Summer Scholars 2020

A virtual, conference style experience led by Indiana State University Faculty

Summer Scholars is a week-long, conference style experience for any rising sophomore, junior, or senior in high school.  The program will include a series of 11 sessions on a variety of topics across several disciplines. With the conference style setup, students will have access to any session of interest. Each will have one live session during the week, and will continue the experience after the conclusion of the session with supplemental materials to gain more knowledge on the subject matter.

The program will take place Monday, July 13th through Friday, July 17th. The program is free for all students, and will include the live sessions, access to supplemental material to continue your learning experience, and access to all recorded sessions after the conclusion of the week. To do so, we’ll be using a combination of Zoom and Blackboard – access instructions and assistance provided.

*PROGRAM UPDATE – First year students starting at Indiana State University this fall are now eligible to participate in the program!*

Program Details

Audience: High School C/O 2021, 2022, 2023
Date: Monday, July 13th through Friday, July 17th
Time: Various – times below in session descriptions
Location: Hosted via Zoom – link will be sent out to participants

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Contacts

Tommy Lynch
Admissions Counselor
Phone: 812-237-2121
Email: tommy.lynch@indstate.edu

Session Descriptions (ordered by day/time):

Monday, July 13th

The Electoral College

The upcoming 2020 Presidential Election reminds our society that election rules matter in campaign strategies and ultimately who wins the race.  With that backdrop, this course addresses four specific topics: 1. How does the Electoral College work? 2. Why does the Electoral College exist? 3. Do the recent Electoral College controversies jeopardize its legitimacy? 4. What recent efforts have there been to change the way we elect the president?

Instructor: Matthew Bergbower

Session Time: Monday, July 13, 2020 from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

ISU Admissions Q&A 

Joining Admissions Counselor Tommy Lynch for a Q & A session about the Admissions process at Indiana State.

Session Time: Monday, July 13, 2020 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM EDT 

Tuesday July 14th

Genetics, Genomics, and Molecular Biology

We will discuss the Nature of Science and how it pertains to genetics, genomic and molecular biology. We will introduce the mission of The Center for Genomic Advocacy and the instrumentation that the center has in its core facility and how faculty utilize this instrumentation to answer scientific questions. Finally, we will discuss careers that center on genetics, genomics, and molecular biology theories, skills, and techniques.

Instructors: Rusty Gonser, Shaad Ahmad, Kyu Hong Cho, Hugo Gante, & Kris Schwab

Session Time: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Introduction to Social Work   

The “Introduction to Social Work” Summer Scholars seminar will provide students with an overview of the profession of Social Work, including a review of the diverse populations served, the skills and knowledge required for effective practice, and the discipline’s Code of Ethics/professional and personal value systems.

Instructor: JoEllen Henson

Session Time: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT 

ISU Admissions Q&A 

Joining Admissions Counselor Tommy Lynch for a Q & A session about the Admissions process at Indiana State.

Session Time: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM EDT 

Wednesday July 15th

Survival in Extreme Environments

This seminar will help students gain an introductory understanding of how humans are able to survive in some of the most extreme environments that exist in the world. We will touch on extreme heat, cold and altitude during the course of the seminar. Students will also be introduced to the basics of cardiopulmonary physiology, which will help them understand how survival in extreme environments is possible.

Instructor: James Davis

Session Time: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT

Communicating for Professional Success

“Tell me about yourself.” One of the first questions in an interview is one of the hardest questions for people to answer. In this seminar, you will learn how to pitch yourself in person and on paper. We will cover resume writing, cover letter writing, and elevator pitching. Words matter. Find out how to separate yourself from the competition by enrolling today.

Instructor: Jennifer Mullen

Session Time: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 from 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM EDT

Poetry Writing: Power, Process, and Play

This seminar offers a brief introduction to poetry writing, inviting students to read, explore, write, and experience poetry, and to learn about the literary communities and opportunities that Terre Haute and ISU have to offer.

Instructor: Amy Ash

Session Time: Wednesday, July15, 2020 from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

Thursday, July 16th

Aviation

Career opportunities, pilot training, weather, airplane components with a brief introduction to aerodynamics, and time permitting, air traffic control.

Instructor: Heather Lennox

Session Time: Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Knights in the Archives

An exploration of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the ISU Archives, with special attention to the "Thurnierbuch," a 1566 compendium of knightly tournaments from the Middle Ages.

Instructor: Steven Stofferahn

Session Time: Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

Understanding and Meeting Learners' Needs

Highly effective teachers make an impact on students' lives because "they know stuff!" These teachers know how to identify learners' needs and they know how to respond to those needs. A critical key to identifying learners' needs is a cycle to observe, listen, ask questions, research, plan, and then observe some more. We will explore this process to becoming a highly effective teacher.

Instructor: Melissa Nail

Session Time: Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM ED

ISU Admissions Q&A 

Joining Admissions Counselor Tommy Lynch for a Q & A session about the Admissions process at Indiana State.

Session Time: Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM EDT 

Friday July 17th

Mobile Phone Application Development

Ever wanted to create your own Video game or Mobile Phone App? How do computers make decisions? How does computer hardware directly interact with computer software?  Do you want to be a published app developer? These and many more questions are waiting for you to find the answers in the Mobile Phone Application Development course. While seeking the answers to the listed questions, you will gain skills in computer engineering, logical thinking, problem solving, and computer software programing and troubleshooting.

Computer and Mobile Phone software is so embedded in our daily life, from listening to music to withdrawing money from a bank, every electronic device needs computer software to be developed for it before it can function. By gaining a basic understanding of digital software creation in high school, you are learning the computer software development process so you can make computers work for you, no matter what field you may progress in.

This course is designed to teach you about applied computer engineering logic, which introduces you to the basics of digital systems – the building blocks to many products you use including mobile phones and video games. The course is designed to expose students to engineering design and troubleshooting techniques that are used in the computer engineering and information technology field. Students will spend equal time creating Android Mobile Phone applications and games.

The projects allow students to learn digital computer system design using a software development methodology while using logic implementations in programmable devices including phones, tablets, and personal computers.  You will learn how machines “think”, and how computer software is created, by creating your own mobile applications. You will also learn a systematic approach that computer engineers use to design the apps that you use every day.

Instructor: Jared Wuerzburger

Session Time: Friday, July 17, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Gender & Visual Culture Studies: Bodies, Beauty, & Power

From the subtle androgyny of Billie Eilish to Billy Porter’s fabulously flamboyant red carpet looks, visual images and advertising bombard us daily, influencing our thoughts on and performances of gender and identity. This seminar acts as a crash course to the fields of gender studies and visual culture studies, introducing students to both fields, while exploring their fruitful overlaps. Issues of power, beauty, privilege, and appropriation will all be discussed. 

Instructor: Susan Livingston

Session Time: Friday, July 17, 2020 from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

ISU Admissions Q&A 

Joining Admissions Counselor Tommy Lynch for a Q & A session about the Admissions process at Indiana State.

Session Time: Friday, July 17, 2020 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM EDT