Summer Honors offers unique activities for high school students

February 28 2008

High school students taking part in Summer Honors 2008, scheduled for July 20-26 at Indiana State University will be active participants in activities they won’t find at a typical summer college program.

Courses include activities that range from flying an actual aircraft, using forensics to create a clay model of a human head, or examining the connection between politics and global warming. Students will work alongside some of the same professors they will later learn from and conduct research with if they chose to pursue their college degree at Indiana State.

“We've selected the very best topics from more than 40 proposals that were submitted by members of the ISU academic community. We have engaged only those instructors who are passionate about teaching and exploring in ways that are not typical,” John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications, said.

“Summer Honors will appeal to those who want something more than the usual summer course. We expect all those who choose to participate to come away with a feeling of accomplishment and a hunger for discovery. This program isn't for the passive observer. This is real stuff for those who are restless to learn and be involved,” Beacon said.

The 2008 edition of Summer Honors will be the most ambitious in the 40-year history of the ISU program for talented high school students. The week-long program will wrap up with presentations and demonstrations before fellow students and parents. Along the way, there will be opportunities for student interaction with one another in activities that will be planned around fun and engagement.

“I'm really excited about the diversity of our courses. There are lots of hands-on opportunities that allow students to immerse themselves in a variety of topics that line up with student interests and career aspirations,” said Greg Bierly, director of the university honors program.

Students can chose from a variety of sessions, covering such topics as aviation, forensic facial reconstruction, political science, communications, music, art, photography and graphic design, Latino culture, history, life sciences, journalism, athletic training, engineering physics, economics, interior architecture/design and health careers with a focus on nursing, social work and public health educators.

To learn more about the sessions offered, go to .

Summer Honors is open to students in the high school classes of 2009, 2010 and 2011 who rank in the upper 25 percent of their class; have maintained a “B” average; or are recommended by a teacher, counselor or principal.

"We have a group of faculty members who are very engaging and are excited about working with this particular age group. Their excitement about their research and subject matter will come through in students' experiences,” Bierly said.

Summer Honors participants can earn one semester hour of credit that may be applied to a degree at Indiana State or transferred to select universities.

In addition, those who complete Summer Honors and graduate from high school with at least a B average will be eligible to earn a scholarship to Indiana State.

Fees for this year’s program are $300, which includes tuition, room and board. Limited financial assistance of up to $100 is available for those who demonstrate need or satisfy other criteria.

Applicants are asked not to send payments with their registrations. Instead, fees will be due upon the student’s acceptance into the program. For more information, or to apply online, go to or contact the ISU Office of Admissions at 1-800-GO-TO-ISU (800-468-6478) or 812-237-2121.

Contact: Jennifer Mullen, assistant director of admissions, 812-237-2121 or

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or

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High school students taking part in Summer Honors 2008 at Indiana State University will be active participants in activities they won't find at a typical summer college program. Summer Honors is open to students who will be high school sophomores, juniors and seniors this fall. Summer Honors 2008 is the most ambitious in the program's 40-year history.

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