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Virtual STEAM Summer Academies in Loretto, Pennsylvania

This year's STEAM Summer Academies are virtual, immersive programs in biology, chemistry, and the humanities for high school students entering grades 11 and 12 in Fall 2020 (current sophomores and juniors). Students will be introduced to college courses and earn two college credits upon completion.

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    Summer Academies 2020

    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 

  • Biology of Cancer and Cancer Research Virtual Academy - July 5 - 16, 2020

    July 5 – 16, 2020

    In this course, one will learn the basic causes of cancer from lifestyle and genetics down to the cellular level in humans and our furry pets.  In addition, students will learn through virtual labs the current molecular biology techniques used to study cancer as well as new cancer treatments.  

    • Students will receive 2 college credits in Biology 412 (Special Topics) 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 cost $249 (includes application fee)
    • Registration Deadline: June 29, 2020

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

    Instructor

    Instructor - WolfDr. Irene Wolf
    Associate Professor of biology and master of cancer care program earned her Ph.D. from the University of Toledo College of Medicine in Biomedical Sciences. She teaches classes and labs on physiology and anatomy, molecular biology, and pathophysiology of cancer. Her research interests are characterizing apoptosis of pancreatic caner cells following treatments of non-traditional chemotherapeutic drugs.     

    Exciting Chemistry Virtual 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 cost $249 (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. 

    Instructors

      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.

    Find Your Voice Virtual Academy – July 26 – 31, 2020

    July 26 – 31, 2020               

    Everyone has something to say--including you--but not everyone is heard. To ensure that others truly listen to your ideas, you must present yourself as someone worth listening to: credible, competent, and knowledgeable. You must also express yourself with clarity and conviction to persuade audiences to accept and ultimately act upon your ideas. While virtual, you will learn how to use the tools and techniques of professional speakers and writers to speak and write effectively about topics that matter to you. In short, you will find your voice--and learn to use it well.

    • Students will receive 2 college credits in Humanities 225 (Special Topics) 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 cost $249 (includes application fee)
    • Registration Deadline: July 20, 2020

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

    Instructors

    Instructor - Thomas

    Dr. Brennan Thomas

    Department Chair and Associate Professor of English earned her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University. Her research interests include writing center administration and popular media studies. She has published scholarly articles on the social, political and consumerist elements of the films A Christmas Story, Bambi, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as well as the television series South Park.

     

    Instructor - Julin

    Dr. Grant Julin
    Associate Professor of Philosophy earned his Ph.D. from Duquesne University.  His primary research interests are in the philosophy of humor and comedy, and in particular satire. Dr. Julin has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, with an emphasis on the philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche and Søren Kierkegaard.

     

  • Application Process

    Registration is open!
    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?