Summer 2019 Session II 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.
 

Art of Game Design

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Instructor:

Dr. Phill Alexander

Want to play a game? How about we MAKE a game? This summer course is an introduction to game design. Students will learn current and professional skills and techniques to create game systems and implement their 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. Students 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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Health and How to Change the World

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Instructor:

Dr. Cameron Hay-Rollins

Global health is a practical field that seeks to understand the complexities of health and disease in order to innovate and develop creative solutions to make the world a healthier place. We will use medical anthropological perspectives to understanding the complex interactions of biological, cultural and economic processes at both local and global levels that lead to global health problems.

 

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.

 

Mysteries of the Mind:

Psychology Provides the Clues to Discover Ourselves

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Psychology Provides the Clues to Discover Ourselves

Instructor:

Dr. Vrinda Kalia

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

Why do people think and behave the way they do? Why are we the way that we are? Why is it that the same behavior can be useful in some contexts and harmful in others? How do we understand our own thoughts and behaviors? How can we measure what people are thinking and feeling?

In this Summer Scholars module, students will discover the answers to these and other questions by learning the fundamentals of psychology and psychophysiology (the way the mind and body interact). There will be a special emphasis on how to measure psychological processes occurring in the brain and body. In particular, we will highlight the ways in which social contexts influence the ways in which we think, feel, and behave. This program will encourage hands on learning, and students will be taught how to measure thoughts (both automatic and controlled) using computer based tests, emotions via self-report surveys, and physiological arousal by learning how to collect heart rate responses. Learning in the course will culminate in a psychological experiment designed and conducted by the students.

 

Pathways to the Helping Professions

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Instructor:

Dr. Amy Roberts
Anna Roma

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

 

Studio Art:

Portfolios that Punch

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Portfolios that Punch

Instructor:

Matthew Litteken

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 for rising high school students geared at improving creative skills and constructing 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 studio activities, outdoor drawing excursions and critical analysis of work created as well as the work of professional artists via campus galleries and museums all aimed at

 

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:

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. 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.

 

The 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
Steve Sullivan

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

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 first-hand 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.