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 and Deb Corea
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 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
Session B: July 22-26, 2019
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, explore their surrounding neighborhoods, and interact with people of different backgrounds by conducting interviews. There will be an educational field trip and students will then be asked to present in class based on their personal experiences.
INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Guzman-Rea
The fundamentals of audio is an art and a science. This course will go over both the technical and artistic side of audio engineering with topics such as: Acoustic Fundamentals, Digital and Analog Signals, Digital Audio Workstation Environments, Microphones, Equalizers and Compressors. In the second week, students will have hands on experience in working with audio for video as well as visiting a working commercial recording studio and audio electronics manufacturing shop in Downtown Rochester.
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? Is it the hospitals and health care delivery system? But what if you are never sick? This dynamic and interactive course will explore the ways in which the world around us impacts our health. We will discuss current events and policy changes including the Affordable Care Act and practice advocacy while learning ways individuals can make a difference. We will observe the environment “hands-on” and identify barriers to health. We will study Rochester, learning about population health data and identify “Hot Spots” of poor health and consider WHY. We will explore the impact that poverty has on health care. We will meet leaders from important agencies in Rochester that influence health including the local health department, Foodlink, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, legislators, etc. We will discuss current films including Fed Up and Unnatural Causes 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
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
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.
Session B: July 22-26, 2019
Pharmacology is a real world application in a variety of medical careers such as anesthesiology, psychiatry, physicians, pharmacists, etc. In small working groups of students we will use web-based tools to conduct guided research into the chemical nature of select drug categories, and the mechanism(s) by which the respective drugs interact with biological systems and modify human physiology. This class is designed for 11-12 grade students only with a good foundation of biology and chemistry.
INSTRUCTOR: Jeffrey Purkerson
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.
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
Session A: July 8-19, 2019
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.
INSTRUCTOR: University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty
Are you ready to explore the virtual world of game design? This course provides an overview of mobile gaming development using GameSalad Creator. Topics covered include: history of the mobile game industry, mobile platforms, tools and genres, design, art and programming for mobile devices, ICloud integration, production team roles, responsibilities and cycles, play testing, Xcode integration, virtual goods, analytics, storyboarding, accelerometer response, user interface design, level layout, multiplayer integration, social media notifications and the future of the mobile game industry.
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.
INSTRUCTOR: Dianne Rutigliano
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 muon. Knowledge of algebra is required, but prior knowledge of programming is not.
INSTRUCTOR: Segev BenZvi
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
Be adventurous, travel through dance to explore cultures of the world! This week-long investigation will focus on cultural dance forms such as: West African Dance, Middle Eastern Dance, American Tap/jazz, and Capoeira. Inspired by these forms, students will be encouraged to dive into their own creativity as they explore various methods of dance-making. This intensive will provide the opportunity to encounter multiple dance styles, explore cultural tradition, and practice creativity.
INSTRUCTOR: Melissa Pfohl Smith and Mariah Steele
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
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 brain’s neurological response, 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 stress-management techniques, which will include going into the community to meet with experts on how to use mindfulness and yoga techniques to reduce stress and anxiety.
INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Keith
Session B: July 22-26, 2019
8:30-11:30 am & 1:00-4:00 pm
Ever wonder how the criminal mind works? Want to investigate a crime scene and analyze evidence? Jump into a work of crime scene investigation as you study how to process evidence from a homicide. During the investigation, you will learn more about 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 methods, microscopes, teamwork, and lab safety. By Friday you will explain who you think the killer is!
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? Is war ever morally justified? 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. For the central part of the course, a research-based investigation into one controversial ethical topic—to be determined by the interests of the class—will be launched. Students will use philosophical texts, reasoning, and argument to determine the morality of their chosen controversy.
INSTRUCTOR: Zachary Barber
Session A: July 8-19, 2019 & Session B: July 22-26, 2019
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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