JBU Summer Academies Offer College Experience to High School Students

John Brown University will offer three week-long residential Summer Academies for high school students this summer. The programs allow students to gain college experience in three areas: Piano (June 21-27), Engineering (July 19-25), and Great Ideas, facilitated by the JBU Honors Scholars Program (July 19-25). High school students will learn from college professors, interact with JBU students, participate in field trips and get a taste of student life at JBU through various campus activities.

The Piano Academy will be led by Dr. Paul Whitley, assistant professor of music at JBU and Dr. William Phemister, professor emeritus at Wheaton College in Illinois. Students will receive daily private lessons, additional training in masterclasses and opportunities to attend recitals by faculty and peers throughout the week. All high-school-aged students are welcome to apply and are asked to submit a recording of a piece they have performed by any major composer.

The Engineering Academy will expose students to robotics, computer programming solar cells, 3D printing and more. The program will explore the various applications of engineering and provide a good introduction to the field. Students will apply engineering concepts in hands-on team projects while exploring how Christian principles relate to engineering. The Engineering Academy will be facilitated by JBU engineering professors and is open to all high school students. Scholarships for the Engineering Academy are available.

The Great Ideas Academy will address the question “Is America a Christian Nation?” Students will investigate concepts like justice, truth and beauty in America through seminar discussions, textual exploration and field trips. Students will participate in two sessions each day led by JBU Honors Scholars Program faculty while engaging with current honors students during meal times, study sessions and evening activities. In order to participate, students must be a junior or senior in high school, have at least a 3.0 GPA and either a 20 on the ACT or 950 on the SAT. College credit is available to students who fulfill the program’s requirements.

The Summer Academies cost $500, and the registration deadline is June 1. For more information visit www.jbu.edu/summer_academy or contact Lauren Hinrichs, coordinator of non-traditional programs, at lhinrichs@jbu.edu or 479.524.1526.