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Frequently Asked Questions

Clarke University Summer Scholarly Projects

Apply by May 1!

Selected applicants will be invited by May 15th, and will have until May 29th to accept or decline the offer.

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

Clarke University’s Summer Scholarly Projects have been canceled due to the growing concerns of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

 

The 2020 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, Psychology, and Music.

Participants must be entering junior or senior high school in fall 2020.

Altering Gene Expression in Human Ocular Cells

June 8-12
(Up to four high school students will be chosen)
9 a.m. – Noon in the Marie Miske Center for Science Inquiry
Cost: FREE

Glaucoma is a major cause of blindness affecting more than 2 million Americans. Glaucoma associated blindness is often caused by a build-up of fluid pressure within the eye. Therapeutic agents currently used in the management of ocular pressure include prostaglandin analog drugs, which unfortunately are not fully characterized and have unwanted side effects. To better understand how these drugs affect the eye, we analyze changes in gene expression in ocular cells following drug exposure. As part of this project, students will learn how to culture human eye cells, treat cells with prostaglandin analog drugs, and analyze the expression of target genes using microscopic and molecular detection techniques.

Must be an entering junior or senior high school student fall 2020.

Applicants are requested to submit an application including a brief statement of interest.

Past and Social Comparisons: A Psychological Study

June 15, 17, 22, 29 and July 1, 6, 8
(Up to two high school students will be chosen)
June 15 9 a.m. – Noon
June 17, 22, 29 and July 1, 6 10 a.m.-Noon
July 8 9 a.m.-Noon
Cost: FREE

In order to evaluate themselves, people often compare their current self to other people (social comparison) or to their past self (temporal comparison). Social psychologists have proposed that older adults will more frequently engage in temporal comparisons, whereas younger adults will prefer social comparisons (Suls & Mullen, 1984). This project will examine people’s overall tendencies to compare with other people and with their past self among various age groups using an online survey. In this research project, students will learn about online survey platforms and conducting psychological research online, receive training on coding qualitative data, and collaborate with faculty to analyze data.

The full project will take place over four weeks beginning the week of June 15th. Students will meet with the faculty advisor once or twice each week in the morning for two to three hour blocks.

Must be an entering junior or senior high school student fall 2020.

Applicants are requested to submit an application including a brief statement of interest.

Special Dissection: Human Head and Neck

August 3-7
(Up to four high school students will be chosen)
10 a.m. – Noon
Cost: FREE

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. Students will participate in an intense week of dissection focusing on the head and neck. Ideally, these dissections involving neck muscles and the muscles of mastication will be used as models in biology anatomy lab classes.

Must be an entering junior or senior high school student fall 2020, and have successfully completed an A&P course in high school. Applicants must also possess a high level of maturity and excellent fine motor skills.

Applicants are requested to submit an application including a brief statement of interest. A letter of recommendation from their high school A&P instructor is required. Students selected must be willing to follow all lab safety protocols.

Music Theory and Composition

August 3-7
(Up to six high school students will be chosen)
9 a.m. – Noon
Cost: FREE

Creativity and the arts are rapidly being added to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) creating STEAM. It is now being recognized that skill without imagination and creativity leaves a void in a student’s skill set, 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.

Students will participate in a week-long seminar. They will compose works for Clarke University faculty and students to perform on a September recital with guest artists (students, faculty, alumni, friends and former students) as available. Students will complete one work for performance on a September public recital.

Must be an entering junior or senior high school student fall 2020 with music interest and experience.

Applicants are requested to submit an application including a brief statement of interest.