Summer Scholars: Psychology


Program Description:

Why do some people have 2 brains? Can subliminal messages influence our behavior? Is psychic ability, and ESP, real? Why do we remember certain events, but not others? How are people lured into cults? Why do some people view cheating as ethical? Are reports of alien abductions legitimate? Why do people develop psychological disorders? Answers to questions such as these, and others, will be explored within the Summer Scholars Program in Psychology -- a residential experience for exceptional high school students (who have completed 9th, 10th, or 11th grade). Interactive, hands-on, activities will involve exploring major behavioral disciplines focusing on neuropsychology, perceptual processes, memory, paranormal phenomena, motivational processes, social psychology, developmental psychology, psychological testing, and behavior disorders. Students will participate in a variety of interactive activities, all of which are aimed at making psychological principles come to life in the classroom.

Program Goals:

The goals of the program are to (a) give students an appreciation of how psychologists study human behavior, (b) show how psychology influences everyday life, (c) discuss career opportunities available in psychology, and (d) provide students with a snapshot of academic and social elements of college life.

Program Benefits:

It's never too early to get ready for college, and the Summer Scholars Program in General Psychology at Lebanon Valley College allows students to get a feel for college life while still enrolled in high school. Furthermore, when making admission decisions, colleges look for students who have demonstrated a variety of abilities, including engagement in extracurricular activities that develop one’s intellectual- and leadership-based skills; the SSP provides such opportunities to enrolled participants.

Students in the SSP here at the Valley spend a week experiencing life at a college known for its atmosphere of academic excellence and personal attention—a college chosen by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ranked schools in the North in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, and by The Princeton Review as one of the "Best Northeastern Colleges." 

Beyond preparing students for collegiate life, the SSP develops students’ long-term interests in their selected disciplines. Past participants have entered careers involving school counseling, clinical psychology, veterinary medicine, and pharmaceutical research, as well as many others, and participants have expressed the impact of the program on their lives.

“The program’s faculty opened up a world of possibilities and choices in a way that my high school experiences simply couldn’t. During the week, I could envision myself, for the first time, having a career in scientific research.”

“As a high school student, the program helped me to decide what college major to pursue and which college to attend.”

“The entire experience really helped me choose Lebanon Valley College over many other competitive science programs. Living on campus and learning in a hands-on atmosphere was a valuable experience and helped me prepare for college.”


Camp Details:

When: July 6-11, 2014
Where: Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA
How Much: $900 (this all-inclusive camp fee covers room and board, class supplies, evening activities, guest speakers, camp T-shirt, etc.)
Who: Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors