Summer 2021 Session I Module List

June 27 - July 9, 2021

For Summer Scholars 2021, we hope to host students in Oxford, Ohio, for a two-week residential program. But if we can't be on campus, we will host a two-week virtual program on the same dates. Most modules will be offered regardless of whether the program is on campus or virtual. Look for "on campus only" or "virtual only" in the descriptions below to identify the few modules that would only be offered in one format.

A final decision about whether Summer Scholars 2021 will be on campus or virtual will be made no later than June 1.

Beginning Design:

Architecture + Interior Design

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Architecture + Interior Design

Instructors:

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 you 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. 

Campus-CommUNITY Challenge: 

Leaders for Social Changes

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Leaders for Social Change

Instructor:

Dr. Michelle Cosmah

Leaders are an integral part of the growth of their community and can take on various roles, challenge policies, and demand equality. Summer Scholars will have the opportunity to learn about innovative campaigns for social change, engage with successful leaders in the local community, and apply new skills to a social action project. This module will allow Summer Scholars to examine their own leadership qualities, challenge them to reflect on their own practices, extend their thinking to include various philosophies, and prepare them to promote social change.

ON CAMPUS ONLY

Engineering:

Design and Build an Interactive Robot

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Design and Build an Interactive Robot

ON CAMPUS ONLY

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.

ON CAMPUS ONLY

Engineering Grand Challenges: Under Pressure

Modeling, Simulation, Analysis and Design for Deep Sea Exploration

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Modeling, Simulation, Analysis and Design for Deep Sea Exploration

ON CAMPUS ONLY

Instructor:

Dr. Amit Shukla

Deep Sea Exploration. Grand Challenges. We can do it! How do women and men work together as engineers to design and solve some of the grand challenges and explore the unknown? The College of Engineering and Computing Women’s Advisory Committee want to help you find out. Join us this summer as we engage in team-based, engineering problem-solving. We will use research, model manipulation, data analysis, project planning, design and redesign, data-based decision making, oral and written presentation, graphic design, and reflection. You will engage in the practices of real engineers using modeling, simulation, analysis, and design for the deep-sea environment. Let’s go explore the deep sea together…NO PRESSURE!!

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:

Dr. Jim Friedman

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.

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 two-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. With an introduction to fashion employers, fashion forecasting, fashion/design language, silk dyeing, garment analysis, and technical illustration, this course culminates in creation of a custom-fitted “little black dress,” to be worn in an informal exhibition.

ON CAMPUS ONLY

Jumping Into Kinesiology: 

Evaluating Movement and its Benefits to Overall Health

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Evaluating Movement and its Benefits to Overall Health

ON CAMPUS ONLY

Instructor:

Eric Slattery

This module will focus on how exercise is beneficial for health. Exercise is used in a therapeutic way by many health and fitness professionals around the world. You will learn how those professionals evaluate health and then decide what therapeutic treatments they will administer to improve client health. We will cover how health is defined, risk factors of health, what measures health professionals use to quantify/assess health, and steps they can take to improve their physical health. These areas will largely include cardiorespiratory health and muscular health. Many of these assessments measure the same thing, particularly cardiorespiratory health, and students will learn about advantages and disadvantages of each test. Lab activities will include Blood Lipid Profile (Glucose, TC, LDL, HDL), body composition (height, weight, body fat, body water), electrocardiogram of the heart, functional movement screening, resistance exercise assessment, and graded exercise testing.

Law and Politics 101:

Exploring Controversial Issues

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Exploring Controversial Issues

Instructor:

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.

Media Matters:

Journalism in Action

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Journalism in Action

Instructor:

Patricia Gallagher Newberry

What does it take to make it as a journalist in the fast-paced, multimedia news industry today? Find out from journalists working at the front lines in southwest Ohio and around the country, as you create your own content about other Summer Scholars and learn about the many opportunities Miami offers to prepare you to produce 21st century journalism.

Modern Naturalist:

Learning to See Nature in Your Daily Life

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Learning to See Nature in Your Daily Life

Instructor:

Dr. Amy Sullivan
Dr. Steve Sullivan

Nature is a fundamental part of every major. The raw materials for everything you own was 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.

VIRTUAL ONLY

Sports Leadership and Management: 

Transforming your Mindset

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Transforming your Mindset

VIRTUAL ONLY

Instructor:

Dr. Matthew Moore

What does mindset actually mean? What does performance actually mean? How can changing or transforming your mindset help in all areas — or performances — of your life? As a participant in this course, you will learn how to integrate tangible psychological skills and strategies that will assist you with life’s many ups and downs. Some of these skills include: self-awareness, acceptance, and attention management.

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

Instructor:

Dr. Becky Crews

This summer, you have the opportunity to engage with faculty who teach coursework as part of the First Year Integrated Core in the Farmer School of Business. Learn about key workplace skills such as: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creative thinking, computational thinking and coding, and ethical thinking. You will work with faculty and in groups to apply these skills to an interdisciplinary, final project. Get ready to engage in an immersive learning experience and start unpacking your business briefcase!