Summer Academy

Health & Medicine – COMU 096

Description: This innovative program exposes students to the fascinating world of modern medicine and bioscience through active learning in labs, lectures, demonstrations, and hospital visits. Students will learn in the University of Vermont College of Medicine academic facilities including the Clinical Simulation Laboratory where they will perform virtual medical procedures. Experts in genomics, cancer research, medicine, nursing, and allied health practice will engage with students on the latest advances in their fields. Students will interact with clinical and scientific faculty who train the University of Vermont medical students in the College of Medicine, known for being one of the most competitive and successful medical schools in the country. This program helps students discover their interests, learn about the latest advances in bioscience and molecular medicine, and develop an understanding of diverse medical and health science career paths that might be right for them.

Co-Instructor: Sharon Mount, M.D. (bio)

Co-Instructor: Juli-Anne Gardner (bio)

Course Material Fee: $75


Biomedical Science and Human Disease – HLTH 095 

Description: In this introductory course, students will expand on the knowledge learned in high school biology and chemistry to explore the biomedical sciences including Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Genetics, Clinical Biochemistry, and Hematology. Interactive lectures and laboratory exercises are focused on the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of human disease. Students will investigate and solve cases related to Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer.  Hands on activities include testing to identify pathological microorganisms from a wound sample and to determine the appropriate course of antibiotic treatment; examining blood and urine samples both biochemically and microscopically; isolating and analyzing the chromosomes and DNA from normal and cancer cells and much more!

Instructor: Koela Ray, M.S. (bio)

Course Material Fee: TBA


Using Drones to Map, Monitor and Measure our Changing Landscape – NR 095

Description: This course will study Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones.  UAS or drones, have provided us with new ways to map, monitor, and measure our changing landscape. Drones are relatively inexpensive, easy to operate, and can deploy rapidly. Advances in digital image processing allow one to go from flying a drone to working with accurate maps and 3D models in a matter of hours. These factors make drones ideal for many applications in which speed, accuracy, resolution, cost, and timeliness are key factors. In this course, you will learn how to operate drones and process drone data to in support of environmental mapping and monitoring. Example case studies will be used. The course consists of five sections:

The goal of this course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of drone technology and how it can be applied for environmental assessment. The course is technical in nature but is designed to be accessible to anyone who has an interest in drones and environmental mapping. Technologies students will be exposed to include: drone platforms, drone sensors, flight planning software, image processing software, desktop Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and web mapping. Students will work closely with members of the University of Vermont UAS Team, one of the most experienced drone groups in the United States.

Instructor: Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne (bio)

Course Material Fee: $99


Shakespeare in Practice – THE 095

Train with teaching artists of The Vermont Shakespeare Festival, a professional theater that works in collaboration with the Department of Theatre at UVM. This course utilizes Shakespeare’s MACBETH as a framework for full-bodied actor training including Technique, Movement, Voice and Speech, and Intro to Theatre Production/Design.

The on-campus portion of the course culminates with the performance of a short devised theatre piece inspired by MACBETH and created collaboratively during the training. The online portion of the course offers the students the opportunity to research and create a design proposal for their own production of MACBETH.

Poster for Shakespeare course

Master Instructor: Jena Necrason (bio)
Class Instructors: Dean Linnard, Nick Piacente and Becky Bodurha

Course Material Fee: no fee

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