The IUP Summer Honors Program hosted by the Cook Honors College at IUP concluded July 24, 2010. This two-week program immersed talented high school juniors and seniors into the study and life of a college environment. Sixty-six students, from as close as Indiana to as far away as Denmark, studied forensics, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, entrepreneurship, psychology, and English Education/Writing.
The students also sampled of the Honors College’s interdisciplinary seminar, examining critical questions from the perspectives of anthropology, philosophy, biology, and literature.
One student stated, "I learned to think critically, develop reasonable facts behind my arguments, and became more open to new perspectives."
Current Cook Honors College student counselors also had an opportunity to reflect on their experience in the Honors College by sharing it with the high school attendees. One reflected, "I appreciated how far I have come in core by watching the campers in class. I see how useful the core curriculum has been and how much it has helped me to grow intellectually."
The high school students experienced campus life by living in Whitmyre Hall and dining in Foster alongside the fourteen current Honors College student staff counselors. Evenings included IUP’s many outlets for physical activity, games, campus tours, meditation, panels, and more. In order to contribute to the community, students spent a Saturday serving local nonprofit groups, volunteering a collective 232 hours!
The success of the SHP program stems from the collaboration of Academic Affairs, departments, faculty, and staff across campus. The program showcases the best of IUP to talented juniors and seniors as they begin their college application process.
“It’s a great way for us to build bridges to talented and gifted students. Even those who don’t ultimately enroll at IUP still go home and talk to peers and teachers about the wonderful academic experience they had on our campus,” said Janet Goebel, director of the Honors College.