities, team-oriented challenges, and attend lectures given by University professors. Program activities include an egg-drop contest from the balconies of Goergen Hall, using sophisticated recording studio equipment, and learning about basic acoustics, optics, and lasers. You will also take laboratory tours and demos, attend workshops, and participate in Q&A sessions.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • A commuter component is not available.
  • Outline and structure are subject to change at the discretion of the professors.
  • Enrollment is limited to 20 students; selection for this program is competitive.

Learn more with the Pre-College class videos: Optics / Biomedical Engineering

 

 

INSTRUCTORS

Stephen Roessner, Audio and Music Engineering 
Stephen is a Grammy Award-winning recording engineer, musician, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He has toured the world as a drummer for the instrumental rock band, Saxon Shore, and is also very active in the local music scene. He is currently a PhD student in electrical engineering at The University of Rochester and holds a BM in music performance in percussion, a BS in sound recording, and a MSEE in audio signal processing. Stephen’s research interests include acoustics, signal processing, and hardware electronics. He also teaches courses in audio engineering and critical listening at the University. Outside of the University, Stephen owns his own recording studio, Calibrated Recording, and frequently travels to other cities to do on-location recordings.

Scott Seidman, Biomedical Engineering 
Associate professor Scott H. Seidman has been on the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Rochester since its creation in 2000. His research interests include the detection of motion by the inner ear, and how this information is used by navigational and orientational mechanisms. Scott is co-director of the technology core of the Center for Navigation and Communication Sciences, funded by the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders, and helps disseminate technological development to other NIDCD cores. He has designed two laboratory-intensive courses, including the BME core course, Quantitative Physiology. He also co-teaches the year-long undergraduate senior design sequence.

Scott’s engineering background is in bioinstrumentation and embedded devices. He has applied this expertise as co-inventor on two patent applications for medical devices, both in the area of neonatal monitoring. One of these devices comes directly out of a BME senior design project, and he shares inventorship with four alumni of our design program and two UR neonatologists. Another area of interest is assistive technology to help people with profound accessibility issues use computers.

He served as director of an international design educational initiative funded by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance in which students and faculty traveled between the University of Rochester and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) in Lima to identify global health needs of developing nations that could be addressed by the design programs of both schools. Seidman serves as the faculty advisor of the University of Rochester chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

Nick Vamivakas, Optics
Nick Vamivakas studied electrical engineering at Boston University and received his PhD in 2007. During this time, he developed high resolution microscopy and spectroscopy techniques to study the electro-optic properties of individual nanostructures. Following his PhD, he did a post-doc from 2007 to 2011 in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Nick joined the Institute of Optics in 2011 and is currently an assistant professor. Professor Vamivakas’s research efforts center on light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. He is particularly interested in using optics to interrogate and control both artificial and naturally occurring solid-state quantum emitters. Potential applications range from optical metrology to quantum information science.

RR | 11–12 | 3-wk Full Day

 

Are you interested in pursuing a career in medicine? This rigorous program offers research labs, rotations, and service learning. You’ll get firsthand experience with the clinical, community service, and public health aspects of medicine, getting a real taste of the medical school experience. Learn about anatomy and physiology by handling plastinated and embalmed human organs, explore the brain and psychiatric disorders through dissection and prosection, and examine public health through a tour of local Mt. Hope Cemetery.

 

 

COURSE OUTLINE

Anatomy and Physiology
Introduce students to anatomy through models and human organs (plastinated and embalmed organs).
Topics include: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, The Heart, Respiratory System, Muscular System, Nervous System

Neurology/Psychiatry
Designed to give students an understanding of the structure and function of the brain. Students will gain insight into the brain through dissection and prosection, and learn about various psychiatric disorders.
Topics include: Introduction to Neurology and Psychology, Anatomy and Psychology of the Brain

Public Health
Designed to introduce students to public health history, concepts, and contemporary issues. This week will examine Public Health via a tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery, and will include presentations and a poster session.
Topics include: History of Public Health, Public Health Disparities (health and wealth, social justice), Current Issues in Public Health (lead poisoning, tobacco, obesity, clean water/air, health systems/reforms), Global Health Issues (globalization and development, maternal/child health)

Other Activities
Standardized Patient Session, Learning to Take Vital Signs, Suture Session, Taping and Casting, Simulation Exercises (Cardiac, OB/GYN, Intubations, Phlebotomy), ED Rotation, Shadowing a Physician, Wilderness Medicine

 

 

TYPICAL DAY


TimeActivity
9:00–10:00 am Lecture
10:15–11:30 amLab Time
11:30 am–NoonLab Time
Noon–1:30 pmLunch
1:30–3:00 pmExperiential Sessions
5:00–6:30 pmCommunity Service Sessions (Thursday evenings)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • A commuter component is not available.
  • Outline and structure are subject to change at the discretion of the professors.
  • An integral aspect of this program is a hands-on medical experience, including models and human organs (plastinated and embalmed specimens). The faculty will demonstrate important structure-function relationships of the body’s major organ systems and give the students an opportunity to handle the organs, learn their important features, and gain an appreciation of the complexity and beauty of human anatomy.
  • Enrollment is limited to 30 students; selection for this program is competitive.

 

INSTRUCTORS

University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

RO | 11–12 | 3-wk Full Day

 

This in-depth workshop recaptures some of the magic, fun, and rigor of the art of moviemaking and introduces you to old (16 mm black and white film stock, 1980s VCR cameras) and new (Vine, iMovie) traditions of short filmmaking. Through experiential activities like shooting, processing, and cutting film and visiting the world-renowned George Eastman House of Film and Photography, you will plunge headfirst into an intimate relationship with the art of short visual storytelling.

 

 

Topics to be covered include:
  • Principles of narrative, documentary, and experimental film making
  • The materiality of film
  • Basic cinematography, including the framing and lighting of a shot
  • Purchasing and caring for film stock
  • How to load and operate a Bolex camera
  • Film processing, digital transfer, and the lab
  • Cutting/splicing film and projection

 

Other activities may include:
  • Exercises where we shoot footage of Rochester landmarks, including Mt. Hope Cemetery, the Kodak Building, and High Falls
  • Learning how to best submit films to festivals
  • Seeing how film is manufactured
  • Visiting the world-renowned George Eastman House of Film and Photography, and interacting with their film restoration specialists
  • Class visits by filmmakers

 

 

INSTRUCTOR

Zainab Saleh
Zainab Saleh is a PhD candidate in the Visual and Cultural Studies program at the University of Rochester. Her dissertation examines the relationship between contemporary politics and intermediality in film and comics. She previously worked at the Dubai International Film Festival in their film market. Zainab has taught courses on Middle Eastern and experimental cinema, and is currently the graduate advisor for the University’s student-run exhibition space, The Hartnett Gallery.

