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The Summer Scholars Program provides a rich, early college experience for academically-talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the globe. Students will join an engaged community of learners for an intense, two-week program in which they do the following:

  • Participate in challenging, immersive academic modules centered on a specific topic or area of interest.
  • Learn alongside our leading faculty and professional experts.
  • Reside in a "living-learning" community with other Summer Scholars participants and get a real preview of college life--live in a residence hall, eat in our award-winning dining halls, and enjoy campus facilities such as our Recreational Sports Center and Goggin Ice Center.
  • Attend special workshops on topics such as the college admission process and financial assistance. Get an insider's look at the college application process--learn about ACT/SAT test preparation, how to find the right college fit, how to write the best college essay, as well as get an introduction to financial aid and scholarships.
  • Participate in special excursions to local attractions, such as Kings Island, and a Cincinnati Reds game.
  • Receive priority consideration for merit scholarships and for selection to  top programs such as the University Academic Scholars Program, and the University Honors Program.

Program Details

This year's Summer Scholars program will take place during two sessions:

Session I

July 6-18, 2014

Session II

July 20-August 1, 2014


You must apply online to be considered for the Summer Scholars Program. Applications are due May 1, 2014.


If you have questions about the Summer Scholars Program, please contact us by email at or by phone at 513-529-2531.


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Meet the Instructors

  • Adventures in Computing

    Instructor: Bo Brinkman,
    Associate Professor and Graduate Director, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering Co-director, Miami University Augmented Reality Center
    Ph.D., Computer Science, Princeton University

    Bo Brinkman
    Dr. Brinkman works with students in computer science and graphic design, teaching them to develop high-impact augmented reality applications. He also focuses his work and teachings on exploring the social and ethical implications of computing and interactive media.

  • The United States in Conflict: Meaning of War in America

    Instructor: Amanda Kay McVety,
    Associate Professor of History
    Miami University Altman Fellow, Truman-Kauffman Fellow
    Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

    Amanda Kay McVety
    Dr. McVety's interests lie at the intersection of international relations, science, economics, and the environment. Her book, Enlightened Aid: U.S. Development as Foreign Policy in Ethiopia, examines the intellectual and political origins of Point Four, the first American aid program for the "underdeveloped world," and its operations in Ethiopia.

  • An Interactive Quest for Social Justice: Freedom Summer 1964

    Instructor: Nishani Frazier,
    Assistant Professor of History; Affiliate of the Black World Studies Program Miami University Heanon Wilkins Fellow; National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient
    Ph.D., Columbia University

    Nishani Frazier
    Dr. Frazier’s teaching and research interests include American history, African-American history, and the 1960s. Her current book project examines the philosophical evolution of the Cleveland chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality.

  • Search for a Cure: Discovery of Novel Antibiotics

    Instructor: Michael Kennedy,
    Eminent Scholar and Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia

    Dr. Kennedy’s teaching interests include Physical Chemistry as well as special topics in Protein Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Protein Crystallography. For nearly a decade, Kennedy has collaborated with physicians at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati Medical Hospital to focus on the discovery of biomarkers for childhood and adult diseases.

  • Virtual Technology to Solve Real World Problems

    Instructor: Jay Smart,
    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Cincinnati

    Jay Smart
    One of Dr. Smart’s primary research and teaching interests is ergonomics—specifically, the exploration of human motor control and psychological issues concerning the use and design of virtual environments.

  • Acting for the Stage and Screen: A Practical Approach

    Instructor: Nicole Johndrow,
    Adjunct Professor, Department of Theatre
    Nicole Johndrow
    A New York City musical theatre actress and cabaret performer, Johndrow’s theatrical credits include the National Tour of Cats and the off-Broadway musical revue Back In Pictures. She has most recently been seen on stage starring in her one-woman, critically acclaimed autobiographical show, Mixtape Confessions: The Diary of a Teenage Optimist.

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Summer Scholars Program Brochure

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  • Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA


    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info:

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    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069

    Printable Floor Plan

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info:

  • Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042

    Printable Campus Map

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info:

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011

    Printable Campus Map

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info:

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    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: