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Augustana Summer Academy


Registration for 2018 has closed. Summer Academy 2019 will run June 16-21.

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

Courses range from two to five 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.

Note: Students participating in courses starting Monday, June 18, should plan to arrive on campus the evening of Sunday, June 17. Students will check in at Westerlin Residence Hall beginning at 4:30 p.m., meet professors and fellow students at a welcome reception and get acquainted with campus and the residence hall.

For more information, contact coordinator Bonnie Jessee, 309-794-7395.

2018 courses and workshops

The Amazing Brain: A Neuroscience Experience, June 17-19; $340

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 17-19 or June 19-21; $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 19-22; $510

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

Baseball and American Culture, June 19-22; $510

Students will look at baseball as a source of myths, a connection between generations, and a reflection of societal struggles. They'll visit the Field of Dreams, see a minor league game and create their own baseball story.

Creative Writing Workshop, June 17-22; $850

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: AugustanaJune 17-21; $680

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.

Dance Workshop, June 17-20; $510

Join us in Augustana's newly remodeled dance studio. Practice jazz, ballet, hip-hop and modern dance, plus improvisation and choreography.

Film Production, June 17-22; $850

Work on the set of films, documentaries and TV shows, grow leadership and technical skills, and your résumé.

Living Politics, June 17-20; $510

In this three-day game, students lead simulated nation-states, compete for scarce natural resources, and attempt to thrive in an uncertain world.

The Psychology of HappinessJune 17-19 or June 20-22; $340

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

Signals from the Universe, June 17-20; $510

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 17-20, $425; or June 20-22, $375

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

The World of Harry Potter, June 17-20; $510

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.

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