Published on April 24, 2014 by Sean Flynt  

Samford University is offering a variety of academic programs for high school students and adults during the summer of 2014.  Options include:

Samford's Minority Youth Science Academy July 6-9 will help prepare outstanding minority high school students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The rising 10th-12th grade students will live on Samford's campus as they participate in experiments in biology and engineering/technology, college application counseling, study skills and test preparation, social activities, networking and mentoring, and Q&A with minority scientists and college science students.

J.D. Calling is a residential program for a limited number of high school students called to careers in law. Activities will include preparation and presentation of a mock trial, advice about academic preparation and law school application, teamwork activities, courthouse tour, analysis of legal cases that impact high school students, and discussion panels featuring noted attorneys and current law students.

M.D. Calling is a residential summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors, June 22-25. The camp will feature pre-med advising, expert panels, networking, field trips and summer fun.

Samford's Department of Classics is partnering with Ascanius: The Youth Classics Institute to offer LatinSummer, the oldest and largest program of its type in the nation. The camp will be held 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. weekdays July 14-25. Registration is open to any student currently enrolled in grades one through seven. No prior knowledge of Latin or classics is required. Participants will explore how the ancient Roman world has shaped our own as they learn about mythology, Roman culture and the Latin language. Hands-on activities will include carving inscriptions, building models, playing language games and creating Roman clothing.

The University Fellows Great Ideas Summer Institute (GISI) is a unique residential academic experience for high school students July 6-12 and July 13-19. The institute offers an opportunity for intellectually ambitious students to enjoy the energy of a college classroom, engage ideas that form the essence of the Western Intellectual Tradition, and develop friendships with exceptional high school students from around the country. All classes are discussion-oriented and are led by full-time Samford faculty. Students are assisted in their stay by student representatives from Samford's prestigious University Fellows Program.

Two sessions are being offered for the Quantitative Finance Summer Institute, which will run currently with the University Fellows GISI. Sessions are July 6-12 and July 13-19. These five-day seminars will allow high school students to study the mathematical and analytical methods used in modern finance.

Howard College of Arts and Sciences will host Building Our Energy Future: A Symposium on the Global status and Future of Energy May 19-21. Participants will explore a host of energy issues, including traditional energies and emerging technologies and resources. Sessions will be led by state, national and international experts, and participants will have the option of field trips to Southern Company facilities.

Animate is a hands-on worship workshop June 29-July 2 to equip young artists for worship leadership and encourage congregations to regularly engage young people in worship. With guidance from prominent liturgical theologians and worship practitioners, participants will work together and independently to discuss worship. Then, with prompting from artists of all types, they will create resources to use in worship with their own congregations.

High school debaters who take part in the 40th annual Summer Debate Institute June 22 -July 5 will learn 21st century debating skills from a national-caliber adult staff at a program with a track record of success.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy is hosting a June 22-27 Pharmacy Camp for rising high school juniors and seniors to learn about careers in pharmacy.  Among other activities, students will participate in compounding and tour local health-care facilities. The camp is full for 2014.

The Department of Kinesiology in partnership with Champion Sports Medicine will host the second annual Athletic Training Summer Clinic June 9-10. The clinic provides high school students with the opportunity to explore a career as an athletic trainer. Participants may choose from two tracks--Red (for first time students) or Blue for returning students. Registration must be received by May 21.

Samford's School of the Arts is offering two summer academic experiences. The Piano and Chamber Music Institute is June 8-14 and provides talented precollege students an opportunity to enhance performance abilities while simultaneously increasing general knowledge of music through music history, music theory, ear training and keyboard literature classes.

 The Magic Circle is a summer experience for high school students interested in theatre.  Participants will stage a production of "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood." The camp is June 2-6 and 9-14. High school juniors and seniors also can choose additional master classes.

Each summer, Samford hosts the Alabama Governor's School for rising high school seniors who are nominated by their respective schools. Students spend two weeks in classes, field trips and other learning experiences coordinated by Samford faculty and staff.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.