Summer 2016 Session I Module List
Beginning Design: Architecture + Interior Design
This summer, discover your inner Frank Lloyd Wright, your budding Frank Gehry, or your emerging I.M. Pei. The Beginning Design: Architecture + Interior Design course is a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of architects and designers. Students will work in the design studios, be taught by Miami professors, and build from their own imaginations. With a curriculum geared toward improving designs for creating competitive architecture & interior design portfolios, students will identify and examine several design topics. In multiple phases through a series of rigorous investigations and discoveries, students will practice fundamental design principles. The overriding emphasis will be placed upon the "process" of design. Where might it start? How does it evolve? Students will learn to develop their own ideas and use them to drive the creation of space and form. The module will conclude with portfolio documentation and analysis to improve application quality as well as an exhibition of works created.
Are you interested in a career in fashion design? Do you dream of owning your own fashion business, or working for a large fashion brand? Did you know that one in every six people worldwide is employed in the global fashion and textile industry? Begin your fashion future with this focused two week program at Miami University!
This module is for students who are interested in fashion design, but do not necessarily have experience in sewing or patternmaking. With an introduction to 2-D and 3-D design language, garment analysis and technical illustration, and creating mood boards, along with hands-on opportunities with fabric dyeing, this course culminates in creation of an original garment from innovative non-textile materials that will be fitted on and modeled by a partner, or a dress form, for an informal exhibition. The results will showcase design skills and can be used for portfolio development.
Miami Art Portfolio Studio
Mr. Matthew Litteken
The Miami Art Portfolio Summer Studio (MAPS) is a summer art workshop organized by the Department of Art for high school students who are interested in improving their creative skills to produce a competitive art portfolio for college admission. During the first week, students will focus on the visual language of drawing. Emphasis is placed on learning to see by stressing intense looking, critical judgment, and precise measuring through direct observation. Students will build their seeing and rendering skills through exercises dealing with line, form, value, and formal composition. Each class includes hands-on projects that heighten students' ability to accurately create the illusion of three-dimensional forms in space on a two-dimensional picture plane, while simultaneously investigating diverse subject matter and a variety of drawing mediums.
The second week is designed to familiarize students with spatial design and construction. Students will concentrate on design elements and principles, compositional techniques, drafting practices, and craftsmanship. Students will create elementary and advanced sculptures using a variety of tools, materials, and methods. Studio sessions will consist of slide presentations, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and critiques. These activities are devised to give students an introduction to collegiate studies and to build advanced portfolios. The module will conclude with portfolio documentation and analysis to improve application quality as well as an exhibition of works created.
Understanding the Human Brain: Lessons Learned from Research
Dr. Joyce Fernandes
What do mice, fruit-flies, lobsters, and chicks have in common? They are model organisms that scientists have used for decades to unravel the mysteries of life at the cellular and molecular level. The development of tools, techniques, and technologies play a crucial role in designing research studies that advance scientific knowledge. We will explore current problems in brain research, examine the development of neuro-technologies, and conduct projects to visualize and study cells of the nervous system. We will also become familiar with goals of the BRAIN Initiative® launched in 2014, which is part of a new presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the brain.
The Dynamics of Nutrition and Dietetics
Uncover the connection between nutrition and health through experiential learning and interactive nutritional cooking adventures. Learn the fundamentals of healthy eating, the principles of sustainable living, and the impact of nutrition and public policy. Participants will be able to identify phytochemicals, antioxidants, macro- and micro-nutrients; use nutritional analysis applications and software available in the Dietetics Food Science Laboratory to learn the concepts of recipe quantification and development; and explore nutrition and health care related careers under the guidance of culinary experts and Registered Dieticians. See what previous students have done in this module at summerscholars.weebly.com.
Why Do We Need Superheroes: Antiquity and Today
The narratives and images of superheroes dominated Greek and Roman literature and art. From Heracles, Jason, Achilles, Camilla, and Aeneas to Spiderman, the Avengers, and Superman and Superwoman, this track will expose students to the issues of continuing fascination with the ideas of heroism, superhuman ability and suffering, hero cults and insatiable thirst for justice represented in the narratives about heroes and heroines. The groundwork for this track will be laid in the exploration of Greek and Roman hero myths. Students will participate in group projects where they will create narratives about their favorite modern superheroes. Through a combination of class lectures, discussions, in-class writing, and presentations, the class will investigate and analyze literary texts and visual media on heroes in antiquity and today. The class will focus on analytical thinking and develop the writing and public speaking skills formative for a successful college career.
Free Trade/Fair Trade: Understanding World Trade from the Local to the Global
Ever wonder who picked the coffee beans in your macchiato latte from Starbucks? Or who sewed the jeans you bought from Gap? Or stitched the soles onto your Nike Air Max 90s? Or what those workers were paid?
This seminar foregrounds the intellectual, economic, and political debate between “free trade” and “fair trade” with a focus on the post-WWII historical emergence of world trade, exchange, and banking systems.
We will also examine the late-20th and early 21st-Century forging of U.S. international trade agreements (NAFTA, CAFTA, FTAA, and TPP).
Throughout, we will explore key questions through historic, economic, political, sociological, and cultural lenses. For example: What is free trade? What is fair trade? Is free trade fair? Is fair trade free?
Media & The Millennial: Journalism in Action
What does it take to make it as a journalist in the fast-paced, multimedia news industry today? Find out from journalists working at the front lines in southwest Ohio and around the country, as you create your own content about other Summer Scholars and learn about the many opportunities Miami offers to prepare you to produce 21st century journalism.
Health & How to Change the World
Global health is a practical field that seeks to understand the complexities of health and disease in order to innovate and develop creative solutions to make the world a healthier place. We will explore issues in global health and develop an understanding of complex problems, which are a consequence of biological, cultural, and economic factors at both local and global levels.
Search for the Cure: The Discovery of Novel Antibiotics
Have you ever searched for novel antibiotics from local plants and mushrooms? We’ll go into the field and collect our own samples and then prepare extracts and screen for antibiotic activity. When we find a "hit," we will use molecular methods to identify the plant or mushroom species and perform liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry experiments and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy experiments to isolate and characterize the active compounds.
The Entrepreneurship Experience: Building Your Dreams and Passions into Fun and Profitable Ventures
The secret to success in life and business can be found in the entrepreneurial mindset. The entrepreneurship track of the Summer Scholars Program exposes students to the fun and excitement of bringing ideas to life. Students will participate in interactive, hands-on projects where they will be exposed to what it takes to build companies, teams, and insight. Whatever your interests – building a small start-up company, creating a major corporation, driving meaningful social change, or working in creative fields – we will build ideas, form teams, and create the structure that builds success.
Basics of Business
Dr. Jeff Merhout
Ms. Helen Koons
Ms. Brenda Homan
What do people “do” in business? What makes a business successful? What does it take to be a business professional? The “Basics of Business” track of the Summer Scholars Program will allow students to investigate all of the functional areas of business, better understand business processes, and develop basic competency in the language of business. Students will work in competitive teams to solve a real-world business problem while thinking creatively and working collaboratively. Students will also have an opportunity to practice how to present in a professional environment.