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561-799-8026, gearing@fau.edu

FAU’s Wilkes Honors College Announces Summer Institute

Program Brings Together Students with Honors College Faculty and Scripps Scientists

            JUPITER, FL (March 29, 2007) – For the second year, Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College will host the Honors Summer Institute at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter.   The three-week program will bring together high-achieving 10 th and 11 th grade students to study with the faculty of the Honors College and scientists from the Jupiter, Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute.

            The theme of the institute is “Perspectives on the Environment.”   Students will take one of four honors courses and receive three college credits.   Courses to be offered include:

·         Genetics, Disease, and the Environment, which will examine the molecular basis of several diseases, the environment that allows them to prosper, and research that may lead to their eradication;

·         Art, People of the Earth, and the Environment, which will focus on the production and development of artwork associated with the restoration and reclamation of the earth;

·         Bioprospecting and Chemistry of Natural Products, which will introduce the study of chemical ecology and its implications for the development of new pharmaceuticals; and

·         Psychology, Human Behavior, and the Environment, in which students will study the reciprocal relationship between psychology and the natural, built, and social environment.

            Along with their coursework, students will participate in a number of other learning activities.   Students will participate in laboratories in both biology and chemistry. Scripps scientists will present lectures and lead discussions.   Students will tour Scripps Florida’s state-of-the-art temporary laboratories at FAU Jupiter and participate in a Saturday lab session with Scripps researchers.   Supervised social and recreational events will also be included.

            Application materials for the program are available online at www.fau.edu/summerinstitute .   Cost of the program is $1,950, which includes a private bedroom in the Honors College residence halls, full meal plan and all activities.   Florida students who do not qualify for dual enrollment will also pay a tuition fee of $333; tuition for out-of-state students is an additional $1,640.   Applications will continue to be considered while places remain open.

An information session describing the program will be held Wednesday, April 11, 7-8:30 p.m. in the AD auditorium at FAU’s MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter, FL.   To RSVP, call 1-800-799-8015 or 1-800-920-8705, or email summerinstitute@fau.edu .  

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Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College is a four-year liberal arts college for academically superior undergraduates.

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