Summer Honors Institute

Gifted Ohio Students Have Chance to Earn College Credit | March 17, 2009


Xavier University’s Summer Honors Institute is a residential program from July 5 - 18 that lets gifted Ohio high school students take a course from Xavier’s strongest academic programs and earn three college credits. Credits may be applied towards degrees earned at Xavier as well as other colleges and universities. Students wishing to apply credits to colleges other than Xavier should contact that admission office. The deadline to apply is April 10. For more details or to apply online to Xavier’s Summer Honors Institute: 
Students will live in a Xavier residence hall, eat on campus and have full access to all the amenities available to Xavier students. They will participate in extracurricular activities like a campus scavenger hunt and talent show, and trips to local attractions.
Participants must be Ohio residents classified as gifted who have completed their freshman or sophomore year.  The $500 cost covers residential and extracurricular expenses.  Tuition, book, and course field trip costs are paid through a grant from the Ohio Department of Education. Not included are personal expenses, such as long distance or spending money. A limited number of scholarships will be distributed on the basis of need or minority status and considered in order of their submission.
2009 Course Offerings: 
Ecology and Human Affairs: This will focus on the ecological principles and human aspects of ecology that underlie the critical environmental issues affecting the world today.  Field trips include local forests, a local stream, and Cincinnati's natural history museum, as well as hands-on laboratory exercises on campus.  The course will include a day dedicated to issues of environmental justice, including a tour of a Cincinnati neighborhood where environmental justice issues are widespread. It will be taught by Dr. Brent Blair, whose research interests are in the area of plant ecology and the impact of disturbances on forested ecosystems.
Computation and the Information Age: The focus will be on several key questions to understand technology in the Information Age. It will be taught by Dr. Gary Lewandowski, whose research interests include: parallel and distributed computing, including applications to real-world problems; computational biology; and computer science education, including novice programmers. Dr. Lewandowski has served as principal investigator on two National Science Foundation grants.
Justice in America: An Ohio Rendition: The focus is on the criminal justice system in America.  Students will gain hands-on knowledge into various law enforcement practices, court decision-making processes, criminalistics/forensic science lab experiences, and detention /confinement solutions.  Field trips go to the Hamilton County Courthouse, Coroner's Office and Detention Center, and the Citizens' Police Academy. Dr. Jack Richardson and Dr. Kam Wong will teach. Wong’s expertise is in comparative policing, People’s Republic of China criminal law and criminal process, Homeland Security – USA Patriot Act.
Philosophical Dialogue and Drama: This will introduce students to philosophical questions and concepts as presented in Plato's dialogues and films with strong philosophical content.  The issues will be ethical and political.  If an appropriate play is scheduled to be presented during the timeframe of the institute, a field trip will be made to a stage performance in the Cincinnati area. Dr. Richard Polt’s main interests are the metaphysical and ethical problems of Greek and German philosophy. He has taught elective courses on a variety of topics, including Plato, Aristotle, Kant, German idealism, existentialism, slavery, time, and Heidegger.
Spoken Word, World Poetry: This will examine the explosion of contemporary poetic practices in the Americas, focusing on the popular and diverse spoken word scene.  Students will visit the Greenwich Tavern in Cincinnati to hear spoken word and traditional poetry.  Dr. Tyrone Williams teaches literature, literary theory and creative writing and is widely published. Williams is currently circulating his manuscript on hip-hop culture, "Hip-Hop and The Public," working on a book on intellectual property and the arts, "Quotation and Modern Art," and completing another book of poetry for the avant-garde publisher Atelos Books.