 

ROCHESTER SCHOLARS, SESSION A: July 11–22, 2016

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

Learning about bones, muscles, joints, and movement has never been more fun! Through movement, poetry, and numerous hands-on activities, you will identify and explore the function of muscles and bones in your body. No dry memorization here; you will plunge into the subject of anatomy by putting those bones and muscles into action. Specially designed kinesthetic activities will embody these lessons. This class is perfect for you if you’re interested in health sciences, biology, kinesiology, physical therapy, dance, or massage therapy.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Anne Harris Wilcox
Anne Harris Wilcox MFA, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Rochester, and the former President of the New York State Dance Education Association (President, 2012–2015). She is a NYS permanently certified K-12 dance educator and the Artistic Director of the Present Tense Dance Company, which she founded in 1991. Anne’s teaching interests include interdisciplinary studies, K-12 pedagogy, choreography, technique, and anatomy. In 2013, Anne created, Active Learning Games, LLC, designing and producing kinesthetic educational activities and products for grades K-12 and university.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

We live in a world connected by technology. This course will focus on the technology that interconnects the entire world through the Internet. You will explore the protocol that allows the Internet to work: TCP/IP. And on a much smaller scale, you’ll explore how information is transmitted across wired and wireless local area networks using the 802.3 and 802.11 standards. You will learn about switches and routers, the Cisco IOS, how to configure and connect those devices through hands-on and virtual simulation exercises. Upon completion, you will have a fundamental understanding of computer networking and the protocols that make it all work and will have the knowledge to pursue the Cisco CCENT certification.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Garret Arcoraci
After 17 years at Xerox Corporation, Garret decided to pursue a career in education. After graduation, he was asked by one of his professors to adjunct for evening classes; through this experience, he discovered how much he enjoys teaching and how rewarding it can be. Two years later, he was fortunate enough to accept his current position as a lecturer in the college of Information Sciences and Technology at RIT.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

How does a virus or bacteria enter our bodies? What mechanisms do we have to prevent this? Our bodies’ ability to protect themselves is astounding. Immunology research is more exciting than ever due to technological advances in the last decade. In this course, you will learn about the cells of the immune system that help defend your body from pathogens, and how common pathogens, such as the flu, make you sick. The goal of the course is to provide a basic understanding of infection and immunity, including an overview of terms and concepts of immunology.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Taylor Moon
Taylor is a graduate student with Dr. Michael Elliott in the University of Rochester’s immunology department. She graduated from St. Lawrence University, majoring in Biology with Chemistry/Canadian Studies minors. Prior to graduate school, Taylor acquired lab experience through a summer fellowship at SUNY Upstate and undergraduate research at St. Lawrence. After graduate school, she would like to teach at the undergraduate level. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her two horses, Ben and Duke.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

The media landscape has changed dramatically with the rise of social media, the Internet, and 24/7 news cycles. Today’s journalist must be an all-purpose component for his or her company, able to write, edit videotape, and brand himself or herself as an expert in the field. The course will bring in established Rochester media figures from newspaper, TV, and radio to speak on their craft and offer tours of newsrooms in town, where you can see experts at work and ask questions. You will learn to write quickly for the web and artfully for feature stories. You will also get to produce video, appear on camera, and learn all components of journalism in a 24/7 world.

 

INSTRUCTOR 

Jim Mandelaro
Jim was a reporter at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle for two-plus decades. He won three state AP awards for outstanding feature writing, beating out the New York Times among other papers. He is a member of the Frontier Field Walk of Fame, a two-time recipient of the Rochester Press-Radio Club Sportswriter of the Year Award and the author of three books, including 2015’s Outside The Game: A Collection of Inspirational Sports Stories. Jim has been an adjunct journalism professor at St. John Fisher College and Monroe Community College in Rochester.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

This course offers an introduction to computer graphics. You’ll take lessons on image selection, adding layers, using effects, filters, painting blending, and color modification. Each new technique will build on past ones in order to prepare you for the end product: a website of your choice. This could be used in tandem with other Pre-College courses. For example, if you’re taking Managing and Imagining your Future, you could create an online portfolio including your résumé and other materials produced in that course.

 

INSTRUCTOR

TBD

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

Imagine being a lawyer, assigned to your first big case—and it’s a homicide! Whether you’re the prosecutor or defense attorney, you have a big job ahead of you. The defendant’s fate is, in many ways, in your hands. How will you prepare your case? Gather evidence? Prepare witnesses? Are there specific procedures you’ll need to use in the courtroom? How do real attorneys prepare and try their cases? In this course, you’ll work as a team to learn about basic criminal trial procedures and eventually prepare and present a mock murder trial. Most importantly, through planning, strategizing, and arguing, you’ll learn that trial lawyers live and work in an exciting world.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Dave Caiazza
Dave Caiazza is a retired City School District teacher. He taught high school Criminology classes for over 10 years there. Though not a lawyer, he has many connections with the police and legal communities and meets with convicted killers at Attica Prison each year. He is currently an adjunct professor of adolescent education at Nazareth College. He has enjoyed teaching “May It Please the Court” at Rochester Scholars for several years.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

This on-campus session will provide many hands-on activities that allow you to take a virtual train ride through different regions and landmarks in China. “Starting” from Beijing, you will enjoy train rides and explore the scenery and history of China. Wherever you go, you will greet people, check your schedules/train timetables, and buy tickets using authentic materials. Members of the local Chinese community will assist with hands-on activities, such as music, dance, food, games, etc. In addition to learning the Chinese language and exploring cultures, you will learn to appreciate how languages and cultures differ, and how to become a global citizen.

 

INSTRUCTOR

GuoMing Tian 
Ms. Tian is a dedicated, professional teacher with strong technology skills, effective teaching strategies, and a proven record in diverse environments. She is a native Chinese, speaks fluent Japanese, and has taught Chinese for over 20 years. Currently, she is teaching at University of Rochester, RIT, and the Chinese School of Rochester. She has developed and taught several college level courses, including a Chinese culture course and a Chinese for Science and Technology course.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

For over a hundred years, animation has amused, fascinated, and moved viewers, producing some of the most successful films of all time. Yet, animation remains marginalized within the study of film. Through an examination of popular animated films such as Toy Story, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, and Spirited Away, this course brings animation to the center of film studies, analyzing its particular style, form, and aesthetics. It will introduce the basic concepts of film analysis with a focus on animation. While analyzing animation’s aesthetics, we will also attend to the mode’s treatment of class, gender, and race, paying close attention to the historical and cultural context in which the film emerged. Films discussed include works by Cohl, Disney, Jones, Bakshi, Shirow, and Miyazaki.

 

INSTRUCTOR 

Patrick Sullivan
Patrick is a PhD candidate in the Visual and Cultural Studies department. He graduated from George Mason University with an BA in English, focusing on film and media studies. Patrick’s research interests include film philosophy, globalization, cinematic representation of space and time, Thai cinema, early cinema, and film sound.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

For more than a hundred years, movies and other visual media have shocked audiences, moved them to tears, and transfixed them in philosophical contemplation. But why do visual media affect us so powerfully? In this course, you will explore the forms, functions, and history of cinematic language. You’ll watch, analyze, and discuss classics like Citizen Kane (1941), Psycho (1960), and The Shining (1980), contemporary blockbusters like The Matrix (1999) and The Dark Knight (2008), television shows like Breaking Bad (2008–2013) and Arrested Development (2003–2005, 2013), and assorted music videos and commercials. In a “capstone” project, you will analyze a short scene from a visual object of your choosing. By learning why moviemakers use visual language, you will gain a richer appreciation for visual media.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Daniel Singleton
Dan has been a self-proclaimed movie nut for more than a decade. After graduating from Kennesaw State University in 2011, he enrolled at the University of Rochester to pursue his MA in English and Film (which he completed in 2012) and a PhD in the same subjects (in progress). He has taught with the Pre-College Program for three summers, and he has also taught college courses at St. John Fisher College and the University of Rochester.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

As seen through the eyes of an actual participant, history comes alive in this American military science course. This course will cover strategies, battles, twists, turns, surprises, and details not gone over in a typical history class. Fort Ticonderoga, Saratoga, Bulge, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf are just a few of the battles that may be covered. History pivots on battles—come join us in this call to arms!

 

INSTRUCTOR

William Dykstra
William teaches physics and astronomy at a local school district. He has certifications in physics with a Masters in Education. William has a deep passion and interest for physics, astronomy, sports, music, military and history. It is the latter on which he decided to create this uniquely styled course.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

What’s it like to be a physician? What does it take to become a doctor? Meet with practicing physicians, medical students, and other experts. Explore hands-on medical procedures, examine equipment, and discuss medical ethics and the role of the physician. Learn what it takes, academically, to prepare for medical school, and how to decide if medicine is the right path for you. Examine the current pros and cons of being a doctor. Please note: A $25 lab fee applies.

