Summer 2019 Session I Module List

This information is based on modules from the 2019 Summer Scholars Programs. Each Summer Scholars Program is unique, and all modules are subject to change.
 

Beginning Design:

Architecture + Interior Design

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Architecture + Interior Design

Instructor:

Brian Andrews

This module is currently at capacity for the 2019 Summer Scholars program. 

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. Students will work in the design studios, be taught by Miami professors, and build from their own imaginations. With a curriculum geared toward improving designs for creating competitive architecture and interior design portfolios, students will identify and examine several design topics. In multiple phases through a series of rigorous investigations and discoveries, students will practice fundamental design principles. The overriding emphasis will be placed upon the "process" of design. Where might it start? How does it evolve? Students will learn to develop their own ideas and use them to drive the creation of space and form. The module will conclude with portfolio documentation and analysis to improve application quality as well as an exhibition of works created.

 

Brain Mythbusters:

Unraveling the SCIENCE in Neuroscience

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Unraveling the SCIENCE in Neuroscience

Instructor:

Dr. Jennifer Quinn

 

This module is currently at capacity for the 2019 Summer Scholars program. 

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 students with the science and investigative tools to effectively debunk them. Summer scholars will have the opportunity to examine real brains, observe direct brain manipulation techniques, and interact with researchers in their laboratories. Student teams 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.

 

Business Academy:

Taking Care of Business

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Taking Care of Business

Instructors:

Dr. Jeff Merhout
Helen Koons

This module is currently at capacity for the 2019 Summer Scholars program. 

What do people “do” in business? What makes a business successful? What does it take to be a business professional? The “Basics of Business” track of the Summer Scholars Program will allow students to investigate all of the functional areas of business, better understand business processes, and develop basic competency in the language of business. Students will work in competitive teams to solve a real-world business problem while thinking creatively and working collaboratively. Students will also have an opportunity to practice how to present in a professional environment.

 

Design Thinking

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Instructor:

Todd Stuart

In this project-centered, team-oriented environment, Design Thinkers start with the user in mind to create products, systems, and processes that solve a user need. They use empathy, creativity, decision-making, prototyping, and testing in interdisciplinary teams to move past the first idea and create innovative solutions for the user’s problem. Design Thinkers are creative problem solvers that understand users through observation. They use this information to define the challenge and use creative brainstorming to ideate potential solutions. Using prototyping, Design Thinkers start to develop the potential solution in a more concrete form while continuing to learn and analyze. Design Thinkers then test their prototypes on users and take the learning from those tests and continue to figure out a more innovative solution.

 

Drugs for Neglected Diseases

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Instructors:

Dr. Rich Taylor
Dr. Susan Hershberger

This research experience involves a collaborative research effort between Miami University and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Institute headquartered in Switzerland. The mission of the DNDI is to develop drugs to treat diseases, mostly in the developing world, for which there is little possibility for a return on investment. As a non-profit, it develops partnerships with companies (including pharmaceutical companies doing screening and other work as charitable endeavors), foundations and universities to engage in such work.

 

Engineering Design:

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.

 

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 at Miami University!

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.

 

Game of Clones:

Genetic Engineering in Society

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Genetic Engineering in Society

Instructor:

Dr. Alan Strautman

What fuels the debate surrounding genetically modified organisms in the United States? Are the choices people make when buying food based on scientific facts? Pseudoscience? Fear? We’ll explore topics related to the genetic engineering and in particular food crops in the United States, and compare attitudes of Americans to those of people living in other parts of the world. We’ll use molecular biology techniques in the laboratory to identify and generate our own genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

 

Inside State and Local Government:

Leadership and Public Affairs

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Leadership and Public Affairs

Instructor:

Dr. Mark Morris

This module is currently at capacity for the 2019 Summer Scholars program. 

Students interested in taking a leadership role in public affairs will focus on how public policy made in Washington, D.C. shapes the public agenda for state and local governments across the United States. From the sobering imperative of homeland security to the fascinating patchwork of interstate highways, streets, and roads, we’ll discover intricacies of the politics and economics inside state and local government.

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Jumping Into Kinesiology: 

Evaluating Movement and its Benefits to Overall Health

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Evaluating Movement and its Benefits to Overall Health

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. This module will focus on 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 that 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.

 

Lost Cities and Civilizations:

Archaeology and the Ancient World

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Archaeology and the Ancient World

Instructor:

Dr. Jeb Card

We'll discover the subtle clues and sensational treasures of ancient peoples from the earliest depths of prehistory to the great empires of Egypt and the Inka. We will learn how humans colonized the world, adapted to changing environments, transformed the landscape, and built new technologies and social orders to face daunting challenges. In the process we’ll analyze real artifacts, participate in the 3-D scanning and printing of artifacts, try our hand at how archaeologists excavate a site, decipher ancient hieroglyphs, figure out how old ancient Egyptian tombs are, and explore the role of archaeology today.

 

The 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. Students will participate in interactive, hands-on projects where they will 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.