Summer 2022 Session I Module List

July 9 - 15, 2022

The 2022 Summer Scholars Program online application is now closed. Contact SummerScholars@MiamiOH.edu for questions about the program. 

* The "Law and Politics 101" and "Student Citizens" modules are hosted over both weeks, beginning July 9 and ending July 23. Grant funding for each of these modules may be available.

Art of Game Design

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Instructor:

Matt Board

Want to play a game? How about we MAKE a game? In this introduction to game design, you will learn current and professional skills and techniques to create game systems and implement your creations in playable form. No previous art or computer experience is necessary. This introduction makes use of basic techniques that will teach you how to be creative using game design methodologies that are introduced in a way that is easy to understand. You will learn by doing, taking a game from idea to playable. If you are curious about the art of video games, then level up your skills, creativity, and talent with this introduction!

Beginning Design:

Architecture + Interior Design

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Architecture + Interior Design

Instructor:

John Blake

This summer, discover your inner Frank Lloyd Wright, your budding Frank Gehry, or your emerging I.M. Pei. The Beginning Design: Architecture + Interior Design course is a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of architects and designers. You will work in the design studios, be taught by Miami professors, and build from your own imagination. With a curriculum geared toward improving designs for creating competitive architecture and interior design portfolios, you will identify and examine several design topics. In multiple phases through a series of rigorous investigations and discoveries, you will practice fundamental design principles. The overriding emphasis will be placed on the "process" of design. Where might it start? How does it evolve? Learn to develop your own ideas and use them to drive the creation of space and form. At the end of the session, you will have an exhibition of works you've created as well as documentation and analysis to enhance your college admission application. 

Biophotonics:

Harnessing Spectroscopy and Microscopy to See Biology in Action

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Harnessing Spectroscopy and Microscopy to See Biology in Action

Instructor:

Dr. Karthik Vishwanath

We “see” things because our eyes “sense” light. Physicists have made tremendous progress over the last century in understanding what light is and in learning how to control, produce, and measure it. You'll learn what optical spectroscopy is and how it can be used to measure various properties of complex (biological) materials around us. Through hands-on activities and the use of outreach biophotonics kits (developed by researchers at Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Harvard Medical School), you'll explore the meaning of color, what lasers are, and how we can use lasers to “see inside our bodies.” The primary objective of this module will be to illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of biophotonics research – which brings together physics, chemistry, and biology – and see how it is being (and can be) used to impact and improve medical science, without being a physician! We’ll start the module by learning about spectroscopy – the science of color. We will understand optical spectra and its relation to the color of objects. We’ll then explore microscopy – specifically via use of naturally occurring fluorescence in biological materials around us (such as soil, leaves, and food). We will attempt to build a small compact fluorescence microscope using origami (yes, by folding paper!) and use our folded-microscope to measure, interpret, and understand fluorescence from natural materials. We will also learn how biological samples need to prepared for getting good microscopic images. At the end of the module, you will be able to take all the experimental tools we develop back with you as souvenirs of your efforts.

Brain Mythbusters:  

Unraveling the SCIENCE in Neuroscience

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Instructor:

Dr. Jennifer Quinn

How much of our brains do we really use? Are we really “right-brained” or “left-brained”?

Misconceptions about the structure and function of the human brain are all too common. Once these myths are widely disseminated, it is often difficult to separate scientific fact from fiction. This module will examine some of these myths, and provide you with the science and investigative tools to effectively debunk them. You will have the opportunity to examine real brains, observe direct brain manipulation techniques, and interact with researchers in their laboratories. As part of a team, you will select a cluster of related myths to evaluate, present the scientific evidence to dispel them, and create games to educate others about these misconceptions.

Engineering:

Design and Build an Interactive Robot

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Design and Build an Interactive Robot

Instructor:

Jim Leonard

It's science. Not fiction. This summer, delve headfirst into the realms of engineering and computing by designing and building a computer-controlled robot. First, you'll learn how they communicate. Through the wires and steel runs a rich programming language that reads light sensors and controls drive motors. Next, you and your team will apply those concepts to the design of your own robotic vehicle. Your team will assemble it. Program it. Test it. Then, your robot will face off in performing its task against the other teams' creations. The winner will be crowned. The universe might be saved by building a computer-controlled robot.

Entrepreneurial Experience:

Building Your Dreams and Passions into Fun and Profitable Ventures

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Building Your Dreams and Passions into Fun and Profitable Ventures

Instructor:

David Eyman

The secret to success in life and business can be found in the entrepreneurial mindset. The entrepreneurship track of the Summer Scholars Program exposes students to the fun and excitement of bringing ideas to life. You will participate in interactive, hands-on projects and be exposed to what it takes to build companies, teams, and insight. Whatever your interests – building a small start-up company, creating a major corporation, driving meaningful social change, or working in creative fields – we will build ideas, form teams, and create the structure that builds success.

Exploring the Helping Professions

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Instructor:

Shawnieka Pope

Students will develop a strong foundational knowledge of basic theories used to understand family and family-like relationships. Students will explore various helping professions (e.g., family life education, youth/family extension specialists, social work, marriage and family therapy, child life specialists) which may include hearing from guest speakers working in each profession/area, visiting local agencies/organizations, demonstrations, role-plays, and community service/shadowing experiences. At the completion of the module, students will have identified which helping professions are of interest and set goals for their individual pathways to the professions.

