University of Rochester

EVENT: Students Discover New Careers during Rochester Scholars Program

February 12, 2010

WHAT: From uncovering a murder mystery to studying the intricacies of the human brain, students in the Rochester Scholars program at the University of Rochester engage in hands-on classroom activities during their winter break. Taught by University graduate students and leading local educators, the Rochester Scholars academic enrichment program provides students from the Greater Rochester area in grades 9-12 with the opportunity to experience a taste of college life. Courses are not for credit- just for fun!

DATE, PLACE: February 15-19, River Campus and Medical Center

Please choose a class from the below selections:
Picture This: Tell a Story with Photographs
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., River Campus
In this course, students will learn how to use photography to tell a story. Students will look at iconic photographs and discuss what graphic elements create a great photograph. This class will allow students to learn how to write captions, use basic Photoshop tools, and create a compelling photo story and possible portfolio piece.

Rochester CSI
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Medical Center
Step aside David Caruso, because students in Rochester CSI are taking over the crime lab and jumping into the world of forensic science. Students will learn how to investigate a crime scene by examining fingerprints, artificial blood, hairs, and DNA in order to determine the perpetrator in this ultimate whodunit. During the intensive hands-on course, crime solvers also will become familiar with the scientific method, microscope operations, and laboratory safety. Working in teams, students will put the pieces together to find the killer.

The War Room: Strategies of a Battle Plan
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., River Campus
From the French and Indian War through present-day conflicts, students taking The War Room will discover how America has drawn inspiration from the likes of Alexander the Great and Napoleon to carve out ambitious battle plans. From brilliance to cowardice, students will hear the stories and military strategies that aren't covered in everyday history class.

Brainiac! The Basics of the Brain, Nerves, Synapses, and Circuits
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Medical Center
Rochester Scholars enrolled in Brainiac! will see what a human brain looks like, literally, inside and out. They'll learn the fundamentals of neuroscience and explore how a neurologist can examine a brain without actually seeing it, then use what they learn to solve a medical case. Students also will make their own model of a developing brain.

The Small World of Nanotechnology
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., River Campus
This course will introduce students to the new and exciting field of nanotechnology the study of materials and devices at the atomic/molecular scale. Students will learn about different types of nanomaterials and their presence and use in our world. Students will gain unique, hands-on experience by examining DNA extracted from fruits and vegetables, synthesizing biodegradable nanoparticles, and investigating cutting-edge drug delivery technology.

Careers in Engineering
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., River Campus
Through stimulating lectures, interactive labs, and informative field trips, this class introduces the many disciplines of engineering. Students will be provided with an overview of the necessary tools for analysis and problem solving, and will use their creativity, energy, and interpersonal skills to complete in-class design projects. Additionally, students will learn the importance of mathematics, science, and technology in everyday engineering situations.

What's Up Doc? Exploring the Pre-med Experience
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Medical Center
What's it like to be a physician? What does it take to become a doctor? Students enrolled in this course will meet with practicing physicians, medical students, and other experts in the field of medicine. They'll explore hands-on medical procedures, examine equipment, and discuss medical ethics and the role of the physician.

Final Day Presentation
Friday 2/19 - 12-1 p.m., Interfaith Chapel, River Campus
Through demonstrations and poster displays, students present what they have learned over the course of the week. Open to friends, family, and community members.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Media interested in covering Rochester Scholars should contact Melissa Greco Lopes at 585.276.3693 or 585.260.6666 to schedule a visit.