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Summer Institutes

Drexel's summer academic programs are open to highly motivated high school students who wish to explore what a university-level program is all about. Workshops are led by Drexel faculty and utilize Drexel's labs, facilities, and the city of Philadelphia's many resources.

Choose a Program

Arts and Sciences

Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy

Drexel's week-long Environmental Science Leadership Academy is one part adventure travel, one part leadership training, and two parts environmental science field experience. Students will habitat-hop from seaside to salt marsh to maritime forest all along the New Jersey coastline, gaining hands-on experience in a range of research areas, including beach, marsh, and Pine Barren ecology; botany; and paleontology. The tour guides on this adventure will be all-star Drexel professors from the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science and expert scientists from the nation's oldest natural history museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Students will gain a broad understanding of what it means to be an environmental scientist and what it takes to be a leader in the field.

Dates July 12 – 18, 2015
Residential No
Cost $1,500
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors
Deadline Applications due April 5, 2015
More Info For more info, contact the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science at bees@drexel.edu, 215.571.4639, or visit the Environmental Science Leadership Academy website.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomed Summer Academy

The Biomed Summer Academy is a one-week program at Drexel University that provides high school students with an insight into the exciting field of biomedical engineering. Participants will be introduced to laboratory and core research skills through interactive, hands-on learning activities. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the booming biomedical industry through site visits, seminars, and presentations.

Dates TBD
Residential No
Cost TBD
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors. Admission to the program is competitive. Students must have taken one year of biology and have some interest in math, engineering, or health and life sciences. Preference is given to students with outstanding GPAs, teacher recommendations, and active involvement in extracurricular or community service activities.
Deadline TBD
More Info Contact Alison Oxenberg at ars376@drexel.edu or 215.895.2215 for more information, or visit the Biomed Summer Academy webpage.

Business

Camp Business

Drexel University's LeBow College of Business offers ambitious rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn the basics of business disciplines including accounting, entrepreneurship, marketing, economics, finance, and management, as well as the core concepts of business including leadership, professional image, etiquette, team building, communication, and strategy. Further, students will learn about essential business resources such as technology, the stock market, and leading business publications. Mentored by faculty, as well as current undergraduate business students, Camp Business participants will get to experience all of this through various environments, ranging from boardroom-style classrooms to outdoor ropes courses.

Dates July 13 – 17, 2015 (residential)
July 20 – 30, 2015 (nonresidential)
Residential See dates above
Cost $650 (nonresidential), $1,350 (residential)
Eligibility Rising juniors and seniors in high school; admission to Camp Business is very competitive. Preference is given to students with outstanding GPAs, exceptional standardized test scores (PSAT or SAT are considered) and active involvement in extracurricular or community service activities.
Deadline Applications due Monday, June 1, 2015
More Info Applications follow a rolling admissions guideline. Contact Kyle Norton, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs and Recruitment, at kcn28@drexel.edu or 215.571.3767, or visit the Camp Business website for more information.

Drexel University Computing Academy (DUCA)

DUCA is a five-week residential summer learning program at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Through DUCA, students share an authentic college experience, exploring information technology, business, digital arts and media, and computer science through interactive classes, group projects, and labs while living in a residence hall, eating at the University's dining facilities, exploring Philadelphia, and making new friends. If you've ever wondered how a Google search really works, the ins and outs of computer software and hardware, or what goes on behind the scenes of game design, DUCA is for you. Students who successfully complete DUCA and subsequently enroll at Drexel University will receive a $3,000 renewable scholarship.

Dates TBD
Residential TBD
Cost TBD
Eligibility TBD
Deadline TBD
More Info Visit the DUCA website or call 215.895.2474.

Engineering

ASM International® Materials Camp (with the Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter of ASM)

Run by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, this week-long commuter academic camp features highly interactive, lab-based, and hands-on activities to introduce students to materials science and engineering. Industry tours and a group project enhance the experience.

Dates June 22 – 26, 2015
Residential No
Cost There is no charge for students accepted to this program.
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors
Deadline Friday, April 10, 2015
More Info Visit the Materials Camp website or contact Dr. Richard Knight at knightr@coe.drexel.edu for more information.

Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute

The Drexel University Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute is a one-week commuter program that will give aspiring scientists and engineers the chance to learn about how atomic elements arrange themselves to form the materials that are all around us. Furthermore, the Summer Institute will emphasize how variables in the processing of materials determine physical, mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties. Through hands-on science and engineering activities, students will gain an understanding of how materials impact the fields of energy, biotechnology, and electronics. Sustainability and nanotechnology will be a theme woven through the modules. The learning environment includes work in a computer classroom, a materials science laboratory, and the Centralized Research Facility, which includes advanced microscopy equipment. The week will culminate with presentations in which students will discuss their results from group projects.