 

INSTRUCTOR 

University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

Language is an integral part of our interactions with other humans and with machines (e.g., “Siri, where’s the nearest coffee shop?”). Teaching machines how to recognize and understand human speech is vital to the success of these technologies and is a testament to the advances made in computational linguistics. In this course, you will explore linguistic foundations and computer science techniques that help build precursors to language systems. We’ll start with the basic building blocks of language and sounds and work up to a simple system of language understanding. This course will use three different programming languages: Praat, Prolog, and GraphViz. No previous programming experience is necessary.

 

INSTRUCTORS

Elizabeth Shay
Elizabeth Shay is a graduate student in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. She has a BAS in Computer and Cognitive Sciences and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania where she worked on research in semantics/pragmatics and computational modeling of language. She is continuing research in this field currently.

Frank Mollica
Frank Mollica is currently a graduate student in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. He managed the Psycholinguistics Lab at the University at Buffalo while completing his BA in Linguistics and BS in Psychology. He has also worked in industry as a computational linguist.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

Looking to be in a rock band, create a jazz combo, or sing in your local choir, but don’t know how to get started? Learn how to make music creatively by learning new songs in a variety of styles based on material you already know! Explore songwriting and arranging, effective rehearsal techniques, how to put on a performance, understanding the music business, recording, and more. The course culminates in a special project chosen by the class (e.g., live performance, audio recording, music video). Open to aspiring/intermediate/advanced instrumentalists and singers and established groups.

 

INSTRUCTORS

Christopher Teal
Instructor Chris Teal is an active performer and educator in the Rochester area, playing regularly with the Mighty High and Dry, Violet Mary, Mitty & the Followers, Dave Rivello Ensemble, Steve Grills, and other freelance groups. Chris holds an MM degree in jazz performance from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music.

Chris Ziemba

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

This course explores how people self-identify and examines other cultures. Using topics such as interracial dating, this course will be interactive and discussion-based. Discussions will include reading personal narratives and using popular media. Assignments will give you a taste of the social sciences, including anthropology, psychology, and sociology. You will conduct research, explore surrounding neighborhoods, and interact with people of different backgrounds through interviews. There will be an educational field trip and you’ll present in class based on your personal experiences.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Jessica Guzmán-Rea
Dr. Jessica Guzmán-Rea is a native Rochesterian and Director of the Burgett Intercultural Center at the University of Rochester. She obtained her EdD from the University of Rochester, MSSW from Columbia University, BA in Sociology and Spanish from Case Western Reserve University, and is a licensed master social worker. Dr. Guzmán-Rea speaks both Spanish and Portuguese and believes that in order to cultivate global citizens, we need to have open and honest dialogue with others.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

Have you ever wanted to build your own camera and take photographs? In this class, you will learn to create Cyanotype prints and Pinhole Camera prints. All of our tools will be handmade from common materials. After this class, you will take home multiple images and a pinhole camera that you constructed.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Michael Leonard
Michael Leonard is a practicing artist and educator in the Rochester, NY area. He also serves as the studio manager for the Sage Art Center at the University of Rochester. Michael’s artistic practice focuses on social and emotional stigma and the ways that it affects human interaction. Michael received is BFA in Photographic Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001 and his MFA in Visual Studies from the Visual Studies Workshop in 2010.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

This course is designed to provide you with a basic knowledge of human anatomy as it applies to the most common sports injuries. We’ll cover basic anatomy, injuries to the integumentary system, the head, neck, and spine, major joints, and major muscles. Along with the anatomy of the injury, you’ll learn about prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation techniques. This is a project-based course that will involve research and presentations.

 

INSTRUCTOR

TBD

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

Are you thinking about colleges, careers, and maybe internships? Do you want to answer questions about your career goals and potential college major articulately and confidently? ICAN training prepares you to transform Internship, Career, Admissions and Networking efforts into “I did” outcomes. Complete career exploration and goal expression, college targeting, and admissions essay writing exercises. Interpret Strong Interest Inventory results to accelerate career exploration, majors and careers connections, and admissions progress. Begin a portfolio that includes your resume, cover letter, networking notes, and essays. Learn about networking for information and consideration, and about shadowing, internships and cyber sleuthing techniques.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Burton Nadler 
The “drill instructor” Burt Nadler was director of the Career and Internship Center at University of Rochester from 1998 through 2015 and is now Educator Relations Director of Dream Careers (www.summerinternships.com) a preeminent global internship and experiential education program. For those he teaches, coaches and counsels processes become easy to follow behavioral steps and easy to accept motivational attitudes, acronyms and alliterations. Posting, Places, People, Program and Project driven strategies facilitated outcomes for students and alumni. Field, Function and Firm focused answers to career goal and major queries and finding role models, mentors and advocates who CARES (who offer Consideration, Advice, Referrals, Education and Support) generate readiness for Internship, Career, Admissions and Networking success (with ICAN strategies being translated into I did outcomes). Burt has taught ICAN courses targeting college as well as high school students and regularly teaches a Career Counseling course to mental health counseling graduate students as well.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

This course is for you if you’re interested in Japanese language through not only traditional Japanese culture but also anime, movies, food, and more! In an age where international relations is crucial to economic growth and homeland security, being bilingual can open doors to many high-profile job opportunities. As the relationship between the United States and Japan strengthens, the need to learn Japanese becomes greater. In this course, you will learn how to construct Japanese sentences and carry on simple conversations with others in Japanese. You will also have opportunities to experience interesting hands-on cultural activities. The class will watch Japanese films and anime every day to check grammar and help you learn authentic daily vocabulary.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Shizuka Hardy
Shizuka is a Senior Lecturer in Japanese for the department of Modern Languages and Cultures. She has been teaching conversational courses for intermediate and advanced level since 2011. She has also taught Elementary Japanese from the fall of 2014. Shizuka is experienced in teaching all levels, from high school students who are interested in Japanese language and culture to business people who are planning to go on a business trip to Japan.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

This problem-solving course will introduce you to medical science and pathology and you’ll solve a series of medical cases. We will explore a series of diseases and learn to think through a differential diagnosis. The structure of the course will involve short interactive lectures followed by participation in case studies employing the problem-based-learning process used in many medical schools.

Learn more with the Pre-College class video: Medical Mysteries

 

INSTRUCTOR

University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

What do you know about the daily life of the Greeks and Romans? Do you know their gods and their myths? Do you know about the Olympics or about gladiators? Do you know what it was like to be a young person in ancient Greece or Rome? In this course, you will examine the evidence left behind by the ancient Greeks and Romans to reconstruct what life was like in these great civilizations. We will look at city planning, house construction, trade, travel, family life, entertainment, and more. Learn to read inscriptions, understand site plans, and interpret vase paintings, just like a Classical scholar would. Each day, we will examine a different topic, look at the evidence, and see what we can know, and how we can know it.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Nicholas Gresens
Nicholas Gresens first discovered the allure of archaeology during trips to Mexico with his father. After majoring in Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he went on to earn his Master’s degree in Classics from Tufts University and his PhD in Classical Studies from Indiana University, where he discovered his interest in epigraphy and folklore. He is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Rochester where he teaches Latin, Greek, Classical Mythology, and every year takes a group of students to Rome to learn to interpret Latin inscriptions.

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

Do you like to play video games? Why not learn how to make one? This course is a hands-on lab-based introduction to software engineering and computer programming using the development of computer/video games. You will learn the basics of computer programming and the management and development processes of software engineering. No previous programming experience is necessary.

 

INSTRUCTOR

TBD

RO | 9–12 | 2-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

What’s it like to be a physician? What does it take to become a doctor? Meet with practicing physicians, medical students, and other experts. Explore hands-on medical procedures, examine equipment, and discuss medical ethics and the role of the physician. Learn what it takes, academically, to prepare for medical school, and how to decide if medicine is the right path for you. Examine the current pros and cons of being a doctor. Please note: A $25 lab fee applies.

