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Time to Register for Annual
Summer Science Institute

 MAILED:  April 20, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education and UW-Extension will offer its 25th Annual Science Institute July 19-30 for students entering the 7th through 12th grades.

The program invites students to explore one science topic intensively for a two-week period. With opportunities for both field and laboratory study, students learn from University faculty, area educators and community professionals. Instructors also select current undergraduates in their departments to serve as teaching assistants for their courses, allowing for more individual attention.

This year, the Science Institute will offer courses in astronomy, computer architecture and LINUX, nanotechnology and materials science, physics and space science. The course curriculum includes a knowledge base in the science area of the student’s choice; the methodology of scientific investigation; instruments and techniques specific to the field of study; and hands-on projects, experiments and field trips that allow students to apply their knowledge. Instructors also discuss career and employment opportunities in scientific fields should students choose to pursue science in college. Students attend class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, receiving more than 50 instructional hours throughout the Institute.

“The Science Institute gives students a great opportunity to develop their academic potential and see if a science field might be a fit for them in the future,” said Libby Thurston, the Continuing Education youth outreach specialist who coordinates the Science Institute. Designed for students with a strong aptitude in the sciences, the program “offers a high level of academic challenge for students who may have already mastered the curriculum offered in the traditional middle or high school science classroom,” Thurston noted.

Science Institute participants also experience campus life in full, from recreational activities such as indoor and outdoor sports and fitness, chess, bowling or billiards, to large group outings such as a talent show, a ropes challenge course, concerts, plays or sporting events. Students are given full access to campus facilities, including libraries, computer labs, science labs, fitness centers and outdoor recreation center.

The Science Institute welcomes both day and residential students, with approximately 75 percent of students choosing to live on campus. Residential students live with a roommate in campus residence halls, eat in campus cafeterias, and interact with other students who share the campus during the summer. Both residential and day students are assigned to counselors who introduce the students to campus, plan and lead extracurricular activities, and join students for all meals and evening events. Most counselors are UW-Eau Claire undergraduates majoring in science or education.

“Part of what makes this program so strong is the campus component,” said Dr. Robert Whitcomb, Continuing Education director. “We offer students an introduction to college that can impact their future choices and opportunities.” The opportunity to make lasting friendships with other like-minded students and college student role models is “irreplaceable,” Whitcomb said.

Program tuition is $495 for all students. Residential students pay an additional $475 for room and board, including twelve nights lodging, three meals per day, all recreational activities and field trips and 24-hour supervision by adult counselors. Some courses have additional course fees if students will complete take-home projects. Some scholarships may be available.

For more information, contact Thurston at UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, 210 Water Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 54701. Phone: (715) 836-3636. Fax: (715) 836-5263. Email: Information and online registration are also available on the web.


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Updated: April 20, 2004