February 9, 2017

Academic Camps

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Conflict Resolution: Conflict Resolution Youth Summit

Contact: Denise Crlenjak, Conflict Resolution Youth Summit, crys@gmu.edu, 703-993-4165
Website: scar.gmu.edu/academics/undergraduate/conflict-resolution-youth-summit
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: Delve into today’s toughest problems at the Conflict Resolution Youth Summit (CRYS). The CRYS is a summer program for high schoolers in the D.C. Metropolitan area that explores social and political action, global conflict, social justice, and leadership. Participants will learn through simulation labs, field trips, workshops, and by engaging with experts in the field. Students will develop skills in leadership, problem-solving, effective communication, and cross-cultural awareness. The program is offered by the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, a preeminent leader in innovative teaching, cutting-edge research and engaged practice.

Conservation: Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Summer Programs

Contact: Robert Barrett, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, rbarret@gmu.edu, 540-635-0460
Website: smconservation.gmu.edu/programs/high-school-summer-programs-for-college-credit
Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal
Description: Spend the week at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, housed at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Learn about a range of endangered mammals, birds, and amphibians. Get one-on-one instruction from Mason’s award-winning faculty and Smithsonian researchers. Gain an understanding of the complex nature of present-day conservation that you can apply to future internships. Earn up to two college credits per course in our immersive, field-based, week-long residential programs. Open to rising high school juniors and seniors.
Course Offerings:
Introduction to Field Conservation Ecology: Hands-on experience in conservation research field methods
How to Be a Better Naturalist: Take natural history observations and learn how to identify organisms in the field
Wonderful World of Water: Learn how humans shape and study watersheds
Talking the Conservation Talk: Communication skills for beginning conservation professionals

Debate: George Mason Debate Institute

Contact: Jackie Poapst, George Mason Debate Team, 267-393-1604, debategmu@gmail.com
Website: georgemasondebate.com
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: The George Mason Debate Institute strives to offer the most individual attention of any debate camp. Low student-to-faculty ratios and an extremely active faculty allow us to meet the individual needs of every debater. We are proud of our ability to tailor our instruction to the needs of individual participants once assessments are done; tailored instruction is indeed a unique institute approach. The camp has a focus on debate as an educational and communicative activity, which offers a one-of-a-kind learning experience. As part of our unique educational approach, participants will get to hear from topic experts on important public policy issues. Our guest speaker series is certainly the most unique feature of our camp.

Environmental Science/Conservation: Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

Contact: George Mason University, Office of Admissions, wyse@gmu.edu, 703-993-5010
Website: wyse.gmu.edu
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: George Mason University, along with distinguished partners the National Geographic Society and the National Zoo, is proud to host the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE). The WYSE welcomes 250 High School National Youth Delegates from all over the country. National Youth Delegates join the Mason community, which includes students and faculty from all over the world. The summit is a hands-on, interactive program that provides America's highest achieving high school students with an interest in the environment, conservation and sustainability, and with the desire to explore careers in the fields of environmental science, conservation, policy, law and engineering, with a remarkable opportunity.

Forensics: George Mason Institute of Forensics (GMIF)

Contact: George Mason Forensics Team, gmif2018@gmail.com, 703-993-5887
Website: gmif.gmuforensics.org
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: With the phenomenal success of the George Mason Institute of Forensics (GMIF) over the past 13 years, we are pleased to announce the fourteenth annual George Mason Institute of Forensics for summer 2018. George Mason University and the George Mason Forensics Team invite you to Washington D.C. to participate, where you will learn from some of the great minds in Forensics.

Game Design, Programming, and Technology: Mason Game & Technology Academy (MGTA)

Contact: Mason Game and Technology Academy, mgta@gmu.edu, 703-993-7101
Website: mgta.gmu.edu
Location: Fairfax Campus, SciTech Campus, Loudoun site
Description: MGTA offers age-appropriate STEM classes for ages 9–18 with personalized instruction. Classes include: 3D Game Development, Virtual Reality Game Development, Artificial Intelligence, AR Mobile App Development, 2D Digital Art, 3D Modeling and Animation, Intro to Blockchain, Motion Capture, Programming (C#, Java, Python), Roblox Game Development, Minecraft Modding, Music Production for Games, and more!

High school students can register to earn one college credit per week of classes through our partner program, Envision.

Information Technology and Engineering: STEM Summer Camps

Contact: Kammy Sanghera, George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering, ksangher@gmu.edu, 703-362-2474
Website: volgenau.gmu.edu/partners/stem-outreach/stem-summer-camps
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: Don't take a summer vacation from learning. Our STEM Program offers classes to keep you interested in your favorite STEM topic or learn about a new one. Join your friends and explore web development, physics, cybersecurity, engineering, and more.

Journalism: Washington Journalism and Media Conference

Contact: George Mason University, Office of Admissions, wjmc@gmu.edu, 703-993-5010
Website: wjmc.gmu.edu
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: George Mason University is the host of the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC), and each summer welcomes high school student leaders from all over the country as National Youth Correspondents. Faculty members have developed the WJMC curriculum to suit the needs and potential of the nation’s most talented future leaders in the field. The conference curriculum includes hands-on learning with industry leaders from the Mason faculty as well as international media outlets and Washington insiders. National Youth Correspondents will experience an integrated and forward-thinking approach to journalism and media, while acquiring valuable "in-the-trenches" knowledge.

Mason Kids Club

Contact: George Mason University Child Development Center, cdc@gmu.edu
Website: hr.gmu.edu/cdc/kidsclub.php
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: Mason Kids Club Summer Camp will explore different countries around the world. We will learn about various traditions, holidays, customs, literature, art, music, and languages. For rising 1st through 4th graders.

