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UNH Summer Youth Academies for Students in Grades 8-12 Focus on Engineering, Biotechnology, Crime Scene Investigation, Finance

Release Date:
5/13/2013 12:00 AM

Summer Youth Academy

WEST HAVEN, CONN. – The University of New Haven will offer daytime youth academies at its main campus, 300 Boston Post Road, this summer.

The academies are:

Biotechnology Summer Institute (July 8-12) will allow students to try scientific techniques such as DNA extraction, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and gel electrophoresis. Students will also transform a bacterium with engineered DNA. 

Open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, the academy will explore epidemiology techniques, examine how epidemics turn into pandemics, and discuss ways to contain an epidemic and distribute a new vaccine. The cost of the camp is $500.  For more information, go to

The TEAM-based Engineering and Manufacturing Summer Camp (July 8-19), sponsored by Sikorsky, will involve professors not only from UNH but also from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The program will introduce high school students to authentic engineering practices. During the two-week program, students will learn to use CATIA v6, the 3D design software used by Sikorsky, Boeing, Airbus, Ford, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and other industries involved in the design and manufacture of complex systems. Students will work collaboratively on challenge projects, testing, validating, and refining their designs, mimicking the collaborative engineering process used by today’s global workforce. The cost of the camp is $650. For more information, go to

Crime Scene Investigation Academy will have two sessions (July 22 – 26 and July 29 – Aug. 2).  Open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, the camp will teach students how to analyze fingerprints, footprints, tire tracks, tool marks, blood spatter and other evidence, as well as how to take crime-scene photography.  It will also cover the history of policing investigations and Constitutional law. The cost is $600. For more information, go to: .

Engineering and Science Summer Experience (Aug. 5 – 9) will include workshops on writing software, designing, building and testing model aircraft, and the chemistry of food.  There will also be sessions on mathematics, alternative energy, forensic science and photo modeling. This camp is open to students in the eighth through the tenth grade and costs $500. For more information, go to

Summer Finance Academy (Aug. 13 and 14) will focus on the U.S. economy, financial markets, financial math, personal finance and other important business topics. The two-day camp will include information about career opportunities in business in general and finance in particular as well as provide information on the principles of economics, business math as it applies to practical topics such as student and car loans, mortgages and Time Value of Money applications. The camp is open to high school juniors and seniors and costs $200. For more information, go to

General information on the youth academies and registration information are available at

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide, and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.