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Project SMART 2020

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.



June 3, 2020

Dear Project SMART Summer Institute 2020½ Participants:

As you probably know by now, all UNH on-campus summer programs have been cancelled because of the situation with COVID-19. As bad as we all feel about not offering the UNH Project SMART Summer Institute-2020 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 2020½ . The ‘half’ is because of the design of the program that we’ll offer – sadly only one module and without the accompanying hands-on lab experience; the module will be Biotechnology. My initial correspondence with some teachers and students who have applied for the program, indicates a high degree of interest. So, here are some details of the program for this year. 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 of the US and those from Europe. It will be offered online and concurrently (live) at times which are more suitable to students from limited 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 the them, 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. In addition, I have been reading a lot about the viruses (microbial, plant, and animal/human), especially the Corona viruses; and will devote a considerable amount of time to this topic to bring the participants up to date with the science of COVID19 Pandemic. We will definitely talk about the lab techniques relevant to each topic, but sadly no hands-on experience at this time. For those of you, who are interested, we could do a special program in the winter or summer vacations on campus, assuming that we are all open.

Project SMART Summer Institute 2020½ will run July 13-31, 2020. 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 about 2.5 - 3 hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays simultaneously online via ZOOM. The suggested times are from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM Eastern US time. All lectures will be recorded and available to the students for later viewing.

Please contact me via email, OR to pre-register for the program. Registration is open through July 6, 2020. Upon confirmation, we will send you a link to complete your student’s registration and make your payment.

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 2020½



Transcripts for Project SMART grades, 2018, -- INCO 430 Section 01 (Biotechnology) Section 02 (Marine and Environmental Science), please click here: Follow the instructions on how to request your transcript, and this also gives a link to the UNH IT Help desk if you need to retrieve your username and password.



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Who is eligible?

The program is open to talented high school students who are currently enrolled in the 10th or 11th grade.

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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