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Project SMART 2022

Program Description

Project SMART is a Summer Institute at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) that challenges, educates, and motivates talented high school students in science and mathematics while acquainting them with the environment and resources of the University as a place for higher education and research.

 

 

Dear student/parent/teacher:

As you probably know by now, many UNH on-campus summer programs have been cancelled or modified because of the situation with COVID-19. As bad as we all feel about not offering the UNH Project SMART Summer Institute-2022 live on-campus this summer, we must do our best and not give up the fun things that we can do, even though they may just be ‘half-the-fun’. After giving a serious thought to what we could do, we have decided to do Project SMART-Summer Institute 2022 online (via Zoom), as we did in the past two years. Sadly, only one of the three modules (Biotechnology and Society) will be offered this year. The past two years of experience indicated a high degree of interest. So, here are some details of the program for this year (2022). The fact that we cannot have a gathering at UNH and would still like to make the program largely concurrent for everyone who participates, it would be limited to students from the East coast and the Central Time Zones of the US and those from Europe and further east. It will be offered online and concurrently (live) at times which are more suitable to students from these time zones.

There are obvious disadvantages (the most obvious being the lack of hands-on lab experience), but there are some advantages as well (to be positive about the whole situation with COVID-19) for it being online and thus available to students from distant places with no cost of travel to hem, and a much lower program fee. The Biotechnology program as planned will cover all topics of lectures and discussions (that we generally cover in the regular Biotechnology section) during the three weeks and provide a unique experience to the students about the field of biotechnology and genetic engineering, including the applications and social implications of these technologies.

Project SMART Summer Institute 2022 will run July 11-29, 2022. The program fee will be $500 and, partial or full scholarships will be available to those who cannot afford the cost. We expect a diverse group of students from the US as well as Europe. We will meet three days a week for 3 hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays simultaneously online via ZOOM. The suggested times are from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Eastern US time. All lectures will be recorded and available to the students for later viewing.

Please contact me via email, Subhash.Minocha@unh.edu OR Lisa.Buchalski@unh.edu for questions about applying for the program. Applications will be accepted until June 10, 2022. Upon acceptance of the application, you will receive details of online registration and payment of fees.

I look forward to hearing from you soon about your intent to join. Best regards to you all.

Subhash Minocha, Director Project SMART Summer Institute 2022

 

What do the Participants Do?

They study advanced topics in science, mathematics and computers through lectures, demonstrations, hands-on laboratory experience, and field trips, and learn the process of research with UNH faculty and graduate students. The Summer Institute provides an excellent opportunity to learn the interdisciplinary nature of the various science areas and the integration of math and computers with the scientific research. Best of all, develop life-long friendships.

 


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