Deadline approaches for Summer Honors Institute at YSU

summer honors institute_shiGifted and talented high school students are invited to attend the 2014 Summer Honors Institute the week of June 16 at Youngstown State University.

For the second year, participants will have the option to reside on campus for the week to extend their learning beyond the classroom.

SHI participants attend a variety of courses and hands-on activities in a wide range of disciplines taught by university professors and area school educators. Among the courses:

Potato Cannon, Entrepreneurship, Crime Scene Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Harry Potter, Healthcare in the 21st Century and Acting Improvisation. New classes this year included Engineering: Rapid Prototyping, Musical Theater, Law, and Finance.

Participants spend Monday through Thursday immersed in two classes – one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. They engage in hands-on, active learning experiences exposing them to concepts and ideas not available in high school. Lunchtime consists of activities for social and personal enrichment. On Friday, students participate in learning activities in the morning and are provided information about YSU majors and services during a college fair. The week concludes with an afternoon Friday celebration where participants demonstrate what they learned in their courses.

Participants must be formally identified as gifted and talented and must be in the 10th and 11th grade during the 2013-14 academic year. There is a nonrefundable $75 fee to cover student lunches for the week. Parking is available in university lots at the daily rate.

Cost of the residential component is $350, which includes meals, room and linens. Structured learning activities will be conducted each night.

Applications packets and course descriptions are available at Deadline is March 7.

Donations can be made to help fund future Summer Honors Institutes by contacting the YSU Development Office at 330-941-3119.

For more information about SHI, contact Institute Director Amy Cossentino at or Program Assistant Sharyn Fees at

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