Intensive Studies

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.”

—Marisa

Business Bootcamp

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Residential Required

11th & 12th Graders

July 8-26, 2019 / Full Day

In this program, students can explore creative ideas, entrepreneurship, and collaboration. This intensive program with the Simon Business School will have students work in teams to create their own business plan while visiting some of the top local businesses for inspiration. Courses in marketing, career prep, and teamwork allow students to explore the world of business, from practicing their pitch to developing a business strategy.

 

Additional Information

  • Outline and structure are subject to change at the discretion of the professors
  • Enrollment is limited to 25 students; selection to the program is competitive
  • Instructors: Simon Business School Faculty

Explorations in Pathology

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Residential Required

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.

 

Course Outline

 

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.

 

Additional Information

  • Outline and structure are subject to change at the discretion of the professors
  • Enrollment is limited to 10 students; selection to the program is competitive
  • Instructors and mentors are from Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

 

Instructors

Dr. Jennifer Findeis-Hosey, MD
Dr. Caroline Dignan, MD
Dr. Aaron Huber, DO
Dr. Nicole Pecora, MD, PhD
Dr. Brice Smoller, MD
Dr. Bradley Turner, MD, MPH, MHA

Hajim Engineering

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Residential Required

11th & 12th Graders

July 8-26, 2019 / Full Day

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.

 

Course Outline

 

Audio and Music Engineering

More info to come.

 

Biomedical Engineering

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.

 

Data Science

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.

 

Additional Information

  • 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.

 

Instructors

Stephen Roessner, Audio and Music Engineering
Scott Seidman, Biomedical Engineering
Ajay Anand, Data Science

Mini Medical School

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Residential Required

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.

 

Course Outline

 

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.

 

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 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), and global health issues (globalization and development, maternal/child health).

 

Other Activities

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.

 

Additional Information

  • Outline and structure are subject to change at the discretion of the professors.
  • Enrollment is limited to 30 students; selection for this program is competitive.
  • Instructors: University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

Summer Research Academy

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Residential Required

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.

 

Course Outline

 

Research Ready

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.

 

Laboratory Work 

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.

 

Participating Departments

  • University of Rochester Center for Musculoskeletal Research
  • University of Rochester Department for Behavioral Health

 

Additional Information

  • Outline and structure are subject to change at the discretion of the professors.
  • Enrollment is limited to 6 students; selection for this program is highly competitive.
  • Instructors: University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty and Staff

The Molecular Revolution: The Power of Genetics in the Stem Cell Era

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Residential Required

11th & 12th Graders

July 8-26, 2019 / Full Day

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.

 

Course Outline

 

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

 

Participating Departments

  • University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Biomedical Genetics, Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute

 

Additional Information

  • Outline and structure are subject to change at the discretion of the professors.
  • Enrollment is limited to 9 students; selection for this program is competitive.
  • Prior lab experience is not required, however, due to the intensive nature of the course, prospective applicants should have completed AP/honors-level courses in chemistry and biology (or an equivalent)
  • Instructors: Chris Proschel, Beniot Biteau, and Andrew Samuelson

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