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ASU hosts summer programs for high school students

May 24, 2011

Arizona State University’s West campus is one of several ASU locations across the Valley offering Summer Enrichment Program courses for students in grades 9 through 12. These challenging, university-level workshops and courses enable students to gain an overview of a variety of academic fields.

“Summer Enrichment Program offerings have proven extremely popular with students who want to spend part of their summer exploring interesting fields of study and working with ASU professors and researchers,” said Mark Duplissis, ASU’s executive director of high school relations. “Participants also benefit from the opportunity to collaborate with other high school students who share their academic interests while learning about a particular ASU campus and experiencing what university life is like.”

At the West campus, the courses that are still available for enrollment are:

Environmental Science Exploration: June 6-7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $75 course fee

Learn how we depend on Earth and how our planet is affected by people through this hands-on, lab-based workshop that will highlight different areas of study within environmental science. Topics will include soil characterization, water quality, composting, energy consumption, alternative energy and soil life including plants and microbes.

Psychology and Music Symposium: June 14-16, 1-4 p.m., no course fee

This symposium explores psychology, music and writing. Students will experience a university class presented in a learning community format linking Psychology 101 (Introduction to Psychology) and English 101 (Introduction to English). Participants will attend lectures, participate in reading homework assignments, learn strategies of writing and create and present a PowerPoint presentation on the topic of “Psychology, Music and the Brain.”

In addition to the West campus, Summer Enrichment Programs are available at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic and Tempe campuses as well as Skysong in Scottsdale. Among the many offerings are Introduction to Video Game Design, The Art of Robotics, and ASU Nursing & Health Innovation Camp.

For more information, visit, call (480) 965-2200, or email