Fashion Design and Merchandising

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Instructor:

Gylaine Gilmore

Are you interested in a career in fashion? Do you dream of owning your own fashion business, or working for a large fashion brand? Did you know that one in every six people worldwide is employed in the global fashion and textile industry? Begin your fashion future with this focused one-week program!

This module is for students who are interested in fashion design, fashion entrepreneurship, and/or fashion corporate business, but do not necessarily have experience in business, sewing, or patternmaking. It will be an introduction to fashion employers, fashion forecasting, fashion/design language, silk dyeing, garment analysis, and technical illustration.

Law and Politics 101:

Exploring Controversial Issues

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Exploring Controversial Issues

Instructor:

Dr. John Forren

Should the U.S. Constitution be interpreted to protect flag burning? Should religious minorities be exempted from laws that burden spiritual practices? When (if ever) may government officials discriminate without violating the Constitution’s guarantee of "equal protection of the law"? Is the death penalty a violation of fundamental human rights — or a proper response by society to the problem of violent crime?

Using selected court opinions and other primary sources, you will explore the array of legal, philosophical, and political ideas that have informed American debates on these and other controversial issues throughout history. Through the use of various active-learning activities — including legislative simulations, debates, educational games, guided discussions, and mock trials — you will also learn about and practice the civic skills of dialogue, deliberation, persuasion, and accommodation that generations of Americans have used to resolve differences and solve problems in their communities.

NOTE: This module is hosted over both weeks from July 9-23. Grant funding from the Menard Family Center for Democracy may be available to admitted scholars.

Media Matters:

Filmmaking

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Filmmaking

Instructor:

Lexi Marsh

What does it take to make visual storytelling in the fast-paced, multimedia news industry today? Find out from those working in film and commercial production in southwest Ohio and around the country, as you create your own fictional and documentary films.

The Modern Naturalist:

Learning to See Nature in Your Daily Life

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Learning to See Nature in Your Daily Life

Instructors:

Dr. Amy Sullivan
Dr. Steve Sullivan

Nature is a fundamental part of every major. The raw materials for everything you own were either grown on or dug from the Earth. Your culture, neighborhood, family history, and even worldview have been influenced by nature. Your ancestors were naturalists. Yet, the skills of a naturalist are declining, even within the biological sciences. Students of any experience level or background are invited to join the Hefner Museum of Natural History team to get muddy, cut things up, smell the roses (and remove the invasive ones), and learn through firsthand experience the basic principles and theories of nature that make you who you are. This course is a literal walk in the park (among other things). It will be a good overview for the aspiring biologist but equally, it is designed to be useful and exciting for the non-biology student who has often wondered about nature but never had a guide.

The Role of Data Science in the Modern World

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Instructors:

Michael O'Connell
Kevin Reuning
Jonathon Vivoda

Did you know "data scientist" is considered one of the top jobs of the 21st century? Do you know what it means to be a data scientist? In this session we will journey through the lifecycle of a data science project by exploring the many hats that a data scientist wears. Understanding what problem you are trying to solve and the data you need to solve it is the first step in any analytics project. Then, through hands-on exercises, students will see how data science is used in real life: How do social media companies detect propaganda? How does Netflix generate a relevant list of shows you might be interested in? How do we generate insight from large datasets to make the best decisions? How do you find data to analyze? How does a team manager use data to improve performance of their players and the overall team? And so much more! Learn how to analyze and tell a story with data during this summer session. Join us as we learn more about one of today's most lucrative careers.

Student Citizens

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Program Director:

Dr. Steven Conn

Who gets to be a citizen and who gets to decide? What are the rights of citizenship and what are its responsibilities? Is citizenship universal or is it culturally specific?  Most of all, what kind of citizen do you intend to be? By engaging with key texts from the ancient world, the Enlightenment, and the modern period, participants in the Student Citizens module will meet daily with Miami faculty for intensive, discussion-based seminars and work with Miami university student-tutors on reading and writing assignments related to these topics.

NOTE: This module is hosted over both weeks from July 9-23. Grant funding from the Teagle Foundation may be available to admitted scholars.

Studio Art:

Portfolios that Punch

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Portfolios that Punch

Instructor:

Michael Stillion

Are you thinking of studying design or art in college but you are nervous about your portfolio? Let us help! Studio Art - Portfolios that Punch is a college preparatory studio workshop that will allow you to improve your creative skills and construct a competitive art portfolio for college admission. Outcomes focus on drawing and a variety of 3D studio-production approaches while emphasizing evaluative portfolio criteria including design/composition, technical proficiency, color, presentation, and photographic representation.

Studio sessions consist of artist lectures, studio demonstrations, hands-on activities, outdoor drawing excursions, and critical analysis of work created as well as learning more about the work of professional artists via campus galleries and museums.

Unpacking Your Business Briefcase: 

Integrated Workplace Skills Development

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Integrated Workplace Skills Development

Instructors:

Dr. Becky Crews
Dr. Cindy Oakenfull
Dr. Justin McGlothin
Elizabeth Troy

This summer, you have the opportunity to engage with First Year Integrated Core faculty to learn about key workplace skills such as: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creative thinking, and business research. As you learn these key skills, throughout the week, you will apply them to a mini business project. You will work with the faculty and in groups to experience what it’s like to weave together skills and apply them to a final project. Get ready to engage in a high-touch, experiential learning experience to start unpacking your business briefcase!