Deadline approaches for 2012 Summer Honors Institute

Application deadline is April 2 for the 2012 Summer Honors Institute at Youngstown Sate University.

The Institute, which is designed for gifted high school students, will be June 18 through 22 on the YSU campus.

Students acting out Harry Potter characters during the Harry Potter course of YSU's Summer Honors Institute.

High school students who participated in the Harry Potter course at last year's Summer Honors Institute.

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, International Business, Harry Potter, Geocaching, Healthcare in the 21st Century, Documentary Filmmaking, Acting Improvisation and Game Theory.

Participants spend Monday through Thursday immersed in classes and hands-on, active learning experiences. 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 to friends, family members and guests.

To participate, a student must be formally identified as gifted and talented. Students who have completed 10th and 11th grade in June 2012 are eligible to apply. There is a $35 (nonrefundable) fee to cover the student lunches for the week. The Institute is non-residential.  Parking is available in university lots at a cost of $5 per day. There are limited spaces remaining in some courses.

Application packets and course descriptions are available on the Youngstown State University Scholars and Honors Program website.

Donations can be made to help fund future Summer Honors Institutes by contacting the YSU Development Office at 330-941-3119. For more information, contact Institute Director Amy Cossentino at or Program Assistant Sharyn Fees at