Summer Program 2016: For High School Students



Jupiter Summer Program

Program Description

MERGE will be a celebration of all branches of learning, liberal arts and the natural sciences. At Wilkes Honors College, the emphasis on interdisciplinarity and interaction between the sciences, humanities, and social sciences is a natural extension of our curriculum. In short, the summer program will highlight the need for students to study the humanities and social sciences in order to succeed in STEM. This will be approached with a broad theme. For example, student may have a microscopy lesson in which one of the tasks is to describe samples seen under the microscope and followed by a lesson in writing and composition.  Students would then again examine the same microscopic images and write up in-depth description of what they have observed. 

The program will also serve to introduce talented high school students to a collegiate live-learn environment, as well as to promote the liberal arts education in the hopes of inspiring student participants to pursue a career in the diverse fields. Each student will be involved in experiential education: getting out of the classroom and, with guidance of Wilkes Honors College faculty, interacting with each other in some dynamic environments. Just as dynamic is the list of Wilkes Honors College faculty leading the program; faculty will link their proficiencies in Anthropology, Social Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Art, Neuroscience, History, Chemistry and Philosophy to give students a complex understanding of liberal arts and STEM and how they can be integrated toward a common focus..

Honors College Description

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is a public liberal arts and sciences college which offers a complete all-honors education in Jupiter, Florida. The college is a live-learn small academic community of about 400 students who are all outstanding in their academic ability and future leadership potential. Students receive the personal attention and academic rigor of a private college at a fraction of the cost while enjoying the resources of Florida Atlantic University. Our faculty to student ratio is 1:10. Also, all admitted students are awarded merit based scholarships. Graduating with an all-honors Bachelors of Arts degree our students have a solid foundation for graduate school and a variety of career paths.

Cost of Program and Description

The program costs $400 per student, which includes participation and transportation to all scheduled events/activities, program supplies, entrance/equipment fees, use of university facilities, meals and lodging.

We have a handful of scholarships (participation fee will be waived) available based on financial need. A separate application will be available for submission.

Important Dates

March 16, 2016 Application Opens
May 31, 2016 Deadline EXTENDED for Applications
July 1, 2016 Deadline for Registration Fee
July 24-29, 2016 Dates of Program


The program is designed for rising high school Juniors and Seniors (i.e. students entering their 11th or 12th grade in August/September 2016).

Live-Learn Information / Residence Information

The residence halls have single bedrooms configured in a 4-room suite with a common living room area. Each suite includes a 50-inch plasma TV with basic cable, twin bed, desk and chair, dresser, couch and coffee table. Wireless Internet is available throughout residential halls and a community kitchen and laundry facility. In addition to full time residential staff, the program will include two live-in student counselors that will lead various social events (e.g. karaoke, game trivia, etc).


ACADEMIC RESOURCES: The Wilkes Honors College is composed of state of the art multi-media seminar rooms, computer labs, and Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anthropology teaching labs. In addition, the Hibel Art Complex houses a public museum and art studio classes. The library is located on campus with two full time librarians ready to assist in locating a source and is equipped with computers, copy, printing and scan services and provides study rooms.

RECREATIONAL RESOURCES include an on-campus swimming pool, swings, hammocks and a recreational field in which students can check out sporting equipment. The Burrow Student Union is the social center where students meet up for events, studying or play games (e.g. Billiards). The Student Life Office provides a range of services and programs that enhances the learning environment and support personal development.


The dining hall is located adjacent to the residential halls and offers balanced meals three times a day. If needed, dining services will make meal accommodations to meet specific nutritional, medical or religious needs.

Agenda of 2015 Program

Faculty Descriptions

Christopher Strain, Program Director

Contact Information

For questions
Dr. Monica Maldonado
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
5353 Parkside Dr.
Jupiter, FL 33478

APPLY HERE (This application is CLOSED):

Application Items:

  1. Application Form (online)
  2. Brief Student Statement (included on online application form)
  3. Teacher Recommendation
  4. Scholarship application (if applicable)

Your application will not be considered until ALL items listed are complete and submitted.

You will receive notification by June 1, 2016.



An Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution

If accommodation(s) for a disability is required contact Lauren Woeber/561-799-8216/TTY 1-800-955-8770,
a minimum of five (5) working days in advance of the date of the event.

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