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Jason Clemence leading the Tufts Summer Writing Program

Tufts Summer Writing Program (CSS 0094)

You’re already a writer. Even if you don’t see yourself as one, you write all the time: e-mails, blogs, journals, letters, papers, fan fiction, notes in class—the list could go on indefinitely. On the other hand, you’re also taking in information all the time: videos, novels, books, television shows, movies, websites. In this six-week intensive introduction to college writing, you’ll be encouraged to build on your critical thinking skills and see the world around you as a "text," waiting for interpretation.

Your task as a maturing writer is to learn to communicate your thoughts and analysis effectively. It’s true that college-level writing is distinctive in its formality, but in many ways you engage your readers in academic writing just as you try to reach them on Facebook or Twitter; you want to say something compelling about yourself or the world around you.

The Tufts Summer Writing Program provides a distinctive forum for your writing endeavors. Using texts and film, you'll learn to navigate the relationship between writer and reader, and develop critical literary skills. With in-class free-writing exercises, informal sketches, drafts, and revisions, you will write three papers that build on a specific theme. The program’s instructor will provide you with regular evaluation of your skills and development as a writer. Guest speakers will challenge you to push your writing in new directions and will show you how good writing is useful in whatever major you choose in college or job you take in life. Your final project will be a writing portfolio that stands as a testament to your growing literary skills.

Course Detail

  • Class meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • The course is worth 3 credits
  • A Wednesday afternoon extra study section may be scheduled as needed. This additional session will be used to conduct additional course activities, such as a writing lab, group feedback sessions, or other writing exercises as determined by the instructor
  • The first class meets on Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • The last class meets on Thursday, August 8, 2019

The cost of this course is $2,970.

Foundations of Law and Ethics (CSS 0091)

Are you considering a career as an attorney or looking at a pre-law course of study in college?

This summer, consider the practice of the law and our modern legal system from the perspectives of philosophy, the history of jurisprudence, and current social and applied sciences.

The Foundations of Law & Ethics program will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of legal thinking, examined through the lens of historical and contemporary issues. Improve your ability to write and convey your viewpoints more clearly, assess the validity of arguments, and learn to identify mistakes in reasoning. Exploring these foundations of legal thought and practice will give you the opportunity to see yourself in the role of an advocate for others and help you to assess your interest in this field.

You will gain insights in five key areas: history of legal thinking; philosophy of justice; the relationship between legal theory and scientific research; the study of valid and effective forms of linguistic communication; and the exploration of important, concrete legal issues such as hate speech, juvenile punishment, and mitigating mental factors. Additionally, you will be introduced to current legal issues through guest lectures by experts in law, philosophy, psychiatry, and forensic neuroscience.

You will also participate in group exercises that will help improve critical thinking, public speaking and presentation skills. Opportunities include debates, argumentation, forensic activities, moot court, and more.

When you are finished with the Foundations of Law & Ethics course, you will have gathered knowledge about potential professional law careers from those currently practicing in the field, gained valuable insights into the preparation and training most needed during undergraduate and law school studies, honed your public speaking and presentation skills, and you might just get a better picture of yourself as a practicing attorney.

Course Details

  • Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The course is worth 3 credits
  • The last hour of each class will be used to conduct special course activities, such as debate, forensic exercises, or moot court
  • The first class meets on Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Te last class meets on Thursday, August 8, 2019

The cost of this course is $2,970.

Health Science Honors (CSS 0090)

Learn about the philosophy and practice of medicine. As a Health Science Honors student, you will attend weekly physiology and anatomy lectures/labs and learn about the human body as well as its functions. You will participate in an exclusive series of behind-the-scenes visits to area hospitals, clinics, and medical laboratories. Through group sessions and the observation of patient treatments, you will discover the importance of thorough and compassionate patient interviewing skills.

In addition, the Health Science Honors program will give you experience in physical examination skills and diagnostic reasoning and show you firsthand the specialized procedures in diagnostic imaging, invasive cardiology, and general surgery. Alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and mind-body techniques, are also included.

The course will be taught by Rodolfo Villarreal-Calderon, MD, Resident in Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center, and other faculty and physicians. The team approach to instruction gives students meaningful interactions with multiple medical specialties and distinct points of view on patient care.

Course Details

  • Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The course is worth 3 credits
  • Occasional field trips to medical facilities will require that students meet off-site at the appropriate time
  • The first class meets on Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • The last class meets on Thursday, August 8, 2019

The cost of this course is $2,970.

Bioinformatics Inquiry through Sequencing (CSS 0092)

Many recent advances in biology revolve around analysis of large-scale genomic information to gain insight into biological systems and processes. Next-generation sequencing technology enabled much of this research, but access to this technology has been limited to researchers at top-tier universities – beyond the reach of high school students and teachers. As DNA sequencing becomes faster, cheaper, and increasingly ubiquitous, this limitation no longer makes sense. For students interested in careers as doctors, forensic biologists, computer scientists, medical researchers, and other life scientists, exposure to sequencing and bioinformatics is critical.

This summer, Tufts is offering a six-week course for rising high school seniors titled Bioinformatics Inquiry through Sequencing, or BioSeq. This course will allow students to experience the excitement of participating in a genuine research-based activity in the field of bioinformatics. In the process, they will have the opportunity to learn important molecular biology and genetics laboratory techniques, work with a next-generation DNA sequencer, and use advanced computer technology to gather and make sense of the data.

Tufts faculty and graduate students will lead a variety of activities, from transforming bacteria to performing polymerase chain reactions (PCR), and sequencing DNA. Students will have an opportunity to learn about different mutations and the microbiome – the microbes that colonize our bodies and the environment. Students will be introduced to bioinformatics – the use of computer technology to collect, organize, and analyze complex biological data.

The BioSeq course will give students the rare opportunity to learn about cutting-edge developments in next-generation DNA sequencing with first-hand experience in collecting and analyzing real experimental data. Students will be exposed to all the components of an active research environment, including proposal preparation, data analysis, collaboration, and mentoring.

Tufts faculty and graduate students supervise all classroom and project work. They have outstanding backgrounds in many different areas of computer science, biology, and chemistry, combined with a commitment to inspire interest in science by creating opportunities for young scientists to participate in real-world research.

Although the course is at the entry level, interested high school students must have completed either AP or honors biology.

Course Details

  • Class meets on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • The course is worth 3 credits
  • Additional sections for special events may be scheduled as need
  • The first class meets on Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • The last class meets on Thursday, August 8, 2019

The cost of this course is $2,970.

College Prep 101 Workshop

At Tufts, we know preparing for College is a difficult task and we are here to help! Learn from real Undergraduates, Grad Students, and field-experts as you discover the skills you need to prepare for college applications, college life, and beyond!

Our hallmark college prep offering, this program begins each day with a workshop during which students will explore topics like career / major planning, time management, interview skills, resume building, and library research. Each afternoon, students will attend a college admissions session and tour at one of the many leading Universities in the Boston area. Schools may include: Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, Brown, Emerson, Brandeis University, etc.

A box lunch will be provided each day of the workshop.

Course Details

  • Class meets each Friday from July 2nd – August 9th from 9am – 5pm:
    • July 5, 2019
    • July 12, 2019
    • July 19, 2019
    • July 26, 2019
    • August 2, 2019
    • August 9, 2019

The cost of this workshop is $1,665.