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Summer Honors Institute

Date:  June 12-17, 2016 Residential Program; June 13-17, 2016 Non-Residential Program
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Mission: Youngstown State University's Summer Honors Institute offers gifted and talented students the opportunity to explore and discover new information in a wide range of disciplines. Courses have been developed by outstanding university faculty with the dual purpose of introducing students to a specific discipline that is not available to them in a high school setting and providing activities designed for more in-depth study. Courses are also designed to provide a high degree of student interaction using a variety of "hands-on" activities. Appropriate alternative learning experiences are also utilized.

Eligibility for Participation:  YSU Summer Honors Institute is limited to students who have completed either 9th, 10th or 11th grade by June 2016, and who have been formally identified as gifted and talented as defined by the Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15 or the state criteria for gifted identification in the state in which the student resides, or meets the requirements of the Honors Program at YSU (26 ACT and 3.5 overall GPA).  A building principal, gifted coordinator, guidance counselor, school psychologist, or other administrator who can verify test/instrumentation data must also recommend the student (see Student Eligibility Confirmation Form). The signature of the authorized school official certifies this determination.

Non-Residential & Residential Options:

For the last three years the YSU Summer Honors Institute has offered a residential option. Students as far away as Florida, Washington, and Kentucky, and as close as Boardman and Canfield have resided on campus for the week. The evening activities offer students opportunities for leadership and social development. Oftentimes, connecting with students who become friends with similar learning values. A limited number of spots for juniors and seniors wanting to take part in a residential experience are available. Details of how to enroll in either the non-residential or residential component is available on our website in our application packet. Students in the non-residential program must provide their own transportation to and from campus each day. Residential students will be housed in the Cafaro House for the week.

The YSU Summer Honors Institute offers two paths for participation.  The non-residential option is for participants who want to commute each day for the course experiences. The residential program provides participants with the option to stay on campus in the Honors residence hall for the week, and partake in additional evening programming.  Both options are available on a limited basis with applicants being accepted on the order of the receipt of the application until all slots are filled. Details of how to enroll in either the non-residential or residential component are available on our website in our application packet. Students in the non-residential program must provide their own transportation to and from campus each day, and will incur a daily charge for parking. 

Residential Programming:  Evenings for residential students will be filled with opportunities to expand upon their learning in a variety of ways.  Participants will check into the Honors Residence Hall on Sunday, June 14 starting at 5:30 PM. Families will be welcomed, and students checked into their rooms. Learning topics during the evenings will include:  Networking 101, Fine Tuning Social Skills to Enhance Success; YSU 101, Building Keys to Academic Success by YSU Deans and Faculty; Youngstown 101: Hidden Gems of the City, a cultural exploration; and Leadership 101: Profiles in Leadership. 

Last year was our first residential offering. Residential participants from 2013 described their experience as:

    • Challenging
    • Brought me out of my comfort zone.
    • Awesome, don’t think, just do it!
    • It was so much fun being able to experience what living in a dorm is like before going to college.
    • You get so much more out of the residential program compared to being a commuter.
    • It was the best week ever!!

The Academics: Each participant will be enrolled in two classes (one morning; one afternoon). At the conclusion of the week, participants will have an opportunity to demonstrate their learning in each class at what we call the Friday Celebration, and receive their certificate of completion.  The Friday Celebration, held in the afternoon from 1-4, showcases student learning to parents, faculty, and special guests.  Participants do not receive college credit for these courses.  However, they will learn valuable content, while being taught by experienced faculty on the campus of Youngstown State University.  And for those who worry more about grades and less about concept mastery, SHI removes that concern. Participants report the learning environment is: 

    • “Enjoyable” 
    • “Fun with other gifted and talented students. We challenge each other.” 
    • “Well worth the time spent at YSU.”
    • “Faculty invest in us for the week!”

Please go to courses for the 2016 selection. 

Cost of participation: Applications, and the fee schedule, are $85 for commuter, and $350 for residential. A limited number of spaces exist for both the non-residential and residential option. Therefore, applicants will be assigned to courses on a first-come, first-serve basis. Payment must accompany the application. The fee must be enclosed with the application in order to be assigned to the Institute. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Youngstown State University.  Parking is a separate fee for all participants and is payable as a daily rate through parking services.  
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