The University of Lynchburg’s 2024 Summer Scholars Institute will take place on campus from June 16-21. The weeklong, hands-on college prep course offers four exciting tracks for rising ninth-through-12th graders interested in the health sciences, security studies, cultural history and archaeology, or entrepreneurship.
Space is limited, so students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The cost for the day camp is $499, which includes a T-shirt and daily lunch. The cost for the residential camp is $975, including a T-shirt, overnight accommodations, all meals, and a closing banquet.
The daily schedule features seminar-style instruction by experts in the field as well as practical experiences. Fun activities and field trips with other scholars make for an unforgettable week, says program coordinator Stefanie Copp.
“The week [last year] provided such a range of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom,” she said. “From being in the cadaver lab to sitting around the campfire, students were able to make connections with peers and field experts to help them on their journey forward.”
Copp added that Summer Scholars is much more than “an immersive content experience where students can learn more about the topic and shape their decisions about future study.”
Just as importantly, she said, “they’re fully immersed in the college campus experience. Living in dorms, eating in the dining hall, attending classes taught by professors, and enjoying the campus social life allows students a sneak peek of what being a college student will be like.”
Participants can choose from one of four tracks:
- Health Sciences: Scholars will get hands-on experience in athletic training, biology, exercise physiology, health and recreation law, neuroscience, nursing, PA medicine, physical therapy, public health/health promotion, and sport management. Register here.
- “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It: Making The 21st Century Safer And Survivable”: Scholars learn all about security, anti-terrorism, climate resilience, and public safety. This track is ideal for those interested in security studies — a discipline that combines international relations, communications, geography, criminology, and military studies. Register here.
- Cultural Histories and Archaeologies of Lynchburg: Discover local history at Historic Sandusky! In this track, scholars get a feel for what it’s like to — literally — unearth the city’s past with expert archaeologists and historians. Register here.
- Explore Entrepreneurship: Scholars will tour a local business and makerspace, meet with entrepreneurs, assess their own knack for business and entrepreneurship, and develop and pitch an entrepreneurial idea. Register here.