With Rochester Scholars, students will use Rochester’s flexible curriculum as a model by selecting classes they’re most passionate about. The non-credit course offerings reflect Rochester’s areas of study and are structured like college seminars. Students can choose up to two courses per session, from fields like the arts, engineering, English, history, mathematics, medicine, modern languages, music, and science. Partners include the Eastman School of Music, the Medical Center, the School of Nursing, the Warner School of Education, and the Hajim School of Engineering. Students will participate in class discussions, field trips, group projects, experiments, and labs, putting new found knowledge to use in creative ways.
Students looking for a residential experience will take two classes: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Commuter students may choose whether they would like to take a morning class, afternoon class, or both.
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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
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
Session B: July 27-21, 2020
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: Ritwik Bose
We live in a world connected by technology. This course will focus on the technology that interconnects the world through the Internet. You will explore the networking protocols that allow you to view a web site and order products from Amazon and participate in this online course. 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, routers, and wireless access points, the Cisco IOS, how to configure and connect those devices through 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 CCNA certification.
INSTRUCTOR: Garret Arcoraci
Session B: July 27-31, 2020
This introduction to chemical engineering will expose the unfamiliar to the knowledge base and skill set that trained chemical engineers take into a wide variety of industries such as food production, pharmaceuticals, industrial processing, materials science and alternative energy. Core engineering concepts are presented in entertaining ways through short daily lectures, class activities and daily hands-on laboratory exercises. Students are challenged through discussions on alternative energy production, reaction engineering, fluid dynamics, polymer synthesis, and the perennial question: What is the difference between chemistry and chemical engineering?
*This course is recommended for highly motivated rising juniors and seniors.
INSTRUCTOR: Rachel Monfredo
This course explores how people self-identify and examines other cultures. Utilizing topics such as interracial dating, this course will be interactive and discussion-based. Discussions will include reading personal narratives as well as using popular media. Assignments will encourage students to have a taste of the social sciences including an introduction to anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students will be able to conduct research, virtually explore their surrounding neighborhoods, and interact with people of different backgrounds by conducting online interviews. There will be dynamic guest speakers and students will then be asked to present in class based on their personal experiences.
INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Guzman-Rea
Come make sense of the world of sound with the online Audio & Music Engineering course. Students will learn about and complete projects related to acoustics, studio design, fundamentals of digital audio, the mathematics of music, audio mixing using Pro Tools, and more! Some include mixing recording sessions from famous artists, auto-tuning your own voice, the spectral analysis of sounds from your backyard, and designing a studio right in your residence! Participants will gain access to 30 hours worth of instructional videos and activities prepared by the instructors for them to watch on their schedule. The instructors will have frequent contact hours to meet with the students, answer questions, and track their progress through the course.
INSTRUCTOR: Tre DiPassio
GirlsGetMath@Rochester encourages young women to explore, and invites them to excel in, the mathematical sciences. Accomplished professional women enthusiastic about serving as career models as well as scientific mentors lead the program. Potential topics include cryptography, the mathematics of voting, image processing, prime numbers and factoring, and fractals.
INSTRUCTOR: Amanda Tucker
What impacts your health? Most would say that hospitals and health care delivery systems have the greatest impact on health, but what if you are never sick? This dynamic and interactive course will explore the multiple ways in which the world around us impacts our health, and the health of patients. We will discuss current events and policy changes including the COVID19 efforts, and the Affordable Care Act. Although this course will be entirely on-line, we are building in many experiences and guest speakers so that students can examine the world around them and share with the class. Planned experiences include a discussion of observation vs. interpretations by examining Art with an expert from the Museum of Art, talking about public health with leaders from the Monroe County Department of Public Health, discussion of policy by watching documentaries such as FED UP examining food regulations and obesity in the US. We will explore the impact that poverty has on health care by using an online simulator. We will discuss current films to think about issues of culture and race. Students will learn about career options beyond medicine that impact the population’s health. This will be a fun, engaging and active time of learning!
INSTRUCTOR: Theresa Green
This interactive course will give you an accurate and up-to-date overview of all the fields in astronomy and astrophysics. We will focus on concepts such as: stars and stellar evolution, galaxies, black holes, and gravitational waves. By the end of the week, you will have a grasp of core astronomy concepts and theories through fun and exciting activities. No Math background necessary.
INSTRUCTOR: Jacob Lange
Do you want to learn why light behaves the way it does? Do you want to play with some sweet lasers? In this course you will learn to operate lasers safely and then use them in enriching laboratory exercises to explore the properties of light. Some of these properties include polarization, where you will learn how 3D movies are made, and interference, where you will build a Michelson interferometer capable of measuring distances on the order of nanometers. The lab skills you pick up in this course will also make you a valuable resource for any optics internship or research group you pursue in the future. A good understanding of high school geometry will be required to fully participate.
