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UChicago Immersion

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Summer Immersion Programs for High School Students

Immerse yourself in one of your passions, and take advantage of the rich educational resources offered by the University and the city of Chicago through our Summer Immersion programs for high school students. In these undergraduate-level courses, you will get personalized attention from faculty, researchers, and other professionals who will lead you through labs, workshop discussions, field observations, research projects, and other hands-on activities.

“The biggest advantage of this program is its caliber in teaching. The depth and style of teaching was perfect, keeping a perfect balance of serious work and an exciting atmosphere. Despite having to read tons and writing an essay, I was still eager to jump out of bed and dash into class.”

Lawrence X., Western Academy of Beijing, Beijing, China

“I plan on going to law school, so the Law and Litigation course gave me a good insight into what my future career may be like. Visiting the courthouses, participating in mock trials, and having a prestigious lawyer teach the class really allowed us to see into our possible future profession.”

Adam B., Charles Henderson High School, Troy, AL

In UChicago Immersion courses, you can:

  • Test the theory of stellar structure by collecting your own data about the masses, sizes, and luminosities of stars
  • Determine the rate of resistance in a particular strain of bacteria
  • Cross-examine witnesses and present closing arguments in a full-length mock trial
  • Design and execute your own psychological research experiment on how actual children think, speak, or make ethical choices

Whether you’re looking for creative writing workshops, preview courses in psychology, or a summer law program for high school students, the University of Chicago’s summer immersion courses offer students the opportunity to explore a topic of their interest in-depth

Students interested in the Collegiate Writing or Contagion courses may also be interested in the Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars program.

Session I: Orientation June 16-17; classes meet June 18 to July 5, 2018; MTWRF daily schedule varies

Session II: Orientation July 7-8; classes meet July 9 to July 26, 2018; MTWRF daily schedule varies

Course(s)

American Law and Litigation

Explore how the American legal system operates, and hone your critical thinking skills through extensive reading and analysis, as you learn to think like a litigator. After an overview of how the American common law system developed into the court structure that exists today, you will read the full text of actual U.S. landmark Constitutional cases, while learning how to decipher legal terminology and to conduct legal analysis.

Session(s)

Session I

American Law and Litigation

Explore how the American legal system operates, and hone your critical thinking skills through extensive reading and analysis, as you learn to think like a litigator. After an overview of how the American common law system developed into the court structure that exists today, you will read the full text of actual U.S. landmark Constitutional cases, while learning how to decipher legal terminology and to conduct legal analysis.

Session(s)

Session II

Biotechnology for the 21st Century

This course is designed to provide a stimulating introduction to the world of biotechnology. Starting with an overview of the basic concepts of molecular biology and genetics that serve as a foundation for biotechnology, the course will segue into the various applied fields of biotechnology. Lectures and some of the corresponding hands on experiments will include microbial biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, biofuels, cloning, bioremediation, medical biotechnology, DNA fingerprinting and forensics.

Session(s)

Session II

Biotechnology for the 21st Century

This course is designed to provide a stimulating introduction to the world of biotechnology. Starting with an overview of the basic concepts of molecular biology and genetics that serve as a foundation for biotechnology, the course will segue into the various applied fields of biotechnology. Lectures and some of the corresponding hands on experiments will include microbial biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, biofuels, cloning, bioremediation, medical biotechnology, DNA fingerprinting and forensics.

Session(s)

Session I

Collegiate Writing: Awakening into Consciousness

How might we, as individuals and societies, sometimes remain unaware or ignorant? How can our lives – psychological, social, political, and spiritual – be reshaped by awakening from this lack of awareness? What does it mean to achieve true consciousness? This intensive course in analytical writing at the collegiate level will offer a chance to think through these questions and to craft rhetorically-effective essays that explore the enduring struggle to understand what it means for us to awaken into consciousness.

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Session II

Contagion: Infectious Agents & Diseases

Zika, Ebola, HIV, SARS…in our increasingly globalized and mobile world, infectious diseases can emerge and spread faster than ever before, making epidemics, even pandemics, a real possibility.  That, together with increasing antibiotic resistance, makes understanding where these threats come from and how we can control their spread one of the most urgent issues of our time.  In this three-week course, students will learn about the origin, biology, and evolution of some of the most feared viruses, such as Ebola, HIV, and Influenza, and lethal bacteria such as E.

Session(s)

Session II

Creative Writing

This workshop helps students find their writing voice through a series of creative exercises in fiction, and also in non-fiction and poetry. By the end of the course, each student produces several significant pieces of writing. Daily sessions begin with discussions of reading, followed by afternoon workshops in which students write, revise, and discuss their peers' work. Students have the opportunity to meet several working writers in different fields through in-class visits.  Students write in and out of the classroom and complete daily reading assignments.

Session(s)

Session II

Developmental Psychology: Theories and Techniques

In just a few short years, infants go from helpless beings who cannot even hold their heads up to walking, talking, thinking people who are able to understand complex games, infer intentions in others, and even engage in reflexive thought (i.e., thinking about thinking). In this class, we will explore this transition by studying major theories of developmental psychology, examining how the mind (and correspondingly, the brain) changes from infancy through adolescence.

Session(s)

Session I

Economics from an Experimental Perspective

A growing field in which the University of Chicago has been a leader, experimental economics uses experimental methods – observing everyday interactions and decisions made by people either in the lab or in the field -- to explore economic questions ranging from how markets and other exchange systems work to what motivates people to make decisions about matters such as conserving environmental resources or donating to charitable causes.

Session(s)

Session II

Life in the Universe & The Laws of Physics

This course treats our current understanding of the role that the laws of physics play in the development, existence, persistence, and prevalence of life in the universe. Starting with the big bang theory, we will explore how the laws of physics guided the evolution of the universe through the processes most likely to have produced life on earth as it exists today.

Session(s)

Session I