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Course Selections for Scholarship Programs

Students applying to Emerging Rural Leaders II, Latin American Phoenix Scholars, Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars, UWC Global Academy, or Woodson Summer Scholars, may select from the following course selections.

You must select more than one course for your application, and you will be asked to elaborate why you’ve selected each of the courses. The order in which you select the courses will be considered your order of preference. Each student will be assigned to only one course.

“The class I was enrolled in was based upon student inquiry and required me to not just read the material, but to actually think about and apply it, which I had never done before. This allowed me to appreciate reading and thinking in a new light.”

Christian P., Neubauer Summer Scholars Student, 2018

Freedom of Expression and the Politics of Social Media

Freedom of Expression and the Politics of Social Media

Social media presents a variety of current case studies in which to examine the tensions between freedom expression, private industry, and government regulation. The tensions exhibit in elections, politics, schools, employment, and our personal lives as we and social media companies learn to navigate this new landscape. This course explores the complexities of these issues from a basis in the theory, principles, and practices of free expression and their very tangible manifestations in personal, professional, and civic contexts. Students will read classical and current texts on freedom of expression, examine case law in free speech, and explore current controversies and statements and policies of social media organizations. At the same time, students will participate in a simulation of Congressional Hearings on social media regulations. Assuming roles as Senators, journalists, lobbyists, and leaders of social media organizations, students will actively bring their learning into practice by navigating the world of social media, politics, and policies.                               

Daily Course Expectations:

  • Monday – Friday, 6 hours of daily work
  • Mix of synchronous and asynchronous work 
  • Required synchronous sessions Monday through Friday: 9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. CST

Course Code: PARR 11600 96

Instructor: Leila Brammer

Course Dates: 6/13- 6/30

Pathways in Molecular Engineering

Pathways in Molecular Engineering     

The emerging field of Molecular Engineering brings together concepts from chemical and mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, and nanotechnology to innovate across a wide range of areas, such as energy storage and harvesting, water purification, and manufacturing electronic, biomedical, and mechanical devices. Molecular engineers may build new materials or objects from the molecule up, or even create new molecules that do not exist in nature. This course will provide an overview of the basic components of engineering -- design principles, modeling, and optimization -- as they can be applied at the molecular level in order to address real-world problems. In addition to lectures, discussions, and labs, students will have the opportunity to use super computers to create models which will inform their optimization efforts. Students will also tour Argonne National Labs, where they will hear about the research being done there in areas such as nanofabrication and quantum mechanics. Overall, the program will lead participants beyond the boundaries of traditional scientific disciplines into the intersection of physical, chemical, computational, and engineering sciences – the forefront of technological problem-solving – so that they are able to engage in the lateral, multi-disciplinary thinking that is required to solve some of the most fundamental problems facing society today.

Daily Course Expectations:

  • Monday – Friday, 6 hours of daily work
  • Mix of synchronous and asynchronous work
  • Required synchronous sessions Monday through Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. CST

Course Code: MENG 10100 96

Instructor:  Xiaoying Liu, Aaron Esser-Khan, Shrayesh Patel

Course Dates: 6/13- 6/30

Revolution And Resistance In The Modern World 

Revolution and Resistance in the Modern World 

This course introduces students to the history and theory of rebellion, revolt, and resistance. From peasant rebellions to urban uprisings, from heretical movements to nationalist struggles, the course examines how communities resisted and negotiated structures of power, be they bureaucratic, religious, social, or political. In doing so, we will learn about the context in which these events occurred and encounter the people who led and made up these movements- women and men, mystics and soldiers, farmers and artisans, teachers and journalists. We will trace the changes that occurred to the nature of resistance across time and space, whether through swords and muskets on the streets of Paris and Istanbul in the early modern period, or through print journalism and secret meetings in Cairo and London in the modern period.

Daily Course Expectations:

  • Monday – Friday, 6 hours of daily work
  • Mix of synchronous and asynchronous work 
  • Required synchronous sessions Monday through Friday: 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Course Code: SOSC 25311 96

Instructors: Basil Salem

Course Dates: 6/13- 6/30

Science, Technology, and the Body

Science, Technology, and the Body

How do new frontiers in science, medicine, and technology impact how we understand what bodies are, what they are becoming, and how they relate to each other? How does culture take up these concepts across time and reflect them back? During this three-week course, we will touch on a variety of issues this question raises, ranging from dolls to robots, machine learning to virtual communities, and from pharmaceuticals to family-making. This course is an introduction to examining science and technology fields through the lens of humanities and social sciences. While many institutions simply teach STEM fields as ends in themselves, this course is based on the premise that it is just as important to think about the effects, consequences, desirability, and ethics of new techno-scientific capabilities. Whether students are aiming for college careers in the sciences, the humanities, or both, this course will expose them to a diverse range of questions raised by such innovations. It will also prepare them to be critically thoughtful global citizens building a more desirable future.

Some key thematic questions include:

-What is personhood, and what does "belonging" mean? What are the boundaries of the human body and human society, and how do these relate to the non-human world?

- How do we know things, and what kinds of knowing have cultural authority? Whose perspectives and interests do these kinds of knowledge represent?

- In what ways are the ideas of connection and disconnection changed using science and technology? What aspects do physical bodies, aggregate data, and virtual communities share?

- How does culture reflect and understand these concepts?

Daily Course Expectations:

  • Monday – Friday, 6 hours of daily work
  • Mix of synchronous and asynchronous work
  • Required synchronous sessions Monday through Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. CST

Course Code: GNSE 10002 96

Instructors:  Bill Hutchison, Marissa Fenley

Course Dates: 6/13- 6/30

The Biochemistry of Nutrition

The Biochemistry of Nutrition

This course will examine essential nutrients and their biochemical function in terms of energy, tissue structure, and regulation. While the class sessions will focus on the chemistry of the utilization of these nutrients, students will not be expected to master the chemical nature of the descriptions. Rather, the chemistry is used as a basis for understanding these nutrients. Using this knowledge, the course will explore the nature of nutritional dysregulation, and how it leads to metabolic or physiologic abnormalities, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Finally, students will be expected to take advantage of what has been learned to evaluate some of the popular diets suggested for dealing with these abnormalities, while restoring normal physiology. Students will be assigned homework projects, which will be presented to their classmates.

Students must have completed one year of Chemistry to be eligible for this course. 

Daily Course Expectations:

  • Monday – Friday, 6 hours of daily work
  • Mix of synchronous and asynchronous work 
  • Required synchronous sessions Monday through Friday: 9:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. CST

Course Code: BIOS 10015 96

Instructor: Godfrey Getz

Course Dates: 6/13- 6/30

The Rise and Persistence of “The Top 1%”: The Sociology of Economic Advantage

The Rise and Persistence of “The Top 1%”: The Sociology of Economic Advantage

In many parts of the world, socioeconomic inequality has been on the rise for several decades. Within these countries, the wealth, resources, and power of “the Top 1%” seems to be reaching unparalleled levels. Who comprises this “elite”? How does an individual attain this status? How do they perform and reproduce their status in society? What role can (and should) the members of such an elite play in society? How might all of this be changing in the 21st century? This course explores these questions by turning our sociological lenses on those who are advantaged in structures of equality, and how they acquire, claim, and amass power and resources. Throughout the course, students will learn how to critically read social theory, draw on sociological concepts to debate real world dilemmas, and form their own nuanced and informed opinions

Daily Course Expectations:

  • Monday – Friday, 6 hours of daily work
  • Mix of synchronous and asynchronous work 
  • Required synchronous sessions Monday through Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. CST

Course Code: SOSC 25314 96

Instructors: Ewurama Okai

Course Dates: 6/13- 6/30