With these featured programs, rising 11th- and 12th-grade students get a deeper look into non-credit college-level material and focus on a specific area of interest for 3-6 full weeks. All of the Intensive Studies programs require students to live on campus.
The Intensive Studies programs give students the opportunity to get a deeper look in to non-credit, college-level material and focus on a specific area of interest. These programs are highly sought-after and have limited number of spaces, making them our most selective programs.
The Intensive Studies programs are for rising 11th and 12th grade students. Each of these programs require students to live on campus for the full duration of the program. Classes are in session from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm with a break for lunch.
“I enjoyed learning about topics I would have never learned about in high school and sharing that time with students who were eager to learn about the topics as well.”
“The Development of New Ideas” program is comprised of these major elements:
Innovation Management at the Concept Stage: Fundamental strategies and tools that steer the direction of an organization and help prioritize the types of ideas and concepts that gain critical attention and funding.
Corporate Marketing and New Product Development: Rapid-fire mini-lectures with in-class assignments to teach the fundamentals of segmentation, channels, branding, and the “development” of a new product using the Business Model Canvas template.
Design Thinking: Through an actual project assignment, teams will get their hands dirty learning and using the human-centric creative problem-solving attitude of user-interviews, quick prototypes, demos and presentations.
Business Simulation: Offers students the chance to experience the excitement of running a simulated marketing department as they compete for customers and profits!
Local Business Tours: Interactive field trips which span business maturity levels from student incubator, to startup, to small business, to large corporation.
Business Clubs: Our program has a variety of required and optional after-hours homework projects and business club activities to keep you engaged and encourage you to and test what you are learning, including YORI™ Club (Your Own Real Idea): where students, guided by course teachings, a workbook and a mentor, investigate and probe their own ideas for businesses and products.
11th & 12th Graders
July 8-26, 2019 / Full Day
What is pathology? In partnership with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, this program offers a unique experience exploring the multifaceted discipline of pathology, a cornerstone of modern medicine. Students will get firsthand experience with laboratory processes, organ dissection sessions, independent coursework, and mentoring by a department physician.
Anatomic Pathology (AP)
AP focuses on the diagnosis and study of disease through macroscopic and microscopic examination of tissue specimens. Subspecialty areas of AP include Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Neuropathology and Autopsy/Forensic Pathology. Students in the program will be introduced to a variety of subspecialties within AP through didactic lectures, case-based presentations, hands-on examination of formalin- preserved human organs, and ‘at-the-microscope’ teaching sessions examining glass slides of normal tissue and disease processes.
Clinical Pathology/Laboratory Medicine (CP/LM)
Laboratory divisions of CP/LM include Hematopathology, Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology, Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, Cytogenetics, and Blood Bank (Transfusion Medicine). Students will be introduced to a variety of sub-specialties within CP/LM through didactic lectures, case-based presentations, tours of CP/LM laboratories within Strong Memorial Hospital, and hands-on simulations of laboratory medicine topics.
Students will participate in an independent study project with mentoring by a physician in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine culminating in a poster presentation. Students may participate in field-trips to off-site locations to enhance their understanding of pathology, pending availability.
Dr. Jennifer Findeis-Hosey, MD
Dr. Caroline Dignan, MD
Dr. Aaron Huber, DO
Dr. Nicole Pecora, MD, PhD
Dr. Bruce Smoller, MD
Dr. Bradley Turner, MD, MPH, MHA
Students can develop their independence, eye for invention, and advanced research and problem-solving skills in the Hajim Engineering program. This hands-on engineering program focuses students to investigate a topic area each week including biomedical engineering, data science, and audio and music engineering, using the vast resources of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Audio and Music Engineering
The week-long course in Audio and Music Engineering is an adventure through the world of audio. Classes are split into morning lectures and afternoon labs, where you will learn the theory behind audio, acoustics, electrical circuits, and post-production. Each day you will complete a project—from building a Light-reactive Theramin to creating and replacing sound effects and dialogue for a film trailer.
In the Biomedical Engineering experience of the Hajim Engineering program, participants will explore aspects of biomedical instrumentation and measurements, design, and the use of microcontrollers in biomedical devices. The week will end with the construction and testing of an ultrasound aid for people with visual impairments.
In this week-long module, students will have a hands-on opportunity to experience the growing field of data science. After a brief introduction and appreciation on why data science is the most sought-after profession in the 21st century, the students will immerse in analyzing and visualizing a large data set to discover insights using state-of-the-art data science tools. By means of a series of interactive examples in various domain/subject areas, they will gain experience in data science techniques such as data preparation and exploration, data visualization, and an introduction to predictive modeling. The hands-on working sessions will be complemented by tours of university research laboratories engaged in the exciting area of data science.
Stephen Roessner, Audio and Music Engineering
Scott Seidman, Biomedical Engineering
Ajay Anand, Data Science
11th & 12th Graders
July 8-26, 2019 / Full Day
This unique and selective program is open to students interested in pursuing careers in medicine. This rigorous program offers research labs, rotations, and service learning. You will get firsthand experience with the clinical, community service, and public health aspects of medicine, getting a real taste of the medical school experience.
Anatomy and Physiology
Introduce students to anatomy through models and human organs (plastinated and embalmed organs). Topics include anatomy and physiology, the heart, and the respiratory, muscular, and nervous systems.
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 neurology and psychology, anatomy, and psychology of the brain.
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), and global health issues (globalization and development, maternal/child health).
Standardized Patient Session, Learning to Take Vital Signs, NARCAN Training, Suture Session, Taping and Casting, Simulation Exercises (Cardiac, OB/GYN, Intubations, Phlebotomy), ED Rotation, Shadowing a Physician, Wilderness Medicine, Stop the Bleed Training, Ambulance Rides, and an optional CPR Training.
11th & 12th Graders
July 1-August 9, 2019 / Full Day
In this intensive six-week hands-on program students will spend their summer participating in a formal scientific research project, and experience life as a researcher. Each high school student will be matched with a University of Rochester laboratory, and mentored by research faculty. Students will enhance their knowledge of research and their matched field of investigation. The program will culminate with a formal poster session presenting the results of their independent projects.
Each morning students will start the day in a research methods class where participants will learn hands-on the fundamental techniques applied in basic science research laboratories. They will develop critical thinking skills, while designing and interpreting experiments. This class will provide a real experience of being a bench scientist.
Each student will be matched with a University of Rochester Medical Center laboratory as they tackle a research project in the areas of medicine or behavioral health. Students will immerse themselves in the methods used by medical researchers in the field and experience life in a research lab.
Arguably two recent breakthroughs in biomedical research will transform the face of medicine in the foreseeable future: the discovery of induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) technology and CRISPR, an evolving technology that enables targeted engineering of the genome. This three week, intensive course will introduce you to basic principles in stem cell science and genetics that have enabled these revolutionary breakthroughs, providing students with a unique opportunity to conduct hands-on experiments in the lab, to meet scientists and experience first-hand cutting-edge research.
Students will examine the properties of stem cells, highlight the role of stem cell dysfunction in disease, and discuss the potential therapeutic applications of stem cells. You will experience first-hand what it takes to grow and differentiate iPSCs, and how to manipulate and analyze them using gene transfer and immune-fluorescent technology. We will also conduct genetic experiments in vivo using model organisms. Students will use the Drosophila melanogaster fruitfly and the Caenorhabditis elegans nematode to review basic principles of genetics and explore cutting-edge genetic approaches used in these models. The concepts and topics covered will include: classical genetics, including forward and reverse genetic screens, and modern genetic approaches, such as RNA interference (RNAi) and the creation of transgenic animals. Students will experience hands-on how to map the fly genome using recombination, screen for developmental phenotypes in worms using RNAi technology, analyze gene expression in vivo in worms using a transgenic reporter and manipulate gene expression in stem cell compartments in Drosophila. Finally, the course will challenge the classical concept of genotype-to-phenotype and discuss uses of model organisms in the most innovative biomedical research.
The course will combine daily lectures by faculty and researchers with in-lab research activities. To maximize hands-on time in the lab, stem cell and genetics experiments are interwoven through-out the course. As part of the course, all students will be required to complete a lab safety training course for handling bio-safety level 2 regents. Students will also learn to prepare and present a research presentation, and will visit the University of Rochester cGMP stem cell laboratory. Outline and structure are subject to change at the discretion of the professors
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