They have learned about careers in everything from medicine and biomedical research to engineering, education, social work and more. They have gained an understanding of what it takes to be successful in college – and many have gotten off to a flying start by earning college credits.
They have sharpened their entrepreneurial skills. They have told stories. They made music. And they have explored critical ethical questions facing our world.
Plus, they’ve grown individually and collectively, learning from each other—and from Rowan University students and educators committed to helping them nurture and discover their passions.
Indeed, for middle and high school students, summer on Rowan’s campuses meant days and weeks of intellectual challenge, career exploration… and fun. Here are a few highlights:
Ready for university
Based in Camden, Rowan’s long-running CHAMP/GEAR-UP program aims to increase the number of high school graduates who are willing to attend college.
About 90 Camden City School District students are involved in this summer’s six-week program, including 14 in a residential cohort on Rowan’s Glassboro campus. The program runs through August 5.
“They get hands-on experience in college,” said Winona Wigfall, director of Rowan’s CHAMP/GEAR-UP program. “They take a scholarship for college credits, as well as enrichment classes like public speaking, an SAT prep class, and a dance class with a Rowan professor.”
In addition to the summer component of CHAMP/GEAR-UP, the network of pre-college programming supports more than 400 students year-round with after-school tutoring, mentoring, leadership activities, college application and financial aid, scholarships, and more.
New this summer, the Storytelling Camp in the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts was a creative media arts program that provided high school, middle and high school students with learning experiences to better share stories.
The camp immersed students in a variety of mediums to become storytellers in creative fields such as art, advertising and public relations, photojournalism, creative writing, and sports communications.
On August 3, high school students will explore ethical challenges to prepare for college during a one-day Ethics and College Skills Workshop.
Presented by the Department of Philosophy & World Religions in the College of Humanities and Social SciencesDuring the workshop, 30 high school students, juniors and seniors will work on case studies and activities on topics such as environmental and business ethics, censorship, freedom of expression, social media, social justice and equality. The free workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the American Philosophical Association.
One hundred high school students from six South Jersey districts spend two weeks on campus for the first ROPES Summer Institute.
The Institute promotes opportunities for student success and job suitability in careers such as education, computer science, engineering, the music industry, and social services. The institute is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the United States Department of Education.
Offered year round, ROPES (Rowan University Opportunity for Postsecondary Excellence and Success) is a collaboration between the Education collegethe College of Humanities and Social Sciencesthe Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering and the College of Performing Arts.
On full STEAM ahead
Twenty-nine high school students and 19 high school students continued at full throttle this summer with programs focused on personal development, academic achievement, college readiness, and leadership.
The STEAM Academy courses offered in physics, environmental sciences, and video art, as well as workshops on SAT preparation, wellness, leadership, and career guidance.
Students could earn three credits toward the program, which included learning experiences such as a trip to Rowan University’s Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park and special evening activities.
The College of the Performing Arts offered this summer six distinctive camps for students in grades 7-12. The String Camp accepted students starting in seventh grade, while Band Camp, Vocal Camp, Composition Camp, Jazz Camp, and Music Technology and Business Camp served students in grades 9-12.
The camps are coordinated by the Rowan Community Music School and led by CPA educators and educators and performers.
Prepare for medicines
Rowan University’s Cooper Medical School four weeks summer day program introduced emerging 11th and 12th graders to the rigors of medical school. Students were introduced to four medical specialties – pathology, cardiopulmonology, gastroenterology and neurology – and participated in lectures, demonstrations, case-based learning activities and clinical simulations. This summer’s program consisted of two sections, MEDacademy and the Advanced MEDacademy Master’s, with approximately 60 students enrolled.
Educating future biomedical scientists
The High School Biomedical Scholars Program at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford gives students an early taste of careers in biomedical research and medicine. An immersive two-week learning experience, the program allows students to observe and conduct laboratory techniques and experiments in biomedical research with guidance from faculty and student mentors. In 2022, a maximum of 20 students would participate.
Fostering entrepreneurial thinking
The Rohrer College of Business this summer hosted its sixth annual Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy, a free program that offers transferable credits to any high school student who completes it. This summer, the program awarded its 1,000th free credit hour as 62 students not only completed the course, but did so by thinking and acting in ways that could benefit humanity.
Teaching RISE-ing engineers
For kids and high school students who like to craft, Rowan’s Introduction for Students to Engineering (RISE) Programs are a great way to discover new skills. offered by the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering and sponsored by PSEG, these summer workshops arouse students’ interest in engineering with fun, hands-on projects. The college offered three programs for 2022: RISE Jr., for fourth and fifth grade students; RISE MS for high school students; and RISE for high school students.