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Summer Honors offers unique activities for high school seniors

February 9, 2009

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- High school students looking for a unique summer experience are encouraged to sign up early for Summer Honors 2009 at Indiana State University.

Students 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, planning and implementing learning activities for children to analyzing chemical compounds. 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.

"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," Greg Bierly, director of the university honors program, said.

Last year, many sessions filled up in a matter of weeks following a major overhaul of the program to provide even more hands-on experiences and opportunities for students in a high-energy learning environment.

The most popular tracks are back for this year's week-long program, scheduled for July 26-Aug. 2, along with some new offerings.

Students can chose from a variety of sessions, covering such topics as aviation, elementary education, forensic facial reconstruction, political science, photography, painting, graphic design, history, life sciences, journalism, athletic training, astronomy/astrophysics, computer aided design, nursing/social work, and interior architecture/design.

To learn more about the sessions offered, go to .

Summer Honors is open to high school students who are ranked 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 $1000 scholarship to Indiana State.

Fees for this year's program are $350, which includes tuition, room and board. There is an additional cost of $75 for the aviation seminar to cover flight costs. Children of ISU alumni are eligible for a $100 scholarship toward the cost of the program and a limited number of mini-scholarships are available based on financial need.

Applicants are asked not to send payments with their applications. 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 (1-800-468-6478) 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