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Augustana Summer Academy

summer academy

High school students can experience a unique college atmosphere and summer adventure by taking a course in the Augustana Summer Academy.

Summer Academy 2019 will run June 16-20.

Courses range from two to four days and take an active, hands-on approach within a close-knit learning community based on the beautiful Augustana campus. You'll find fun outside of class, too, through field trips, evening activities and ventures off campus.

Course fee includes housing on campus, all meals, evening activities and class fees.

Classes are taught by popular Augustana professors. Investigate your interests, whatever they may be, and have fun while enriching your education on Augustana's campus this summer.

Registration for 2019 has closed. For more information, contact coordinator Bonnie Jessee, 309-794-7395.

2019 courses and workshops

The Amazing Brain: A Neuroscience Experience, June 16-18; $340 This course is full and no longer taking registrations.

Learn about the brain in the same way the neuroscientists do, by asking questions, performing hands-on experiments, and drawing conclusions.

Anatomy of Injury, June 16-18 or June 18-20; $340

This course is designed for students interested in health-care professions. Learn the basic anatomy of the human body through demonstrations using human cadavers and lifelike models.

The Art of Coding, June 16-20; $680

Learn basic coding and create a scientific simulation, artwork and 3-D animations. Develop a small adventure game for Android phones/tablets.

Creative Writing Workshop, June 16-20; $680

Write poetry, short stories, plays and more. We'll use writing exercises to get creativity flowing and activities to have new experiences to write about.

CSI: Augustana, June 16-20; $680 This course is full and no longer taking registrations.

Learn about the science behind forensics, using DNA, bones and trace evidence. Using state-of-the-art equipment, you’ll evaluate evidence and apply your findings to a simulated crime.

Engineering: Design and Processing, June 16-20; $680

Learn the basics, requirements and limits of Computer-Aided Design/3-D modeling and print your own 3D design.  Program a microprocessor to control a simple circuit machine.

Entertainment and Media Production, June 16-18; $340

This course is designed to expose students to the different areas of the production process. Students will have the opportunity work on-set rotating through every position. 

Environmental Studies: Sustainable Forests and Watersheds, June 16-19; $680

Plan to get your hands dirty and your feet wet as you will learn to collect and analyze data to measure the biological diversity and other ecosystem services of forests and watersheds.

Greek Mythology to Marketing, June 16-18; $340

Participants will learn about the thought-provoking insights and relation of Greek mythology to the modern business world.

The Psychology of HappinessJune 16-18; $340

See how psychologists study happiness through discussion, mini-lectures, videos, experiential activities, and hands-on studies.

Signals from the Universe, June 16-18; $340

Learn the basics of radioastronomy, an expanding area of astronomy that looks for radio emissions from space. Building a  simple radio telescope and “listen” to the sun.

Speech Pathology, June 16-20; $680. This course is full and no longer taking registrations.

This is a hands-on experience in Augustana's Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing. Observe children with communication disorders and assist professional pathologists.

Summer Vocal Academy, June 16-20; $680

Students who want to increase their musicianship and vocal skills, enhance their audition performing confidence, and grow as leaders in their singing ensembles will find this course to be just what you need.

Urban Education in America: Myths and Realities, June 16-20; $680

This course is designed for student interested in teaching as a career, or who are curious about our rapidly changing urban school systems. Participants will have a chance to do some informal teaching at the local Boys and Girls Club.

The World of Harry Potter, June 16-20; $680

Learn to use interpretive keys to read the books at a deeper level. Discover your Patronus, use a Marauder's Map on a scavenger hunt, walk a labyrinth, and play a game of Quidditch.

Non-discrimination policy

It is the policy and commitment of Augustana College to provide an environment free from discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, service in the uniformed service (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities operated by the college.

For any questions on academic or housing accommodations, contact Bonnie Jessee, 309-794-7395.

Cancellation policy

Courses not meeting minimum enrollment will be canceled. Students who signed up for a canceled course will have the option to sign up for another course or receive a full refund.

Courses meeting maximum enrollment will be closed. Students wishing to participate in a closed course can choose to be placed on a wait list and will be notified should an opening become available. All students on wait lists will be notified by June 1, 2019.

Students who sign up for a course and cancel their registration before April 15, 2019, will be entitled to a full refund. Registrations canceled from April 15-May 15, 2019 will be charged a $150 administrative fee. Registrations canceled after May 15, 2019 will not be refunded. If you have any questions, contact Bonnie Jessee at 309-794-7395.