Summer Science Academy

With new robust safety measures in place, North Park University continues to hold in-person classes and is planning a safe and in-person Summer Science Academy 2021. Learn more about our Pandemic Response Planning.

As we closely monitor the pandemic situation both on campus and in the surrounding area, cancelation of the Summer Science Academy may occur depending on the safety analysis and necessary response measures at that time.

Summer Science Academy

July 12–16, 2021

High school students experience science first-hand at North Park’s Summer Science Academy. Seasoned faculty lead the interactive courses, while current North Park science majors serve as mentors. Students advance their skills and passion for science in North Park’s state-of-the-art facilities. These condensed courses are designed to introduce students to university-level science programs, providing insight for thriving at the college level. Participants can envision a career in healthcare in the Anatomy course, as a forensic scientist and chemist in the Chemistry course, or in sports medicine, athletic training, or physical therapy in the Biomechanics course.

Photos and Testimonials

Student Quotes—2019

“I really enjoyed the fact that we were able to create our own questions and experiment based on that.”

“I really enjoyed this program! I’ve learned a lot in this short period of time and this is exactly what I would like to do in a biology class.”

“I went into the course having never taken a biology class and I feel like I have learned a lot, especially about DNA and the PCR process.”

“I thought that the summer program was amazing because it contained a lot of fun projects in groups that allowed me to talk more than I usually do.”

2021 Course Information

Monday July 12–Friday July 16

9:30–11:30 am             Forensic Chemistry                                Sunshine Silver

12:30–2:30pm              Biomechanics of Body Movement          Bryan Cobb

3:00–5:00 pm                Human Anatomy Boot Camp                  Lindsey Alexander

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Instructor: Sunshine Silver, PhD

Schedule: July 12–16, 9:30–11:30 am

* COVID-compliant maximum occupancy = 10 plus instructor and TA

Course Description: This course offers an introduction to the field of forensic chemistry often glamorized in popular television shows. Using North Park’s Chemistry Instrumentation Laboratory, students will learn the science behind techniques utilized in examining physical evidence. This chemistry course will use hands-on, experiential learning to collect evidence and analyze samples. Topics may include the analysis of trace evidence such as blood, drug, glass, DNA, and ink samples as well as techniques in fingerprinting and chromatography.

Student fee: $200

Division of Health Sciences
Instructor: Bryan Cobb, PhD

Schedule: July 12–16, 12:30–2:30 pm

* COVID-compliant maximum occupancy = 8 plus instructor and TA

Course Description: Learn hands-on measurement techniques to quantify human movement, including video, 3-D motion capture, force plates, and accelerometers, in this one-week intensive course. You will experience first-hand the interactions between physics and musculoskeletal anatomy as they relate to human movement in sports performance, injury prevention, and rehabilitation.

Student fee: $200

Department of Biology
Instructor: Lindsey Alexander, PhD

Schedule: July 12–16, 3:00–5:00 pm

* COVID-compliant maximum occupancy = 8 plus instructor and TA

Course Description: Students will explore various organ systems of the human body, using human cadavers as well as 3-dimensional models and virtual systems. In our exploration of human anatomy, nutrition will be the theme that weaves together different topics. This will be an amazing opportunity to study the human body and its wonders!  We also hope to get students excited for a healthcare career.

*This course uses human cadavers.

Student fee: $200

Application and Registration

To be considered for the program, students must complete the application and pay the course fee. Read each section below for instructions on how to apply.

Tuition is $200 per course.

Tuition credit will be provided to student participants who matriculate at North Park. Please note that space is limited, so we may not be able to accept all students who apply. If we’re unable to accept you into the course you choose, your registration fee will be refunded.

In 200–300 words, answer the question, “Why do you want to take this course?” (Compose this answer in a word processing program before you start the registration form, and then copy and paste it into the space provided in the form.)

  • Your name, email address and phone number
  • Parent/guardian name and phone number
  • Emergency contact name and phone number
  • Name and location of your high school
  • The year you will graduate
  • List of the science classes you’ve taken in high school, with the grade earned in each
  • High school guidance counselor name, email and phone number

Early-bird Discount Registration (10%): March 15, 2021
Priority Registration: April 15, 2021
Final Registration: May 1, 2021

Email Dr. Yoojin Choi with any questions.

Apply for Summer Science Academy

Contact Dr. Yoojin Choi, program director, for more information.