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Clarke University Summer Scholarly Projects

Apply by April 15, 2022!

Applications must be received by April 15, 2022 for consideration. Selected applicants will be invited by May 2 and will have until May 15 to accept or decline the offer.

There is no cost for participation in the Summer Scholarly Projects.

Apply today!

The 2022 Clarke University Summer Scholarly Projects are designed to expose high achieving junior and senior high school students to the world of scholarly engagement with faculty in respective areas of expertise.

Students will be able to work one-on-one or in a small group with other high school and Clarke University students with faculty guidance and engagement on a scholarly project. Academic areas of interest are Biology, Computer Science, Math, and Music.

Participants must be high school juniors and seniors.

Game Development with Virtual Reality

Professor Josh Moris, Computer Science


July 11-15, 2022
Up to six high school students will be chosen
Noon – 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Overview
Gaming Development with Virtual Reality introduces students to video game development and user experience in virtual reality. The development team will research and identify virtual reality interactions and develop virtual environments for future student projects. User experience will be tested and adjusted as needed by the development team prior to delivering the final solution.

Project Details
Students will meet Monday-Friday July 11-15, 2022 from noon–4 p.m. They will practice sample prototyping, game development, and user experience testing. Students will have the opportunity to return to Clarke campus on September 18 to present their projects to their families, friends, high school teachers, and members of the Clarke community.

Applicants must meet the following criteria
Student must be enrolled in or completed a computer science course. Interest in art design and/or computer programming is desirable.

Applicants must submit an application, including a brief statement of interest.

Applications must be received by April 15, 2022 for consideration. Selected applicants will be invited by May 2 and will have until May 15 to accept or decline the offer.

Music Composition

Dr. Amy Dunker, Music

August 1-5, 2022
Six to eight high school students will be chosen
9 a.m. – Noon

Cost: FREE

Overview
Creativity and the arts are rapidly being added to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), creating STEAM. It is now recognized that skill without imagination and creativity leaves a void in a student’s employability and leadership ability. Music composition is a field that joins skill (music theory, orchestration and arranging) and technology (computers, software and audio equipment) with creativity.

Project Details
Students will participate in a week-long seminar, Monday-Friday August 1-5, 2022 from 9 a.m.-noon. They will compose works for Clarke University faculty and students to perform in a September recital with guest artists (students, faculty, alumni, friends, and alumni) as available. Students will have the opportunity to return to Clarke campus on September 18 to present their projects to their families, friends, high school teachers, and members of the Clarke community.

Applicants must meet the following criteria
Student must have music interest and experience.

Applicants must submit an application, including a brief statement of interest.

Applications must be received by April 15, 2022 for consideration. Selected applicants will be invited by May 2 and will have until May 15 to accept or decline the offer.

Special Dissection: Head and Neck

Dr. Michelle Slover, Biology

August 1-5, 2022
Two to four high school students will be chosen
10 a.m. – Noon
Cost: FREE

Overview
Special dissection of the head and neck will be performed in Clarke University’s cadaver lab. Dissection techniques will be taught along with key head and neck structures, including but not limited to the muscles of mastication, branches of the external carotid artery and suprahyoid muscles. Ideally, these prosections involving neck muscles and the muscles of mastication will be used as models in biology anatomy lab classes.

Project Details
Students will meet Monday-Friday August 1-5, 2022 from 10 a.m.–noon. Students will have the opportunity to return to Clarke campus on September 18 to present their projects to their families, friends, high school teachers, and members of the Clarke community.

Applicants must meet the following criteria
Student must have successfully completed an A&P course. Applicants must also possess a high level of maturity and excellent fine motor skills.

Applicants must submit an application, including a brief statement of interest, and a letter of recommendation from their high school A&P instructor submitted to carrie.kirk@clarke.edu. Students selected must be willing to follow all lab safety protocols.

Applications must be received by April 15, 2022 for consideration. Selected applicants will be invited by May 2 and will have until May 15 to accept or decline the offer.

An Exploration of Graph Theory

Dr. O’Neill Kingston, Math


June 13-17, 2022
Two to four high school students will be chosen
9 a.m. – Noon
Cost: FREE

Overview
As one of the newer areas of mathematical interest, graph theory is notable for its accessibility and surprising connections to more traditional fields of study. With applications ranging from the study of data structures in computer science to the modeling of ecological systems, graph theory represents a compelling entryway to the modern practice of mathematics for students with just about any existing interests.

Project Details
Students will meet Monday-Friday June 13-17, 2022 from 9 a.m.–noon. They will engage in a collaborative exploration of the fundamental ideas of graph theory. They will then dive deeper into a specific question. Possibilities include topics in network theory, graph games and algorithms, or graph decompositions and geometry. Students will prepare a group presentation on the topic to develop their mathematical communication skills. Students will have the opportunity to return to Clarke campus on September 18 to present their projects to their families, friends, high school teachers, and members of the Clarke community.

Applicants must meet the following criteria

Applicants must submit an application, including a brief statement of interest and the name and contact information for a current or former teacher to serve as a reference.

Applications must be received by April 15, 2022 for consideration. Selected applicants will be invited by May 2 and will have until May 15 to accept or decline the offer.