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Summer Honors Institute to Continue at Ohio Northern University

Jan 6, 2009

An Ohio Department of Education (ODE) grant will make it possible for Ohio Northern University to host its annual Summer Honors Institute (SHI) for gifted and talented Ohio high school students. This grant marks the fifth consecutive year of the program.

ODE funding has increased from $50,000 in SHI's first year to $79,044 for 2009. These increases mirror the rising popularity of the Institute. In 2008, SHI hosted more than 225 students, a 50-student increase from 2007 and a more than 150-student increase since the program's inception. A significant number of students return for a second year and participate in multiple sessions.

SHI features 15 week-long courses designed to give high school students an engaging look at college-level material. New for 2009 is a course in field archeology. The program schedule is as follows:

July 5-10:
Design: Think. Know. Do.
Crime Scene Investigation (Basic)
Ohio Natural History
Physics of Cedar Point
Mock Trial

July 12-17:
Archaeology: Dig It
Crime Scene Investigation (Basic)
Entrepreneurship: Be Your Own Boss

July 19-24:
Philosophy: A Tour Through Literature and Film
Engineering Pathways
Crime Scene Investigation (Advanced)
Chemistry: What's It Done For You Lately? (Cookies, Drugs, and Heart Attacks)
Upstage, Downstage! A Week in Theatre

July 26-31:

Dr. Dennis De Luca, associate professor of biological science, initiated the development of SHI and will again serve as director. He is responsible for the Institute's day-to-day operations, financial oversight, report writing, and completion of the application process.

Of the program, De Luca says, "I love to meet and interact with students from all corners of Ohio and our backyard. I get to see the students interact with ONU faculty and grow just in one week. I would not miss these summer programs for anything knowing what the students gain through experiences with the faculty, guest lecturers and the staff."

De Luca can be contacted at 419-772-2331 or