Daniel Fox Summer Scholars Camps

2014 Programs

Actuarial Sciences
Instructor: Dr. Patrick Brewer, Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences
Description: Actuaries are business professionals who manage risk by using math and statistics. If you like math and want to know more about being an actuary, come spend a week with us exploring the profession. We'll learn some math, meet some actuaries, and go on a field trip to a consulting firm. Students applying into this class MUST have completed the 11th grade by the start of the Summer Scholars Camp.

Psychology: Normal, Abnormal, and Paranormal Behavior
Instructor: Dr. Lou Manza, Chair and Professor of Psychology
Description: Why do some people have two 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? The general topic areas that will be explored in an attempt to answer the above, as well as other questions, will include 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, including conducting their own data-based investigation into a psychological topic of their own choosing, participating in experiments illustrating behavioral principles, and engaging in debates concerning controversial topics in psychology, all of which are aimed at making psychological principles come to life in the classroom. The goals of the class 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.

Health and Biomedical Sciences
Instructor: Dr. Courtney Lappas, Assistant Professor of Biology
Description: The Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp provides high school students a window into the scientific basis of human health. Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry and medical ethics. Students will learn how laboratory science can be translated into improved human health, and they will engage in investigative experiences that will allow them to apply their laboratory skills to real life problems. In addition, students will interact with practicing professionals in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, toxicology, genetic counseling and biomedical laboratory research. The Health and Biomedical Sciences camp will provide a fun, challenging and engaging college environment in which students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a biomedical scientist and health professional.

Law, Liberty and Justice

Instructor: Dr. Philip Benesch, Associate Professor of Political Science