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Summer 2022 Session 2: July 17 - 23

Session 2: July 17 - 23

Beginning Design: Architecture and 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.

Campus-CommUNITY Challenge: 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.

Drug Development and Neglected Diseases

Instructor: Dr. Rich Taylor

The course will be a combination of lecture/discussion and laboratory exercises. In the laboratory, each student will prepare a compound to be submitted for testing by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Institute ( for activity against a neglected disease. In the lecture portion, an understanding of the lab procedures will be developed and an outline of the normal drug development process will be described. The ways in which the normal drug development process are modified to address the unique challenges presented by neglected diseases will be highlighted.

Engineering: 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, and 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

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 where you 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.

Exploring the Helping Professions

Instructor: Dr. Darren Cosgrove

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.

Game of Clones Genetic Engineering in Society

Instructor: Dr. Rebekah Balish

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).

Jumping into Kinesiology: 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. 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.

Lost Cities and Civilizations: 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 Inca. 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.

Quantum Computers:  The Future of Computing

Instructor: Dr. Imran Mirza

Just imagine a day of your life without computers and cell phones. Do you know this computer technology revolution began almost 70 years ago? During the last 70 years, we have been trying very hard to make computers faster and smaller. However, it is believed by 2040 we will be hitting the smallest size limits (no further miniaturization of computer chips will be possible). So what is the future of computers? It's Quantum Computing! Come and join a team of scientists this summer in the physics department at Miami to learn how future computers will be transferring, storing, and manipulating information using the tiniest particles of light and matter. This module will allow the summer scholars to learn the ABCs of quantum circuits and sharpen their quantitative analysis skills and experience to program a baby quantum computer. The future of computers is in our hands and it is fascinating! 

Unpacking Your Business Briefcase: Integrated Workplace Skills Development

Instructors: Dr. Becky Crews, Dr. Justin McGlothin, Elizabeth Troy

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!