 

INSTRUCTOR

University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

 

ROCHESTER SCHOLARS, SESSION B: July 25–29, 2016

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

This course will explore the basics of the powerful open-source 3D modeling and animation of the Blender program. You’ll learn about its vast potential to produce stunning 3D photo-realistic stills and animations. We’ll focus on Blender’s interface and explore different modeling techniques and texturing and physics animations. You will have the opportunity to explore on your own (with guidance) to create a stunning portfolio and personal projects. The best part is that Blender is free and robust, with a strong community of users. Continuous learning after class is possible with just a few mouse clicks.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Jim Barbero
Jim Barbero is a visual technologist working at the University of Rochester. He has worked in the digital media development field for 20 years. In the past, Jim has worked for many major national and international companies around the globe as a production artist. Presently, he is involved with the Bragdon Train Station Project. His role as a 3D artist is reconstructing a virtual model of the long demolished master piece of early 20th century architecture.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 8:30am-11:30am

 

This course teaches you the underlying physiology of crucial human organ systems and the process of recording the biological signals that dictate how they perform. You will learn about vital signs like blood pressure, heart rate, and electrical signals produced by the muscles and heart. You will also learn to interpret and integrate these signals with biological processes and diseases.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Kanika Vats
Among the various sub-disciplines of science, biomedical engineering has fascinated Dr. Vats immensely because of its remarkable potential to positively influence the living world. During her doctoral study at Pennsylvania State University and post-doctoral training at the University of Rochester, she acquired extensive practical training in biomedically relevant fields such as biomedical nanotechnology, biomaterial design and characterization, and the assessment of cell-biomaterial interactions. Currently, she designs and runs a vibrant, hands-on undergraduate laboratory teaching program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rochester.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 8:30am-11:30am

 

Through stimulating lectures, interactive labs, and informative field trips, this class introduces you to the many disciplines of engineering. You will get an overview of the necessary tools for analysis and problem solving and will use your creativity, energy, and interpersonal skills while participating in several in-class design projects. Additionally, you will learn the importance of mathematics, science, and technology in everyday engineering situations. By the end of the course, you will have a better-defined idea of engineering, its requirements, and your options for a future within this field.

 

INSTRUCTOR

TBD

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 8:30am–11:30am

 

Nursing is the largest workforce in the health care setting. The roles that nurses fulfill in the hospital, public health, research, and advanced practice roles are vital to the success of a patient’s health. This course will show you what it takes to be a nurse. With engaging discussions and interactive exercises, you will learn about the profession’s foundations and specialties, the history and future of nursing, and potential careers that might interest you. Come explore if nursing is for you.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Katharine Hiltunen
Kathy Hiltunen currently teaches in the Masters in Health Care program at the URMC School of Nursing. Prior to that she helped create and then teach in taught at RIT in the Masters in Health Administration program for 10 years. Clinically, Kathy has practiced both as a public health nurse and more recently school nurse. She also worked for 27 years at Excellus BCBS in various leadership roles, overseeing case management, disease management, and utilization management programs.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 8:30am–11:30am

 

You can’t run from the law, so learn about it instead! Through guest speakers, field trips, and class discussions and activities, you will explore the various aspects of law. Learn how attorneys and other legal professionals analyze and interpret laws that affect youth today. Who is entitled to free speech, and when does it infringe on others’ rights? Can police lawfully use Stop and Frisk on citizens who are supposedly free to walk the streets? What are your rights at a DUI checkpoint? These questions and similar topics, such as affirmative action in the college admissions process, will be presented and discussed in this week-long course.

 

INSTRUCTOR

TBD

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

In this workshop, you will explore the criteria for the IB Extended Essay Assignment. You’ll develop a focused research question that meets the requirements of IB, a collection of relevant, scholarly articles, and a working structured argument. The research and writing of the extended essay is approximately a 40-hour process; this workshop is the exploratory stage of that process.

 

INSTRUCTOR

TBD

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

In this course, you will learn about the fundamental particles and forces that make up the universe and you will conduct experiments to observe these forces in action. You’ll get an introduction to basic concepts in quantum mechanics, high-energy physics, astrophysics, and cosmology, and simple computer programming and data analysis. In conjunction with the lectures, you will observe local and astrophysical sources of high-energy particles using a cloud chamber and will construct a detector to measure the lifetime of the fundamental particle known as the moon. Knowledge of algebra is required, but prior knowledge of programming is not.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Segev BenZvi
Segev is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Rochester who is interested in the origin of high-energy particles from beyond the solar system. His work takes him to remote but beautiful high-altitude deserts and mountaintops, which are optimal locations for building astrophysical particle detectors. He has a BA in physics from the University of Chicago, a PhD from Columbia University, and he worked as a research scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

Jump into the world of crime scene investigation (CSI) as you study how to process evidence from a homicide. During the investigation, you will study fingerprints, hairs, fibers, powders, and fur to determine the perpetrator of this ultimate whodunit. Throughout this intense week, you will familiarize yourself with the scientific method, microscopes, teamwork, and lab safety. Your group will work diligently to find the killer by the end of the week.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Dennis Mucenski
Dennis was destined to become a forensics teacher from the first time he watched Law and Order and then CSI. He developed a forensics class at Pittsford Mendon High School and then started co-teaching a forensics course for teachers at College of the Atlantic. He is a published author, does webinars for Ward’s Natural Science, and a three-day conference on how to incorporate forensics into school curricula each July. Dennis also teaches an undergrad and graduate course on the science of crime scene investigation at St. John Fisher College.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

This class introduces the many disciplines of finance, what to expect during academic training at a university level, and potential career paths. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an investment banker, a financial advisor, or a private equity, hedge fund, or real estate investor? Examine the pros and cons of various career paths within the world of finance. Learn about different types of investments, build your own hypothetical investment portfolio, speak with professionals in the industry, and more. This class will also introduce several aspects of personal finance (things we wish we thought about when entering college).

 

INSTRUCTORS

Jake Conway
Jake has served as Manager of Investment Research at the University of Rochester since December 2013, helping manage the endowment and sourcing new investment ideas/managers. Priro, he worked for Ashford Advisors, LLC, a multi-family investment office, as an Investment Analyst tasked with identifying best-in-class investment managers across asses classes (2010–2013). Jake holds a B.A. in Corporate Finance from St. John Fisher College and is a CFA Charterholder.

Rob Rahbari
Rob has served as an Investment Officer at the University of Rochester since 2013, helping manage the endowment. Prior, he helped manage client assets in J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank (2010–2013); helped analyze investment managers at two different funds-of-hedge funds (2004-2009); led business development efforts for a startup software company (2000–2003) and represented investment management firms as an attorney at Skadden Arps and Weil Gotshal (1996-2000 and 2003-2004). Rob holds a Juris Doctorate from University of Chicago and a B.A. from University of Michigan.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

This course covers what you will not learn in traditional science and history courses. You will see how science (primarily physics, chemistry, etc.) influenced the years during and surrounding the Second World War. Intentionally or accidentally, history pivots on scientific achievements and breakthroughs, from the famous experiments to the little known. From all perspectives (Axis and Allied powers, civilians, and military), physics and chemistry played a major role in the development of WWII. You will never view science and life the same way again. Basic algebra skills may be used occasionally.

 

INSTRUCTOR

William Dykstra
William teaches physics and astronomy at a local school district. He has certifications in physics with a Masters in Education. William has a deep passion and interest for physics, astronomy, sports, music, military and history. It is the latter on which he decided to create this uniquely styled course..

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 8:30 am–11:30 am

 

What’s it like to be a physician? What does it take to become a doctor? Meet with practicing physicians, medical students, and other experts. Explore hands-on medical procedures, examine equipment, and discuss medical ethics and the role of the physician. Learn what it takes, academically, to prepare for medical school, and how to decide if medicine is the right path for you. Examine the current pros and cons of being a doctor. Please note: A $25 lab fee applies.

 

INSTRUCTORS

University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

Do you ever wonder how polar bears survive in the cold? Or how snake venom actually kills prey? Or how bats can see if they are “blind as a bat?” Or how some animals never drink water? The answers to these questions lie in basic animal physiology. The animal kingdom encompasses several million species, all of which are adapted to their particular environments. This course will use a combination of lectures and fun hands-on activities to teach you more about animals. You will learn how animals’ functions and bodily processes allow them to live in their vastly different ecosystems. By the end of the course, you will be able to impress others by quickly identifying all sorts of fun facts about animals, including where they live and what they eat.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Stacy Ruvio
Stacy earned a BS in biology from SUNY Geneseo in 2005. She received her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Buffalo in 2010, where her dissertation project was in the field of neuroscience. She is currently a post-doctoral research assistant in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Rochester. Stacy has also been a teaching docent at the Buffalo Zoo since 2008.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

In this course, you will explore the world of electronics and microcontrollers using the popular Arduino platform to design and build interactive objects and environments. The course teaches the basics of electronics and programming using a hands-on, “learn by doing” approach. If you’re more experience, you can work on more complex projects independently.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Josh Romphf
Josh Romphf is the Programmer in the Digital Humanities Center at Rush Rhees Library (University of Rochester). He holds an MA in Film and Media Preservation from the University of Rochester / the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation. He specializes in web development, 3D modeling, video encoding, preservation solutions, and physical computing.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

Do you wonder what it’s like to be a chemical engineering student at Rochester, and how chemical engineering differs from chemistry or other engineering professions? Chemical engineering is a multidisciplinary field with challenging careers in industrial processing, pharmaceuticals, materials science, product development (from food to nano-materials), and manufacturing. In this course, you’ll explore these topics through short daily lectures on alternative energy, reaction engineering, fluid dynamics, and polymer synthesis. You’ll also participate in demonstrations and enriching hands-on laboratory exercises. This course is recommended for highly motivated rising juniors and seniors.

 

INSTRUCTORS

Rachel Monfredo
Rachel Monfredo is a Lecturer and Senior Technical Associate in Chemical Engineering. She came to engineering sideways—after a BA degree in psychology from Yale University, she received an MA in American art history at the University of Delaware and worked at the Boston MFA program for six years. While there she became interested in materials science, and returned to Boston University to get an M.S in manufacturing engineering/material science, and then went to University of Texas, Austin to work on the electromagnetic railgun for eight years. Rachel works with freshmen through seniors in the undergraduate laboratories; her current research focuses on engineering education.

Alexander Shestopalov
Alex is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Rochester. He is pursuing research that focuses on the development of new unconventional fabrication and patterning techniques and the use of these techniques in preparation of functional micro- and nanostructured devices. At Rochester, he teaches a junior level class about chemical engineering thermodynamics and a graduate level class about biointerfaces.

Wyatt Tenhaeff 
Professor Wyatt Tenhaeff received a BS from Oregon State University in 2004 and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009, both in chemical engineering. Before coming to the University of Rochester, Dr. Tenhaeff spent three and a half years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Weinberg Fellow and Staff Scientist. At ORNL, he worked on the development of electrolytes for solid state lithium batteries. His current research at the University of Rochester focuses on the development of novel electrochemical energy storage systems, but he has a strong interest in many green energy topics.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

This course teaches the fundamentals of French pronunciation, grammar, and culture. You’ll develop four skills: listening, speaking, writing, and culture. Activities and assessments require you to synthesize and interact with the information, which develops your inquiry and critical-thinking skills and linguistic and cultural competency. No former knowledge of French language and/or francophone culture is required.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Ghislaine Radegonde-Eison
Ghislaine is a French national with 20 years of progressive professional experience in higher education and program and budget management, coordinating details for a multifaceted program and diverse student groups. Currently, she is a program manager at the University of Rochester. She has held teaching positions as a language instructor both at Summer University in Toulon, France, and at Language Intelligence in Rochester, NY. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education at the Warner School of Education.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

This course is an introduction to vector calculus and focuses on curves, planes, and surfaces. In your daily life, you can see these objects everywhere and use them to illustrate many physical problems. At the end of the course, you should be able to work with vectors and have a precise idea of how to parametrize a surface from its sketch or vice versa. The course doesn’t require any prerequisites except high school algebra (especially polynomials) and is great for you if you’re interested in science and/or engineering.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Yesim Demiroglu
I got my M. A. degree from University of Rochester in 2014 and proceeded with my graduate studies as a Ph.D. student. Currently, I am working on my thesis under the supervision of Professor Sema Salur and my research focuses on interactions of contact and symplectic geometry and their applications to G2 manifolds, which is really interesting differential structures.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

In this course, you will learn how to use either iMovie or Movie Maker to create personalized movies. These movies can be tied into a digital portfolio to promote you in a positive and creative light for academic work, college admission, and/or professional advancement.

 

INSTRUCTOR

TBD

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

This course is designed to help you understand the elements of effective public speaking and improve your own oral communication skills. The class will emphasize writing and performance skills and help you develop your individual speaking style and overcome nervousness and stage fright.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Peter Iglinski
Peter Iglinski a science press officer at the University of Rochester and an adjunct public speaking instructor at Nazareth College. He also runs his own business as a communications consultant and is working on his master’s degree in linguistics at the University of Rochester. Before changing careers in 2010, Peter worked at WXXI Radio as news director, executive producer, and senior correspondent.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

Jump into the world of crime scene investigation (CSI) as you study how to process evidence from a homicide. During the investigation, you will study fingerprints, hairs, fibers, powders, and fur to determine the perpetrator of this ultimate whodunit. Throughout this intense week, you will familiarize yourself with the scientific method, microscopes, teamwork, and lab safety. Your group will work diligently to find the killer by the end of the week.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Dennis Mucenski
Dennis was destined to become a forensics teacher from the first time he watched Law and Order and then CSI. He developed a forensics class at Pittsford Mendon High School and then started co-teaching a forensics course for teachers at College of the Atlantic. He is a published author, does webinars for Ward’s Natural Science, and a three-day conference on how to incorporate forensics into school curricula each July. Dennis also teaches an undergrad and graduate course on the science of crime scene investigation at St. John Fisher College.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

Learn more about quantum physics through demonstrations, lectures, and experiments. You’ll participate in a series of mini-lectures and demonstrations about the basic phenomena of quantum physics. The mini-lectures will require only a math background in algebra. Basic quantum mechanics covered will include quantum tunneling, quantum superposition, and two-particle quantum entanglement. The demonstrations will include a series of optics experiments such as the quantum eraser, optical interferometry, generation if the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) paradox (aka “spooky action at a distance”, and Bell’s inequality.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Andrew Jordan
Andrew, a Texas native, has a BS in physics and mathematics from Texas A&M University. He received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and also worked as a research scientist at Texas A&M. He is currently an assistant professor of physics at the University of Rochester. His research has been featured in Nature News and New Scientist magazine.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

What do Albert Einstein, J.K. Rowling, and President Obama have in common? They were all teachers! Whether you are considering a career in education or in another field, you will teach others at some point in life. If you’re considering careers in K–12 or higher education or are seeking practical teaching skills for informal use in the humanities or sciences, this class is for you. Through a variety of hands-on activities, we will explore how people learn, what motivates their learning, and how to design and deliver engaging, inspirational lessons. The course culminates in a practical teaching experience with children in a low-stakes, judgment-free environment.

 

INSTRUCTOR

TBD

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

What is it like to be a dentist, orthodontist, pediatric dentist, prosthodontist, periodontist, or oral surgeon? This course will focus on the ever-changing field of oral health and the high demands for dentists to meet the needs of local, national, and international patient populations. You’ll explore hands-on dental procedures, examine the latest equipment, and take a close look at the skills and educational requirements necessary to become an oral health professional. You will learn how to conduct an oral examination and make diagnostic plaster models of teeth. You’ll meet with dentists pursuing careers as faculty, researchers investigating basic sciences and translational arenas, and dental specialists working in diverse and emerging areas of treatment, including dental implants and cosmetic dentistry. You’ll visit the ambulatory care dental unit and the Center for Oral Biology at the University’s Medical Center.

Learn more with the Pre-College class video: Magic of Molars

 

INSTRUCTOR

Mary Pistilli
Mary is a Dental Hygienist with over twenty years experience in clinical, school based dental programs and community outreach programs at the University of Rochester’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health that collaborates with the Rochester City School District and the community at large. She coordinates and uses initiative to work with the Rochester City School District and outside agencies to provide more widespread care for children in the community. As a clinician, educator and recruiter, Mary has a diversity of skills and a versatile background working in various environments such as Hillside Children’s Center, Pre-school children, High School students, and adults.  She has experience as a Preceptor, Oral Health Project Counselor, guest speaker on Hillside Family Forum and Project Manager for a research grant. Mary is a graduate of Old Dominion University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene – Cum laude.

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

What’s it like to be a physician? What does it take to become a doctor? Meet with practicing physicians, medical students, and other experts. Explore hands-on medical procedures, examine equipment, and discuss medical ethics and the role of the physician. Learn what it takes, academically, to prepare for medical school, and how to decide if medicine is the right path for you. Examine the current pros and cons of being a doctor. Please note: A $25 lab fee applies.

 

INSTRUCTOR

University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

RO | 9–12 | 1-wk 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

 

In this course, we will discuss famous moral dilemmas from contemporary life, politics, philosophy, and movies, and try to solve them. Should President Truman have authorized dropping the bomb on Japan? Should you push an innocent person in front of a train if it would save other lives? Should the passengers on the ferry in the film The Dark Knight have pressed the button, destroying a ship of convicts to save themselves from the Joker? You will discuss and debate questions like these on teams in a Bowl-style format, make short group presentations, and play card games that illustrate answers to tough questions about justice.

 

INSTRUCTOR

Matthew Baddorf
Matthew is a PhD student in the philosophy department at the University of Rochester, where he plans to write his dissertation about moral knowledge and how we can acquire it. He graduated with a BA in philosophy from Covenant College, and when not worrying about moral dilemmas, he plays games (board and computer) and reads. eads.

 

OFF-CAMPUS AND ABROAD

Malawi Immersion Seminar: Environmental Challenges and Cultural Opportunities in Southern Africa
RR | 11–12 | 2-wk Full Day

 

Malawi1OVERVIEW

You’re invited to the “Warm Heart of Africa” to experience life in the culturally rich country of Malawi. Our two-week immersion seminar allows you to study abroad while completing undergraduate-level field research on a topic of your interest. You’ll explore changing climates, agricultural uncertainty, globalization, and development in southern Africa. Through independent research, you will learn the basics of the Chichewa language and study the complex relationship between culture, economics, environment, and health. You’ll learn and practice field research methods while living with a host family. In addition to the extensive academic components, you will also participate in tree planting, farming, and small construction projects at a local demonstration farm. You’ll also experience the comparisons between academic, service, and tourist travel during our two-day safari in Liwonde National Park while camping, cooking, studying, and exploring the flora and fauna with our wildlife experts.

 

Topics and themes: Anthropology, Public Health, Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Social Psychology

 

Participants will be expected to:

  • Keep a daily journal of ethnographic observations and interview field notes
  • Attend Chichewa language sessions
  • Perform a research study and community survey on a topic of their choice using anthropological field methods
  • Participate in daily lectures and excursions with American and Malawian faculty

 

HIGHLIGHTS

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  • Training and experience in field research methods
  • Eight-day home-stay in a rural Malawian village
  • Courses in Chichewa language
  • Guided tours of urban and rural markets, rural health centers, and community development projects
  • Visit to Kungoni Center of Culture and Art
  • Hiking the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley
  • Two-day safari in Liwonde National Park
  • Seminars by local experts on agriculture, language, economics, culture, history, religion, and public health
  • Community-service work at a local farm and educational training center aimed at improving food security

 

Prerequisites: None

 

Important Dates and DeadlinesDeadline
Application DeadlineFebruary 15, 2016
Tuition Deposit DeadlineMarch 15, 2016
Tuition Deposit Deadline 2May 1, 2016
Session DatesJune 26 – July 10, 2016

*Dates are subject to minor changes based on flight availability and cost.

 

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition is $5,400, which includes:IMG_6343

  • All in-country travel, meals, lodging, and fees
  • All lectures and educational activities
  • Chichewa language instruction
  • All museum admission fees
  • A two-night safari to Liwonde National Park
  • Course textbook

Additional fees (not included in the price of tuition):

  • Round-trip domestic airfare from home to John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK)
  • Required vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Typhoid (approx. $150 each)
  • Required malaria prophylaxis (approx. $150)
  • Passport
  • Personal travel supplies (luggage, flashlights, etc.)
  • Souvenirs
  • Proof of travel health insurance

 

Student will be notified of interview after application materials have been submitted. 

 

INSTRUCTORS

Joe Lanning
As a University of Rochester undergraduate, Joseph Lanning studied abroad in Kenya, Africa. Since completing college, he has committed his life and work to studying livelihoods and development in southern Africa, while partnering with local communities on sustainable development projects focused on improving food security. Following his graduation in 2000, Joe spent two years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Africa. Joe’s combined experiences in Kenya and Malawi inspired him to create research and experiential learning courses in Malawi, through which he has been bringing undergraduate students to Malawi since 2003. In 2007, he completed his master’s degree in global history, and he is currently completing his PhD in ecological and environmental anthropology at the University of Georgia. Previously, Joe taught ethnographic research methods courses on campus at Rochester and currently teaches Introduction to Anthropology at the University of Georgia. In his free time, Joe coaches high school baseball and does documentary photography.

Mike P. Sweeney
Mike Sweeney recently retired after 32 years in the classrooms of Portland Public Schools. After completing a master’s degree in anthropology at Duke University in 1976, he embarked on a public school teaching career that was constantly infused with a love of anthropology. In the wake of the Indochina Wars (aka The Vietnam War), waves of refugee children populated his classrooms. Their cultures, H/Mong, Yiu Mien, Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer and Ethnic Chinese, became both tragically real and relevant paradigms for what diversity means in a public school. Twenty years ago with the introduction of an International Baccalaureate Program, Sweeney began teaching social and cultural anthropology at Lincoln High School in Portland. While he taught many other courses in the social sciences and humanities, anthropology became the defining pedagogical passion informing his teaching. Over the years, Sweeney has embarked on study-travel to Vietnam (1988), USSR Khabarovsk (1991), Japan (1993), South Africa (1995), Australia (2003), and Argentina (2005).

Samoa Immersion Seminar: Island Development and Adaptation in the South Pacific
RR | 11–12 | 2-wk Full Day

 

IMG_8166OVERVIEW

You’re invited to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go beyond the coconut tree-covered postcards and beach resort advertisements and immerse yourself in Polynesian culture. Our two-week immersion program allows you to study abroad while completing undergraduate-level field research on a topic of your interest. You’ll explore the concepts of “well-being” and resilience and discover how Samoan citizens experience economic development and adapt to changing climates and the instability of natural resources. Through independent research, you will learn the basics of the Samoan language and study the ways in which islanders negotiate local cultural traditions and global economic interactions. Through home-stays, research, museum visits, snorkeling excursions, rainforest hikes, and classroom work, you’ll learn and practice field research methods. This course challenges classic stereotyped views of South Pacific nations and development, helping you build critical thinking skills and an understanding of applied research.

 

Topics and themes: Ecology, Economics, Tourism, International Development, Resilience Studies, Anthropology

 

Participants will be expected to:

  • Keep a daily journal of ethnographic observations and interview field notes
  • Attend Samoan language sessions
  • Perform a research study and community survey on a topic of their choice
  • Participate in daily lectures and excursions with American and Samoan faculty

 

IMG_8038HIGHLIGHTS

  • Training and experience in social science research methods
  • Eight-day home-stay in a Samoan village
  • Courses in Samoan language
  • Guided tours of Apia city markets
  • Hiking and canopy walks in local tropical rainforests
  • Attend a Fiafia festival
  • Daily snorkeling during the home-stay
  • Visits to Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Alofaaga blowholes, and To Sua Trench
  • Seminars by local experts on agriculture, development economics, culture, history, religion, and public health

 

Prerequisites: Students should be strong swimmers. Open-water swimming is not required but is available each day of the program.

