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Virtual STEAM Summer Academies in Loretto, Pennsylvania

The STEAM Summer Academies are one-week long immersive programs in engineering, aviation, computer science, mathematics, pre-medicine, health sciences, biology and chemistry for high school students entering grades 11 and 12 in Fall 2020 (current sophomores and juniors). Students will be introduced to college life and earn two college credits upon completion.

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    Summer Academies 2020

    • Exciting Chemistry (Virtual or Commuter)

    Talented high school students will have the opportunity to earn two transferable college credits from Saint Francis University while working virtually to complete real world projects, and present their results in this unique pre-college experience. Students selected for an academy will be provided with necessary course materials.  Program activities include:

    • classroom and laboratory learning experiences;
    • virtual experiments and industry-based learning involvements

    A computer with high speed internet connection and video with audio is necessary to participate in the virtual academies. 

    Teachers (optional): Educators providing recommendation letters for 2 students or more are eligible for an e-certificate from Educational Innovations to provide a learning tool for your classroom! We appreciate you taking the time to provide recommendation letters for your rising students to our STEAM Summer Academies at Saint Francis University!

    Program Fee $249 (virtual)
    Program Fee $300 (face-to-face or commuter)

  • Exciting Chemistry Virtual (or Commuter) Academy – July 26 – 31, 2020

    July 26 – 31, 2020

    Exploring the World through Chemistry! 

    Chemistry is everywhere and chemistry will take you anywhere you want to go. We want to show you the exciting options you will have for your career if you know chemistry and the critical thinking that comes along with getting a chemistry degree. While virtual, we will provide you with the expertise, directions, and resources to perform chemistry activities at home. We will discuss the activities and tie them into important chemistry topics and careers.  Each day you will learn how chemistry is used to solve problems in the environment, forensics, healthcare, and nanochemistry. You will have the opportunity to meet Saint Francis Chemistry graduates working in research, government, and other surprising careers.

    • Students will receive 2 college credits in Science 102 for completing this program.
    • Academy participants are eligible for a $4,000 Scholarship if enrolling in a qualified major within the School of STEAM/School of Health Sciences (depending on academy attended) at SFU 
    • Program fee $249 (virtual option includes application fee)
    • Program fee $300 (face-to-face commuter option from 9:00 am to 4:30 Monday - Friday. NO overnight stay. Includes application fee)
    • Registration Deadline: July 20, 2020

    Students selected for the academy will be provided with necessary course materials.  Students earn two college credits upon completion of the program. 


      Instructor - Clark

    Dr. Rose Clark
    Professor of Analytical Chemistry earned a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow from Penn State University. Her research interests include cytochrome electrochemistry on self-assembled monolayers, surface analysis of mixed self-assembled monolayers, and development of new peptide self-assembled monolayers. She has been teaching at SFU for over 22 years.


    Instructor - Zovinka


    Dr. Edward Zovinka
    Professor of Inorganic Chemistry earned his Postdoctoral Fellow at North Carolina State University. His research interests include acid mine drainage remediation with focus on aluminum removal and atomic force microscopy of calcite surfaces. He has been teaching at SFU for over 25 years.

  • Application Process

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    Registration closes one week prior to the start of each academy

    Students:  Required Application Materials include:

    • (Optional) Teacher or guidance counselor letter of recommendation
    • (Optional) High school transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted)
    •  Non-refundable application fee of $25 for EACH academy to which the student is applying
    •  Essay with response to one of the following questions:
      •  Why would you like to participate in this summer academy?
      •  What can you contribute to this summer academy?
      •  How will participation in the academy advance your future plans in chemistry, biology, engineering, medicine, or health science?