2020 Summer Academy Courses

ASCI 095 – Animal Science Pre-Vet (official name TBD)

Description: TBD

Instructor:  Joe Emenheiser 

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COMU 096 – Health & Medicine

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.

Co-Instructor: Juli-Anne Gardner, M.D.

Course Material Fee: $150

Location: MedEd 100

Syllabus: 2019 Health and Med Syllabus

Course Schedule: Health and Medicine 2019 – COURSE SCHEDULE

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ENGS 095 – Journalism with Words and Photographs

Description: In this journalism and photography course, students will explore how words paint pictures and pictures tell stories, looking closely at the interplay, the reciprocity and collaboration of writing and images: how one can spark, conjure, compliment, or enhance the other in making meaning and creating stories that matter. Writing is about seeing. Finding pictures that tell stories, images that relay powerful messages requires close observation. Life is about paying attention, about being conscious. Chance favors the prepared—and connected—mind. This making of connections happens through storytelling—with words, with pictures (moving or still), or both. Stories matter. Playing on the well-known phrase, “a picture worth a thousand words,” this course—a combination of hands-on writing and photography—will challenge students in addition to generating original ideas to use visual rhetoric as inspiration for a range of nonfiction writing: poetic, essayistic, advertorial, script-based, fact-based, journalistic. Students will study, reconsider, and imitate its subgenres: Profiles, Travel Narratives, Personal Essays, Columns, Writing About History, Narrative Investigative Reporting, Public Radio/Podcasts, Documentaries, and Photo Essays.

Co-Instructor: Jenny Grosvenor, M.A, M.F.A.

Co-Instructor: Andrew Frost, M.F.A.

Course Material Fee: $0

Location: Room: Cohen 211 & Lab: Cohen 209

Syllabus: Journalism Syllabus

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GEOG 095 – Facing Environmental Futures

Description: As we move deeper into the 21st century, one thing seems certain: the state of the global environment is uncertain. Whether climate change, oceanic acidification, biodiversity loss, forest fires, or drought, it is clear that society faces a number of challenges that threaten to undermine human health and well-being. In this course, we will examine the nature of these challenges, how they came to be, and how we might respond to them in just, equitable, and courageous ways. In addition to thinking through some of the greater challenges of our time, this course offers an introduction to key concepts in the discipline of geography. Course materials reflect a wide range of environmental concerns as well as the diverse approaches to understanding them. Instruction is primarily discussion-based and we will draw on environmental data and key concepts to strategize how to face forward and build better futures.

Instructor: Harlan Morehouse, Ph.D.

Course Material Fee: $0

Syllabus: GEOG 095 Syllabus Summer 2020

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HLTH 095 – Biomedical Science and Human Disease

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.

Course Material Fee: $50

Location: Rowell 110

Syllabus: Biomedical Science and Human Disease Syllabus

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ME 095 – Renewable Energy: Harvesting Technology Design

This project-based learning course will introduce students to multiple renewable energy technologies (wind turbines, hydropower plants, solar panels, etc.) and teach them the basic mechanical principles governing these systems. Students will get hands-on experience with these technologies and be able to create and test their own designs. As an example: for wind energy, students will have access to engineering labs where they can create and alter their turbine blade designs (using a 3D printer) and perform tests in both the wind tunnel and out in the environment. Students will also get hands-on experience with basic circuits, coding, and other engineering skills. At the end of the course, students will have expanded their knowledge of energy harvesting, gained experience in design and analysis, and will have a greater appreciation for renewable energy. The course is taught by Mechanical Engineering faculty at UVM.

Instructor: Zachary Ballard, Ph.D.

Course Material Fee: $125

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MMG 095 – Microbiology in Action: Antibiotic Discovery

This is a research methods laboratory course framed around identifying novel antibiotic-producing bacterial strains in an effort to combat the increasing levels of antibiotic resistant infections. Students will develop research questions, investigate them using laboratory methods that they optimize, and share their data with an expanding network of SWI partner institutions throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Instructor: Karin Hodge, B.S., MA

 Course Material Fee: $20

Location: Stafford 104

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NR 095 – Drones for Environmental Mapping

woman holding up a droneDescription: 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

Course Material Fee: $99

Location: Aiken 101

Syllabus: Drones Syllabus

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NSCI 095 – Adventures in Neuroscience

Description: In this course, students will be introduced to the exciting and diverse field of Neuroscience. Interactive lectures and laboratory experiments will explore topics ranging from development of the nervous system to behavior. Students will have hands-on experience performing Neuroscience research and testing hypotheses. They will also tour several core facilities and active research laboratories at UVM.




Instructor: Alicia Ebert, Ph.D.

Course Material Fee: $25

Location: Waterman 402

Syllabus: Adventures in Neuroscience Syllabus

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