The ASU curriculum is designed to give you a powerful enrichment experience in science and mathematics. You will actively pursue an independent project and write a research paper, which you will present at the end of the program. Your professors will work closely with you on your project and will guide you in the preparation of your paper.
The 2014 Academic Program
Summer Ventures is a four week academic program allowing students to participate in a variety of research, demonstration, problem solving and technical writing coursework. Each student will investigate and complete an original research project. All students write a scientific paper about their investigation and give a research presentation to their class on the final day of the program.
Summer Ventures offers special instruction not available through high school classes. None of the offerings duplicate either the high school or the college curriculum. All of the classes are designed to enrich and complement college preparation. Students are expected to participate fully and perform as an independent learner.
Students should expect their professor to evaluate their work. These evaluations may be in the form of papers, projects, reports or by other means. A summary of the quality of the student's work will be provided. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a certificate at the closing ceremony.
To supplement your research skills, all students will participate in:
Technical Writing: Learning the unique written communication skills that scientists need for publications and presentations. Students will receive instruction within individual research classes as well as participate in writing workshops.
The courses described below are unique to the ASU Summer Ventures program. The 2014 Program is currently being planned.
Students are required to attend their classes and all other academic components of the institute. In line with your academic interests, you will be assigned to one of the following research areas and work closely with a university professor and her/his staff.
2013 Courses Offered
- Aquatic Environmental Science
Dr. Shea Tuberty, Mr. Scott Taylor, & Mr. Kelly Ruff
- Biomedical Science
Dr. Nathan Mowa
- Exploratory Data Analysis
Dr. Jill Thomley & Mr. Caleb Marsh
- Flight Science
Dr. John Cockman & Dr. Trish Allen
- Global Climate Change
Dr. Pete Soule & Ms. Ginger Kelly
- Visual & Image Processing
Dr. Rahman Tashakkori & Mr. Ahmad Ghadiri
In addition to the research courses, each student will be assigned to one demonstration (non-investigative) course. These are:
- Ethical Hacking 101
Dr. Dawn Medlin & Mr. Chris Taylor
- Forensic Science
Mrs. Susan Reese & Mrs. Jamie Branch
- Interactive Science
Mrs. Sherry Nikbakht
- Physics Phenomena
Mr. John Hollandsworth
- Problem Solving
Mrs. Carol West, Mrs. Brenda Kimberlin, & Mrs. Kimberly Morgan