Math and Technology: Mathematics and Technology for Talented Youth

Contact: Dr. J. E. Lin, George Mason University, Department of Mathematical Sciences, talentedyouth@gmail.com, 703-973-6889
Website: mtty.gmu.edu
Location: Online
Description: This program offers non-credit enrichment courses in mathematics and computer science for students entering the 7th through 12th grades. The courses are designed to provide an accelerated learning environment in a college atmosphere for high-potential students. Eligibility: Participants must have at least a B average in their most recent mathematics course.

Nursing Camp: The Evolving Role of the Nurse in Today's Healthcare Delivery

Contact: George Mason University School of Nursing, outreach@gmu.edu
Website: nursing.gmu.edu/camp
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: George Mason University’s School of Nursing will be conducting a nursing camp for high school students. The camp will provide small group projects and hands-on simulation to introduce core concepts of nursing in health and healthcare delivery. Come and learn about the variety of careers and roles that nurses play in the healthcare field today. For additional information, including how to apply, visit the website.

Radio: WGMU Summer Radio Camp

Contact: Rodger Smith, WGMU Radio and Student Media, rsmith6@gmu.edu, 540-539-5659
Website: Click here
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: WGMU’s Summer Radio Camp will provide students hands-on training in a professional radio environment. Students will get a chance to be a deejay and play music over WGMU, broadcast around the world from our website. Students will also learn how to write and produce commercials and newscasts. A field trip to an area radio station will give students a "behind the scenes" look at radio.

Science: Aspiring Inventors' Club

Contact: Lance Liotta, College of Science, lliotta@gmu.edu, 703-993-9444
Website: Click here
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: Actively learn the patent process as you work in small teams to invent and prototype a solution to a challenge, problem, or your own idea! By the club’s end, students can complete a draft of a patent application for their invention. Open to rising 10th graders through college undergraduates. Biweekly sessions from June 20 to August 9 (no sessions week of July 4), Tuesday and Thursdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Attendance at each session is recommended, but not required. No make-up sessions are provided.

Science: Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship for Young Researchers (ASSIP-YR)

Contact: Andrea Cobb, College of Science, acobb4@gmu.edu, 703-993-7058
Website: Click here
Location: Fairfax Campus, SciTech Campus (Manassas), or Potomac Science Center (Woodbridge)
Description: ASSIP-YR is a mentor-differentiated, non-wet lab research experience for academically advanced younger students. Students must be between 13–15 years old by June 17, 2019. Students will be admitted by application and mentor interview. Dates are agreed upon by the mentor and the student, starting no sooner than June 17 and ending no later August 9, 2019.

Science: Bioinformatics – A Short Course

Contact: Iosif Vaisman, College of Science, ivaisman@gmu.edu, 703-993-8431
Website: Click here
Location: SciTech Campus (Manassas)
Description: Learn theoretical approaches and use techniques and computational tools for DNA and protein sequence, structure, and function analysis. Students will develop practical skills working with biological databases and internet-based bioinformatics resources. Students must have completed high school biology and Algebra II. Dates will be June 17–28, Monday–Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a lunch break (lunch is not provided).

Science: Hands-On Introduction to Data Science Using R

Contact: Jason Kinser, College of Science, jkinser@gmu.edu, 703-993-3785
Website: Click here
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: This course explores the fundamentals of data science with hands-on applications. Students delve into the skills required of college courses and job applications. Activities are structured to understanding data structures, visualization techniques, data mining, and communication of the results. A majority of the course will be dedicated to applying learned skills through various activities. Some programming experience preferred. June 17–28, Monday–Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including a lunch break (lunch not provided).

Science: Life Science Research Proposal Boot Camp (Summer Saturdays)

Contact: Fatah Kashanchi, College of Science, fkashanc@gmu.edu, 703-993-9160
Website: Click here
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: Wonder how to turn your scientific life science idea into a feasible and fundable proposal? Work in small groups to write a great proposal, which may earn an award during the final session! Open to rising 10th graders through college undergraduates who wish to do original research in the life sciences. Boot camp meets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a half-hour lunch break, on the following Saturdays: June 22, June 29, and July 13. Sign up by April 30 deadline.

Science: Modeling Life – A Crash Course

Contact: Maria Emelianenko, College of Science, memelian@gmu.edu, 703-993-9688
Website: Click here
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: A crash course on cutting-edge mathematical modeling in life sciences. This program providing hands-on experience with analytical and computational tools that help researchers answer questions about epidemics, cancer, infectious diseases, climate dynamics and more. Students with some familiarity with differential equations and programming are preferred. June 17–28, Monday–Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. including lunch break (lunch not provided).

STEM: Females of Color and those Underrepresented in STEM (F.O.C.U.S.)

Contact: Kelly Knight, STEM Accelerator, College of Science, gmustem@gmail.com, 703-993-5478
Website: focusonstem.org
Location: Fairfax Campus
Description: Females of Color and those Underrepresented in STEM (F.O.C.U.S.) is a week-long camp which exposes females to a variety of disciplines within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The camp is presented in a fun, hands-on, intellectually stimulating format designed to elevate their interests. The first four days each “F.O.C.U.S.” on a different letter of the STEM acronym.  On day five, participants have an opportunity to collaborate with their groups and present one of the topics from the week in a poster session with invited faculty, students, and family.  There is also a “Leadership and Entrepreneurship” component to F.O.C.U.S., which gives the students an opportunity to meet successful women who currently work for leading organizations and/or own their own businesses.