Summer Science Academy

Due to the uncertainty of an end date for the shelter in place decree by the State of Illinois, North Park University has canceled on-campus programming for Summer Science Academy 2020. An on-line Summer Science Academy option is being considered. Thank you for your interest and support of Summer Science Academy.

Britta Mitchell is available to answer questions about Summer Science Academy and North Park’s STEM programs and majors.

Summer Science Academy

June 22–July 2, 2020

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—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.”

2020 Course Descriptions

Department of Biology
Instructor: Lindsey Alexander, PhD

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.

Due to past popularity of this course, we are offering two sessions in 2020. They are nearly identical in content, and a given student should only take one session. Note: this course fills up very quickly.

Session 1: June 22–26 (5 days: Mon–Fri) 12:30pm–2:30pm (fee: $180)
Session 2: June 29–July 2 (4 days: Mon–Thu) 12:30pm–2:30pm (fee: $144)

Department of Biology
Instructor: Drew Rholl, PhD

Course Description:The antibiotic resistance crisis is already here. Miracle drugs that were once silver bullets for deadly diseases can no longer kill many strains of pathogenic bacteria; and it’s only going to get worse. During this two-week intensive course, you will get your hands dirty by sampling soil and using traditional and molecular microbiology techniques to isolate and characterize antibiotic-producing organisms. This is real research, with the goal of finding new tools to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Will you discover the next big pharmaceutical? At the end of the course, students will showcase their work in a poster session.

This is a great course particularly for students who are planning to participate in science fairs and other such research projects.

June 22–July 1 (Mon–Fri, then Mon, Tue, Wed)  2:45pm-5:15pm

Division of Health Sciences
Instructor: Bryan Cobb, PhD

Course Description: Learn hands-on measurement techniques to quantify human movement, including 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.

June 29–July 2 (4 days: Mon–Thu) 9:30am–12:00pm

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Instructor: Sunshine Silver, PhD

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.

June 22–25 (4 days: Mon–Thu) 9:30am–12:00pm

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.

Forensic Chemistry (4 days, 2.5 hrs each): $180
Biomechanics of Body Movement (4 days, 2.5 hrs each): $180
Human Anatomy Boot Camp Session 1 (5 days, 2 hrs each): $180
Human Anatomy Boot Camp Session 2 (4 days, 2 hrs each): $144
Drug Discovery (8 days, 2.5 hrs each): $360

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 31, 2020
Priority Registration and Scholarship Application: April 30, 2020
Final Registration: May 15, 2020

Email Dr. Yoojin Choi regarding scholarships.

Apply for Summer Science Academy

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