INSTRUCTOR: Clarke Eastman
Was there life on Mars? Is there life on Mars now? Could there be life on Mars in the future? Acting as interplanetary scientists, we will investigate all three of these questions by first understanding the conditions necessary for life on Earth and the technology needed to detect life on a planet far, far away. We will use real astronomical data to explore geology and planetary conditions of Mars in the past and the present. With excerpts from Andy Weir’s book “The Martian” (2011) along with the 2015 movie counterpart, we will discuss the advancement of exploration of other planets and the possibility of sustaining human life on Mars in the future. This science class will be a mix of math, reading, writing, movie-watching, and discussion.
INSTRUCTOR: Emily Wilson
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
Are you curious about what goes into the design and deployment of the games you play? Introduction to Game Development is a half year course in which students will engage in the process of creating their own 2D video games. The introductory course includes units on the history and impact of gaming technologies, planning and layout of levels, character design, and an introduction to the coding of assets within a game. Characters can be created using a variety of different software, which will allow students to develop their own unique games throughout the semester. Participants will be challenged with activities to build their skills in this field, giving them hands on opportunities to test and troubleshoot their very own projects.
INSTRUCTOR: Aaron Frohm
If you are curious to understand how and why “nanotechnology” allows precise and effective tumor treatment and can shrink big devices onto a single chip, then this course is just for you! In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of nanotechnology via hands-on activities. You will design and make different types of nanomaterials, including, nanoparticles for drug delivery, hydrophobic and hydrophilic thin films, and anti-microbial nano-solutions. Using fundamentals of microfluidics, you will engineer min-portable devices for multiple simultaneous analyses. You will visit UR-Nano facility; learn the workings of a ‘clean room’ and microscopes, which allow you to visualize atoms and molecules.
INSTRUCTOR: Kanika Vats
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.
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
INSTRUCTOR: Debra Corea
Today, everyone is a filmmaker. How can we take advantage of all the wonderful recording technologies we have available to us while holding onto some core principles of storytelling? This intensive workshop will attempt to recapture some of the magic, fun, and rigor of the art of movie-making and will introduce you to old (16 mm black and white film stock, 1980s VCR cameras) and new (Vine, iMovie) traditions of short filmmaking. This workshop will plunge you headfirst into an intimate relationship with the art of short visual storytelling.
INSTRUCTOR: Harry Gu
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 and Rob Rahbari
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 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department and the Center for Oral Biology at the University’s Medical Center.
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Pistilli
Life is stressful! Come learn all about how our bodies and minds react to stress and how to manage it through this hands-on course! We’ll start by talking about the role of stress in your life, then gain a better understanding of the physiological and psychological bases of stress, and finish with interactive workshops on how to reduce stress in your daily life. Through this course, you will learn how to trace the stress response from a stressor in your environment (e.g., an upcoming college application deadline), to your body’s fight or flight reaction. We will also debunk the myth that stress is purely negative by learning about ways to use stress to your advantage! Finally, we will learn about easy techniques and how to reduce stress and anxiety.
INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Keith
Do you like doing puzzles or solving mysteries? Have you been the one to get the mind teaser or word problem first or have you always wanted to? In this course we will be testing how observant you are and do exercises to improve on this skill. We will be learning about fingerprints and how to read a DNA electrophoresis gel and figure out how those skills can help you solve a case. During the course of the week you will be solving 3 different cases by looking at different pieces of evidence. As the week progresses the cases will get more and more difficult. Warning: since this is an online course there will be a lot of reading involved.
INSTRUCTOR: Dennis Mucenski
This course will use a mixed media approach to introduce the field of mental health (including psychiatry, psychiatric nurse practitioner, clinical psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, play therapy, art therapy, and music therapy); the various educational and professional pathways for becoming a mental health provider; as well as some of the basic skills and qualities that are necessary for doing the work. Through hands-on activities (role play, work sheets, and mock interventions), short video clips, as well as simple case studies, students will learn about what it is like to be a mental health provider.
INSTRUCTOR: Jennifer Daks
Do the wealthy owe something to the poor? How harshly should criminals be punished? Should colleges use race as a factor in admissions decisions? Most of us have an opinion, and are excited to defend it, in these sorts of provocative ethical dilemmas. That excitement will be our fuel as students examine the philosophical assumptions about human values that give rise to these difficult dilemmas. We will engage with various media from popular culture—shows like Black Mirror and House, and movies like Gattaca—to shed light on the philosophical problems and moral questions that life just beneath the surface of ordinary life. Students will use philosophical texts, reasoning, and good-hearted argument and discussion to make up their minds on various ethical controversies.
INSTRUCTOR: Zachary Barber
Session A (PM): July 13-24, 2020 & Session B (AM): July 27-31, 2020
8:30-11:30 am & 1:00-4:00 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: There is an additional $30 lab fee.
INSTRUCTOR: University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty
INSTRUCTOR: Joseph VanderStel
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