Dates July 20 – 24, 2015, July 27 – 31, 2015, August 10 – 14, 2015, or August 11 – 15, 2015
Residential Yes (For an additional fee)
Cost $795
Eligibility Motivated high school students entering their junior or senior year and recent high school graduates who would like hands-on summer experience to learn about how materials impact today's technological advances.
Deadline June 1, 2015
More Info Visit the Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute webpage.

Hospitality and Sport Management

Hospitality and Sport Management Summer Institute

The Center for Hospitality and Sport Management's Summer Institute offers a one-week, non-residential program to expose talented and motivated high school students to a range of career possibilities in the fields of culinary arts, culinary science, hospitality management, and sport management. Students entering either their junior or senior year will attend classes taught by Drexel faculty in the labs, kitchens, and classrooms in the Academic Bistro and Paul Peck Research Center. Students will experience lectures, hands-on projects, field trips, and presentations from distinguished speakers. The Center's Summer Institute will offer two tracks for students to choose from: the culinary and hospitality track or the sport management track. (Please note that students must choose one track for the entire week and will not be able to switch between tracks due to full enrollment.)

Dates TBD
Residential No
Cost $600
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors
Deadline May 30, 2015
More Info

Contact Matt Gray, Director of Marketing and Enrollment Management, at mattgray@drexel.edu or 215.895.6255.

Law

Mock Trial Experience

An intensive, five-day program to introduce high-ability students to mock trial and trial advocacy. Students will begin by learning the basics of trial procedure, courtroom decorum, the rules of evidence, and how to make proper objections. They will be coached throughout the week by local attorneys and mentors of the nationally competitive Drexel University Undergraduate Mock Trial team and other local attorneys. Students will then divide into teams and work on writing direct and cross examinations, as well as opening and closing remarks. Students will practice their roles throughout the week. The Mock Trial Experience will conclude with two trials on the final day. Parents and loved ones are invited to attend the final trials and award ceremony on Friday afternoon. This program will help students develop skills applicable beyond the field of law, such as public speaking, creating an effective themed presentation, construction of logical arguments, asking the right questions, and teamwork.

Dates June 22 – 26, 2015 (Tentative)
Residential No
Cost $625
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors. Rising high school sophomores have been admitted on an individual, case-by-case basis.
Deadline Monday, June 1, 2015
More Info

Contact Michael Vitlip, Head Coach, Drexel Mock Trial at vitlip@drexel.edu or 215.895.1632 for more information. Applications will be available in the spring semester.

Media Arts & Design

Discovering Architecture

For two intensive weeks, live on campus and experience what it's like to study architecture in college. You'll attend classes taught by Drexel faculty members from the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design in studios and computer labs used by Drexel architecture students. You'll go on field trips to significant architectural sites, hear lectures by distinguished speakers, and, working closely with an instructor, you'll try your hand at architectural design.

Dates TBD
Residential TBD
Cost TBD
Eligibility TBD
Deadline TBD
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Summer Programs for High School Students website or contact Tia James at tjm22@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Discovering Interior Design

This is a two-week residential program designed to expose talented and motivated high school students to a range of career possibilities in the field of interior design. You'll attend classes taught by Drexel faculty members from the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design in studios and computer labs used by Drexel interior design students. You'll go on field trips to significant sites, hear lectures by distinguished speakers, and, working closely with an instructor, you'll try your hand at designing a retail store and present your work to a professional jury.

Dates TBD
Residential TBD
Cost TBD
Eligibility TBD
Deadline TBD
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Summer Programs for High School Students website or contact Tia James at tjm22@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Exploring Design and Merchandising and Fashion

For two exciting weeks, come live on our campus and explore the fields of fashion design and design and merchandising. You will attend classes taught by Drexel faculty from the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design in the studios and the labs used by our very own design students. In studios you will spend valuable time sketching and designing products, projects, and more. Field trips will give you an insider's look at top retailers, designer boutiques, and yes, even upscale merchants to discover where fashion and merchandising meet. You will even get to create the beginnings of your own personal design portfolio that can play an important role in applying to college.

