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Summer Honors Institute

July 13-20, 2014

The JMU Summer Honors Institute is a unique week-long program where talented rising high school juniors and seniors get a first-hand look at life in a dynamic university and its Honors program.

As a JMU Summer Honors student you can:

  • Experience the excitement of life at a great university
  • Take hands-on courses with outstanding faculty
  • Explore careers and academic majors from the sciences, humanities, arts, business, and social sciences
  • Learn about how college Honors programs can help you make the most of your college experience
  • Attend admissions workshops and enhance your college applications
  • Live in the Honors residence hall and explore the JMU campus
  • Go hiking in the mountains, whitewater rafting, and do other fun activities in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley

Who can attend:
Up to 25 talented high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior years will be accepted to attend following a competitive application process.

Early decision deadline May 15, 2014 regular deadline has been extended to June 1, 2014. 

Summer Honors Institute class listing:

Art History
Art in Florence
Dr. Linda Cabe Halpern, Vice Provost for University Programs and Professor, School of Art, Design, and Art History

Exploring the Night Sky at the John C. Wells Planetarium
Dr. Shanil Virani, Director of the John C. Wells Planetarium and Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Phage Discovery Lab
Stephanie Stockwell, Louise Temple, Crystal Scott-Croshaw

Money, Banking, and Credit
Dr. Andre Neveu, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

Ways of Knowing… Yourself and Others: Cultural Competency in the 21st Century
Dr. Cheryl Beverly, Professor, Department of Learning, Technology and Leadership Education

Studying Popular Culture: Pulp Magazines
Dr. Brooks Hefner, Assistant Professor, Department of English

3D Printing History
Dr. Evan Friss, Assistant Professor, Department of History

International Affairs
Privacy, Security, and International Cooperation in the Post-Snowden Era
Dr. John Scherpereel, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Mathematics and Sowing Games
Dr. Anthony Tongen, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics

Physics and Baseball
Dr. Chris Hughes, Professor, Department of Physics

Political Science
Religion and Politics
Dr. Martin Cohen, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Zombies and the Brain
Dr. Monica Reis-Bergan, Professor, Department of Psychology

Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication
Multimodal Rhetoric: The Communicative Power of Images and Sound
Dr. Lucy Bednar, Assistant Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication