Summer Science Academy

Summer Science Academy

June 17 – July 11, 2019

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. The one- and two-week courses are designed to introduce students to university-level science programs, providing insight for thriving at the college level.

Photos and Testimonials

Student Quotes—2018

“Super enjoyable, laid-back and intelligent teachers, and fun experiments.” 

“I thought there was a lot of learning for a short amount of time which was great. Fun experiments and interactive teaching made it more enjoyable.”

“I think this was a really great opportunity to learn because it was over such a short period of time but I feel that I learned a lot especially from our daily dissections and group activities which I found fun.” 

“All the experiments were very interesting. I had a lot of fun, along with learning a lot.”

2019 Course Descriptions

Instructor: Lindsey Alexander, PhD

Session 1: 6/17 – 6/20 (Mon – Thurs) 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Session 2: 6/24 – 6/27 (Mon – Thurs) 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm (exact repeat of the first week)

Location: Johnson Center 027 (Anatomy Lab)

Course Description: Let’s have fun exploring the cardiovascular, nervous, digestive, and musculoskeletal systems! In addition to the amazing opportunity to study the human body and its wonders, I hope to get you excited for a healthcare career.

*This course uses human cadavers.

Student fee: $180 per week

Instructor: Linda Vick, PhD

6/24 – 6/28 (Mon – Fri) 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
7/1 – 7/3 (Mon – Wed) 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Johnson Center 029 (Zoology Lab)

North Park University credit given, for ACSR 1020: Topics in Skills Development

Course Description: Are you interested in becoming a veterinarian or working with animals in a zoo? This course offers an introduction to the field of animal behavior, particularly with a focus on city-dwelling animals. We will explore various aspects of ethology. Hypothesis formulation and testing, experimental design, and data collection and analysis will be emphasized.

*This course uses live animals.
*With parental approval and demonstration of ability to properly care for them, animal subjects may be made available for adoption at the conclusion of the course.

Student fee: $360

Instructor: Drew Rholl, PhD

6/24 – 6/28 (Mon – Fri) 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
7/1 – 7/3 (Mon – Wed) 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Johnson Center 228 (Microbiology Lab)

North Park University credit given, for ACSR 1020: Topics in Skills Development

Course Description: Have you ever seen (and smelled) the North Branch of the Chicago River and wondered, “What’s growing in there?” For two weeks, you will answer that question by using a multitude of traditional microbiological culturing techniques and modern molecular techniques in microbiology, molecular biology, and bioinformatics. We will examine water samples through differential and selective bacterial culturing, quantify bacterial burden, and identify selected bacterial isolates through DNA sequencing and genetic analysis. By the end of the course, you will have accurately identified a species of bacteria you personally isolated from the river and researched what it is doing there.

Student fee: $360

Instructor: Sunshine Silver, PhD

7/8 – 7/11 (Mon – Thurs) 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Johnson Center 343 (Chemistry Instrumentation Lab)

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, and gunshot residue as well as techniques in fingerprinting and chromatography.

Student fee: $180

Instructor: Bryan Cobb, PhD

7/8 – 7/11 (Mon – Thurs) 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Johnson Center 215 (Human Physiology Lab)

Course Description: Learn hands-on techniques to measure your body’s thermal performance and interaction with its thermal environment in this one-week intensive course. Not only will you jump-start your understanding of cell metabolism and temperature regulation, but you will also learn how to stay more comfortable in Chicago’s frigid winters sometimes steamy summers.

Student fee: $180

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.

Course fee is $180 per course per week. A limited number of scholarships are available. 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 200–500 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 31, 2019
Priority Registration and Scholarship Application: April 30, 2019
Final Registration: May 15, 2019
Extended Registration for 2-Week Courses: May 31, 2019
Email Dr. Yoojin Choi regarding scholarships.

Apply for Summer Science Academy

Contact Dr. Yoojin Choi, program coordinator, for more information and scholarship information.