Dates TBD
Residential TBD
Cost TBD
Eligibility TBD
Deadline TBD
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Summer Programs for High School Students website or contact Tia James at tjm22@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Media Arts & Design

Music Industry Summer Program

Our summer program is designed to introduce you to the music industry as a whole — through a one-week intensive workshop of audio technology and business. The courses offered are based upon the degree curriculum and are taught by Drexel's faculty of industry professionals from the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Through the classroom, hands-on studio experience in our recording lab facilities, performance opportunities, lectures, and guest speakers, you will gain valuable insight into, and practical knowledge of, this dynamic field. You'll get an insider's view into the most current issues in the music industry.

Dates TBD
Residential TBD
Cost TBD
Eligibility TBD
Deadline TBD
More Info Visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design's Summer Programs for High School Students website or contact Tia James at tjm22@drexel.edu or 215.895.1834.

Medicine

Mini-Med Summer Camp®

The Mini-Med Summer Camp is a three-week program that provides an opportunity to experience what it's like to be in medical school and beyond. Each morning begins with a lecture presented by a Drexel University College of Medicine faculty member. The remainder of the day is spent shadowing attending physicians, residents, and medical students in the operating room or physicians' clinical practices. You will come away from this program with a true sense of the daily life of a physician as well as a strong insight into what it will take to achieve your goals.

Dates Session I: June 29 – July 17, 2015
Session II: July 20 – August 7, 2015

Overall acceptance to the program is selected first, then every attempt is made to honor the session date the participant has requested.

Residential No
Cost $2,250 per session
Eligibility Rising high school juniors and seniors or entering freshman year of college
Deadline March 6, 2015 is encouraged
Application Process
  • Refundable application fee
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Class ranking
  • High school transcripts
  • More Info Visit the Mini-Med Summer Camp® website or call 215.762.6800.

    Medicine

    Neuroscience Camp for High School Students

    Drexel University's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies offers ambitious high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to participate in a range of lectures and laboratory experiences in neuroscience. Created in collaboration with the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, this exciting 10-day summer program familiarizes students with current topics of interest in neuroscience.

    Dates July 13 – 24, 2015
    Residential No
    Cost $1,500
    Eligibility

    Rising juniors and seniors in high school; admission to the Neuroscience Camp is competitive. Preference is given to students with outstanding GPAs, interest in neuroscience research, success in their high school biology course, and extracurricular or community service activities.

    Deadline Friday, March 27, 2015
    More Info Contact Tracey Bracale at biomedcamp@drexelmed.edu or 215.991.8570, or visit the Neuroscience Camp for High School Students webpage on the College of Medicine site for more information.

    Medicine

    SURF — Summer Undergraduate Research Program

    The purpose of the SURF program is to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their analytical and technical scientific research skills while earning a stipend to support their participation. Research interns are mentored by College of Medicine faculty who work in various disciplines including biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, neuroscience, microbiology, immunology, pathobiology, pharmacology, and physiology.

    Dates June 8 – August 24, 2015
    Residential No, students must reside within a reasonable commuting distance of the College of Medicine during the full term of the program. Residents of Philadelphia and its immediate PA and NJ suburbs will be given preference; if you do not reside in this area but can make your own arrangements for housing (e.g., with a relative), please indicate your summer address on the application.
    Cost Fellowships offered
    Eligibility

    Rising high school juniors and seniors. Rising high school sophomores will be considered on an individual, case-by-case basis.

    Applicants must have an interest in pursuing biomedical research as a career and must be in good standing at their school. Selection will be based on the student's academic undergraduate record, research experience, letters of recommendation, and statements of research interests and career goals.

    Deadline Friday, February 6, 2015
    More Info

    Contact the Division of Biomedical Science programs at biomedresearch@drexel.edu or 215.991.8570, or visit the SURF Summer Undergraduate Research website for more information.

    Nursing

    Explorations in Mental Health Careers

    This Summer Institute explores career opportunities for students with an expressed interest in the helping professions, including counseling, social work, psychology, and psychiatry. Designed by Drexel's Behavioral Health Counseling Department in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, students are provided with the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the mental health and addictions treatment fields by participating in hands-on learning experiences. The five-day program includes: site visits to treatment agencies, guest speakers, interactive workshops, and the utilization of the College of Nursing and Health Professions' state-of-the-art counseling simulation lab.

    The Explorations in Mental Health Careers Summer Academy offers two session options, so students may apply for the week that best fits their schedules.

    Dates Session I: June 22 – 26, 2015
    Session II: July 6 – 10, 2015
    Residential Available (additional fee)
    Cost $250
    Eligibility Preference will be given to rising high school juniors and seniors
    Deadline Friday, May, 1 2015
    More Info

    Contact Erin Leaver-Schmidt, Program Coordinator, at evl23@drexel.edu or 267.359.5568 for more information.