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OHIO offers summer programs for high school students

For many high school students, summer is more than a time to tan and rack up hours at their part time jobs. For some, the summer offers an ideal time to get a jump-start on their college experience.

Ohio University offers three summer programs for high school students targeting a variety of interests. The programs are OHIO's Summer Honors Academy; the Pills, Potions and Poisons program, jointly sponsored by OHIO's Department of Chemistry and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy; and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism summer workshop.

Each program gives participants a chance to get a leg up on college and further develop their interests in your prospective career path at a low price.

Summer Honors Academy

This program is made for students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior years in high school that are looking to get a taste of what college is really like  The program is held at Ohio University’s Athens campus June 18-July 22. Students have the option to commute or live on campus in a residence hall.

The Summer Honors Academy begins with an online orientation session that students complete with their parents, and afterward register for summer classes.

Participants take either two or three regular Ohio University classes during the program and choose from several Exploration Seminars where they learn about college applications, majors and related careers. Participants will spend a lot of time with University student mentors, who lead out-of-class activities and are readily available to students.

Applications for this program are due May 6, and detailed instructions regarding the registration process can be found on the Summer Honors Academy website.

Pills, Potions and Poisons*

The Pills, Potions and Poisons program is a perfect fit for those interested in pharmacology and chemistry. The program is June 27 through July 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in Clippinger Hall at the Athens campus.

High school sophomores through seniors interested in science, especially medical sciences, are encouraged to apply. Recent graduates can apply as well.

Students will participate in and learn through discussion, debate, games, laboratory visits, field trips and hands-on experiments. All parents and teachers  are invited to attend the final day when participants present their findings in a special showcase.

Pills, Potions and Poisons is not an overnight program. Students should provide their own transportation to and from the Ohio University Athens campus each day. To apply, interested students should complete the application packet by April 18.  Further instructions and information can be found on the program website*

High School Journalism Workshop

The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism's summer program is offered to juniors and seniors in high school and students can earn college credit. The High School Journalism Workshop is June 23-25 on the University's Athens campus.

Interested students will choose their track of interest from online, print or broadcast journalism and take part in sessions concentrating on their topic. Participants will attend general sessions covering topics such as journalism trends, legal issues and careers. Finally, students will work as part of a team to report and produce news as part of a converged newsroom.

Participants receive feedback from the Scripps faculty and develop useful contacts to use in their collegiate career and beyond.

The workshop fee includes room and board on the Athens campus in residence hall for two and a half days, and all necessary materials. The workshop fee is the same if a student wishes to commute
Registration is open until June 11. For additional information, visit the journalism summer workshop website.

These three programs, although very different in content, are all useful learning experiences. 

OHIO's summer programs are beneficial opportunities that give students a chance to pursue their interests while extensively learning both inside and outside of the classroom.

Ohio University 2011 Summer Programs at a glance:

OHIO's Summer Honors Academy (June 18-July 22)

Applications are due May 6

Pills, Potions, and Poisons* (June 27-July 2)

Applications are due April 18

High School Journalism Workshop (June 23-25)

Registration is open until June 11

Related Links

Summer Honors Academy Pills, Potions and Poisons* High School Journalism Workshop

Additional Info

*Following this link takes you away from the Ohio University website.