 

Important Dates and DeadlinesDeadline
Application DeadlineFebruary 15, 2016
Tuition Deposit DeadlineMarch 15, 2016
Tuition Deposit Deadline 2May 1, 2016
Session DatesJuly 15–July 29, 2016

*Dates are subject to minor changes based on flight availability and cost.

 

TUITION AND FEESIMG_4265

Tuition is $5,000, which includes:

  • All in-country travel, meals, lodging, and fees
  • Eight-day village home-stay in Falealupo
  • All lectures and educational activities
  • Samoan language instruction
  • Snorkeling and excursions to Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Alofaaga blowholes, and To Sua Trench
  • Course textbook

Additional fees (not included in the price of tuition):

  • Round-trip domestic airfare from home to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • Required vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Typhoid (approx. $150 each)
  • Passport
  • Personal travel supplies (luggage, flashlights, etc.)
  • Basic snorkeling equipment: Mask and snorkel
  • Souvenirs
  • Proof of travel health insurance

 

Student will be notified of interview after application materials have been submitted. 

 

INSTRUCTORS

Brent Vickers
Brent Vickers is a biologist and environmental anthropologist with more than ten years of experience working on South Pacific islands. Brent first came to the South Pacific for a biological field-research program in French Polynesia while he was an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Since then, Brent has worked on several environmental projects on islands including Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands. Brent is now a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia’s Department of Ecological and Environmental Anthropology and he has spent the last five years researching economic development and climate change in Samoa. Brent is an avid rugby player and coach and is always willing to help students learn about his and many Samoans’ favorite sport.

Joe Lanning
As a University of Rochester undergraduate, Joseph Lanning studied abroad in Kenya, Africa. Since completing college, he has committed his life and work to studying livelihoods and development in southern Africa, while partnering with local communities on sustainable development projects focused on improving food security. Following his graduation in 2000, Joe spent two years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Africa. Joe’s combined experiences in Kenya and Malawi inspired him to create research and experiential learning courses in Malawi, through which he has been bringing undergraduate students to Malawi since 2003. In 2007, he completed his master’s degree in global history, and he is currently completing his PhD in ecological and environmental anthropology at the University of Georgia. Previously, Joe taught ethnographic research methods courses on campus at Rochester and currently teaches Introduction to Anthropology at the University of Georgia. In his free time, Joe coaches high school baseball and does documentary photography.

 

TASTE OF COLLEGE, SUMMER SESSIONS

TASTE OF COLLEGE
11–12 | UR | Int’l | 4-wk
Commuter students only. Residential option not available for A1 session.

 

With the Taste of College program, students will get a jump-start on their college career. This program allows students to earn college credit and study among Rochester undergraduates. The classes motivate students to explore subjects typically reserved for study on a collegiate level. Courses are offered during the University’s fall, spring, and summer academic semesters, and credits are transferable to most colleges and universities. Please note: On-campus housing is not available during the A1 Summer Session.

Please note: First-time students are only permitted to take one TOC course.

 

CREDIT COURSES

Following are the Summer 2016 class offerings during the University of Rochester’s Taste of College A1 Session. These courses do not have any prerequisites.

  • Adolescent Development
  • Campaigns & Elections: A Global Perspective
  • Contemporary Dance: Context and & Practice
  • Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Foundations of Cognitive Science
  • History of Rock
  • History of the American Landscape: At the Crossroads of Ecology and Culture
  • Introduction to American Politics
  • Introduction to CAD and Drawing
  • Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
  • Introduction to Photography: Darkroom & Digital
  • Journey to The Feast: Cuisine and Culture in Modern Japan
  • Literature of the Transatlantic World, 1750–1850
  • New Gods: Super Heroes & Digital Cinema
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Social Psychology & Individual Differences
  • Sustainable Food Systems

Additional Summer 2016 class offerings through the University of Rochester are available online. Please note that other courses (not listed above) may require prerequisites.

View course schedules and class descriptions by University Semesters.

 

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition for non-matriculated students is $836.00 per credit hour.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Please note: For the summer sessions, 100% tuition is due at the time of registration.

Employees: If you are a University of Rochester employee, your children may be eligible for tuition benefits. Learn more.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Submit the completed TOC application at least 30 days before the start of class.
  • Schedule an interview with the Pre-College Programs office.
  • Allow up to 14 days for the application to be reviewed. Decisions will be sent via mail or email.
  • Admitted students will submit payment in the form of a credit card, check, or tuition waiver.
  • Attend orientation.

 

ORIENTATION

Newly admitted TOC students must attend an orientation offered by the Pre-College Programs office. During orientation, students will be given a tour of campus, including their classroom location, and be taken to the ID office, parking office, and bookstore. For further information, reference the TOC Fact Sheet and note the following information:

Obtaining an ID card: Your ID card will allow you to check books out of the library, attend campus events, etc.

Parking Pass: All parking on campus requires a parking pass. Learn more.

Books: Most classes require books. These can be purchased in person at the bookstore or online.

 

DROPPING/ADDING COURSES

The deadline for dropping a course or adding a new course is the end of the fourth week of classes. All of these changes must be submitted on an official Drop/Add form to the Office of Pre-College Programs. Students must obtain the instructor’s signature for all courses added after the first day of classes. Courses dropped during the first four weeks of classes will be deleted entirely from the official record; however, you will be financially responsible following the refund schedule below.

Any additional tuition for an added course is to be paid at the time the change is made. The deadline for withdrawing from a course is the last day of the eleventh week of the semester. Courses from which non-matriculated students withdraw will appear on the grade report and transcript with a “W” and the week of withdrawal.

Tuition Refund Schedule: If you are dropping or withdrawing from a course, you may only be refunded a portion of the tuition paid. Learn more.

 

REQUESTING A TRANSCRIPT

Taste of College students will need to request their own transcripts if they require a copy (for personal use or for high school records).

Transcripts can be requested through a student’s Blackboard account or directly through the Office of the Registrar.

TASTE OF COLLEGE
11–12 | UR | Int’l | 6-wk
Commuter students only. Residential option not available for A1 session.

 

With the Taste of College program, students will get a jump-start on their college career. This program allows students to earn college credit and study among Rochester undergraduates. The classes motivate students to explore subjects typically reserved for study on a collegiate level. Courses are offered during the University’s fall, spring, and summer academic semesters, and credits are transferable to most colleges and universities. Please note: On-campus housing is not available during the A2 Summer Session.

Please note: First-time students are only permitted to take one TOC course.

 

CREDIT COURSES

Following are the Summer 2016 class offerings during the University of Rochester’s Taste of College A2 Session. These courses do not have any prerequisites.

  • Beginning American Sign Language I
  • Calculus I
  • Chemistry Concepts, Systems, and Practice I (High school Chemistry course required)
  • Coexistence, Genocide, and Islamaphobia in the Balkans
  • Dispelling the “Dark Ages”: English Theatre in Late Medieval and Renaissance England
  • French in Focus: Intensive Elementary French
  • Intensive Elementary Spanish
  • Introduction to Classical & Medieval Latin
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Neural Foundations of Behavior
  • Principles of Biology II
  • Reasoning and Writing in the College
  • Rushin’ Through Russia: Intensive Elementary Russian
  • Studies in Modern and Contemporary Poetry
  • The Art of Programming
  • Web Design and Development

Additional Summer 2016 class offerings through the University of Rochester are available online. Please note that other courses (not listed above) may require prerequisites.

View course schedules and class descriptions by University Semesters.

 

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition for non-matriculated students is $836.00 per credit hour.

Please note: For the summer sessions, 100% tuition is due at the time of registration.

Employees: If you are a University of Rochester employee, your children may be eligible for tuition benefits. Learn more about tuition.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Submit the completed TOC application at least 30 days before the start of class.
  • Schedule an interview with the Pre-College Programs office.
  • Allow up to 14 days for the application to be reviewed. Decisions will be sent via mail or email.
  • Admitted students will submit payment in the form of a credit card, check, or tuition waiver.
  • Attend orientation.

 

ORIENTATION

Newly admitted TOC students must attend an orientation offered by the Pre-College Programs office. During orientation, students will be given a tour of campus, including their classroom location, and be taken to the ID office, parking office, and bookstore. For further information, reference the TOC Fact Sheet (.pdf) and note the following information:

Obtaining an ID card: Your ID card will allow you to check books out of the library, attend campus events, etc.

Parking Pass: All parking on campus requires a parking pass. Learn more about parking.

Books: Most classes require books. These can be purchased in person at the bookstore or purchased online.

 

DROPPING/ADDING COURSES

The deadline for dropping a course or adding a new course is the end of the fourth week of classes. All of these changes must be submitted on an official Drop/Add form to the Office of Pre-College Programs. Students must obtain the instructor’s signature for all courses added after the first day of classes. Courses dropped during the first four weeks of classes will be deleted entirely from the official record; however, you will be financially responsible following the refund schedule below.

Any additional tuition for an added course is to be paid at the time the change is made. The deadline for withdrawing from a course is the last day of the eleventh week of the semester. Courses from which non-matriculated students withdraw will appear on the grade report and transcript with a “W” and the week of withdrawal.

Tuition Refund Schedule: If you are dropping or withdrawing from a course, you may only be refunded a portion of the tuition paid. Learn more about refunds.

 

REQUESTING A TRANSCRIPT

Taste of College students will need to request their own transcripts if they require a copy (for personal use or for high school records).

Transcripts can be requested through a student’s Blackboard account or directly through the Office of the Registrar.

TASTE OF COLLEGE
RO | 11–12 | UR | Int’l | 4-wk

 

With the Taste of College program, students will get a jump-start on their college career. This program allows students to earn college credit and study among Rochester undergraduates. The classes motivate students to explore subjects typically reserved for study on a collegiate level. Courses are offered during the University’s fall, spring, and summer academic semesters, and credits are transferable to most colleges and universities. During the B1 session, students have the option to live on campus, or commute to and from campus on their own.

Please note: First-time students are only permitted to take one TOC course.

 

CREDIT COURSES

Following are the Summer 2016 class offerings during the University of Rochester’s Taste of College B1 Session. These courses do not have any prerequisites.

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Politics & The Mass Media
  • Prep For College Chemistry
  • Screening Blackness: Visual Culture & The Black Body
  • The Art of Adaptation
  • The Art of Data Structures
  • Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy
  • World Dance: Movement as Culture

Additional Summer 2016 class offerings through the University of Rochester are available online. Please note that other courses (not listed above) may require prerequisites.

View course schedules and class descriptions by University Semesters.

 

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition for non-matriculated students is $836.00 per credit hour. For students who wish to live on campus, there will be an additional charge for room and board.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Please note: For the summer sessions, 100% tuition is due at the time of registration.

Employees: If you are a University of Rochester employee, your children may be eligible for tuition benefits. Learn more.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Submit the completed TOC application at least 30 days before the start of class.
  • Schedule an interview with the Pre-College Programs office.
  • Allow up to 14 days for the application to be reviewed. Decisions will be sent via mail or email.
  • Admitted students will submit payment in the form of a credit card, check, or tuition waiver.
  • Attend orientation.

 

ORIENTATION

Newly admitted TOC students must attend an orientation offered by the Pre-College Programs office. During orientation, students will be given a tour of campus, including their classroom location, and be taken to the ID office, parking office, and bookstore. For further information, reference the TOC Fact Sheet (.pdf) and note the following information:

Obtaining an ID card: Your ID card will allow you to check books out of the library, attend campus events, etc.

Parking Pass: All parking on campus requires a parking pass. Learn more about parking.

Books: Most classes require books. These can be purchased in person at the bookstore or purchased online.

 

DROPPING/ADDING COURSES

The deadline for dropping a course or adding a new course is the end of the fourth week of classes. All of these changes must be submitted on an official Drop/Add form to the Office of Pre-College Programs. Students must obtain the instructor’s signature for all courses added after the first day of classes. Courses dropped during the first four weeks of classes will be deleted entirely from the official record; however, you will be financially responsible following the refund schedule below.

Any additional tuition for an added course is to be paid at the time the change is made. The deadline for withdrawing from a course is the last day of the eleventh week of the semester. Courses from which non-matriculated students withdraw will appear on the grade report and transcript with a “W” and the week of withdrawal.

Tuition Refund Schedule: If you are dropping or withdrawing from a course, you may only be refunded a portion of the tuition paid. Learn more about refunds.

 

REQUESTING A TRANSCRIPT

Taste of College students will need to request their own transcripts if they require a copy (for personal use or for high school records).

Transcripts can be requested through a student’s Blackboard account or directly through the Office of the Registrar.

TASTE OF COLLEGE
RO | 11–12 | UR | Int’l | 6-wk

 

With the Taste of College program, students will get a jump-start on their college career. This program allows students to earn college credit and study among Rochester undergraduates. The classes motivate students to explore subjects typically reserved for study on a collegiate level. Courses are offered during the University’s fall, spring, and summer academic semesters, and credits are transferable to most colleges and universities. During the B2 session, students have the option to live on campus, or commute to and from campus on their own.

Please note: First-time students are only permitted to take one TOC course.

 

CREDIT COURSES

Following are the Summer 2016 class offerings during the University of Rochester’s Taste of College B2 Session. These courses do not have any prerequisites.

  • America Works: A Labor History of The United States
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • West African Dance: Context & Practice

Additional Summer 2016 class offerings through the University of Rochester are available online. Please note that other courses (not listed above) may require prerequisites.

View course schedules and class descriptions by University Semesters.

 

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition for non-matriculated students is $836.00 per credit hour. For students who wish to live on campus, there will be an additional charge for room and board.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Please note: For the summer sessions, 100% tuition is due at the time of registration.

Employees: If you are a University of Rochester employee, your children may be eligible for tuition benefits. Learn more.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Submit the completed TOC application at least 30 days before the start of class.
  • Schedule an interview with the Pre-College Programs office.
  • Allow up to 14 days for the application to be reviewed. Decisions will be sent via mail or email.
  • Admitted students will submit payment in the form of a credit card, check, or tuition waiver.
  • Attend orientation.

 

ORIENTATION

Newly admitted TOC students must attend an orientation offered by the Pre-College Programs office. During orientation, students will be given a tour of campus, including their classroom location, and be taken to the ID office, parking office, and bookstore. For further information, reference the TOC Fact Sheet (.pdf) and note the following information:

Obtaining an ID card: Your ID card will allow you to check books out of the library, attend campus events, etc.

Parking Pass: All parking on campus requires a parking pass. Learn more about parking.

Books: Most classes require books. These can be purchased in person at the bookstore or purchased online.

 

DROPPING/ADDING COURSES

The deadline for dropping a course or adding a new course is the end of the fourth week of classes. All of these changes must be submitted on an official Drop/Add form to the Office of Pre-College Programs. Students must obtain the instructor’s signature for all courses added after the first day of classes. Courses dropped during the first four weeks of classes will be deleted entirely from the official record; however, you will be financially responsible following the refund schedule below.

Any additional tuition for an added course is to be paid at the time the change is made. The deadline for withdrawing from a course is the last day of the eleventh week of the semester. Courses from which non-matriculated students withdraw will appear on the grade report and transcript with a “W” and the week of withdrawal.

Tuition Refund Schedule: If you are dropping or withdrawing from a course, you may only be refunded a portion of the tuition paid. Learn more about refunds.

 

REQUESTING A TRANSCRIPT

Taste of College students will need to request their own transcripts if they require a copy (for personal use or for high school records).

Transcripts can be requested through a student’s Blackboard account or directly through the Office of the Registrar.