About YSU's Summer Honors Institute
Mission: Youngstown State University's Summer Honors Institute offers gifted and talented students the opportunity to explore and discover new information in a wide range of disciplines. Courses have been developed by outstanding university faculty with the dual purpose of introducing students to a specific discipline that is not available to them in a high school setting and providing activities designed for more in-depth study. Courses are also designed to provide a high degree of student interaction using a variety of "hands-on" activities. Appropriate alternative learning experiences are also utilized.
Eligibility for Participation: YSU Summer Honors Institute is limited to students who have completed either 10th or 11th grade by June 2013 and who have been formally identified as gifted and talented as defined by the Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15 or the state criteria for gifted identification in the state in which the student resides. A building principal, gifted coordinator, guidance counselor, school psychologist, or other administrator who can verify test/instrumentation data must also recommend the student (see Student Eligibility Confirmation Form). The signature of the authorized school official certifies this determination.
Non-Residential & Residential Options: The YSU Summer Honors Institute has traditionally been a non-residential program. However, due to former participant feedback there exists an interest in offering a residential component, which will be offered this year as a pilot program. Therefore, a limited number of spots for seniors wanting to take part in a residential experience are available. Details of how to enroll in either the non-residential or residential component is available on our website in our application packet. Students in the non-residential program must provide their own transportation to and from campus each day. Residential students will be housed in the Cafaro House for the week.
The Academics: Each participant will be enrolled in two classes (one morning; one afternoon). At the conclusion of the week, participants will have an opportunity to demonstrate their learning in each class at what we call the Friday Celebration. The Friday Celebration, held in the afternoon from 1-4, showcases student learning to parents, faculty, and special guests.
Residential Program: Evenings for residential students will be filled with opportunities to expand upon their learning in a variety of ways. Participants will check into the Honors Residence Hall on Sunday, June 16 starting at 5:00 PM. Families will be welcomed, and students checked into their rooms. Learning topics during the evenings will include: Networking 101, Fine Tuning Social Skills to Enhance Success; YSU 101, Building Keys to Academic Success by YSU Deans and Faculty; Youngstown 101: Hidden Gems of the City, a cultural exploration; and Leadership 101: Profiles in Leadership.
Cost for Participation: Applications are available on the SHI website. A limited number of spaces exist for both the non-residential and residential option. Therefore, applicants will be assigned to courses on a first-come, first-serve basis. Payment must accompany the application. The non-residential application fee is $45 (nonrefundable), and the residential applicant fee is $300 (nonrefundable), which includes housing, linens and meals for the week. The fee must be enclosed with the application in order to be assigned to the Institute. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Youngstown State University. Parking is a separate fee for all participants and is payable as a daily rate through parking services.
Application Deadline: Application packets are available on the Honors Office website on this page and are due by March 8, 2013.
For questions or more information, contact Sharyn Fees or Amy Cossentino.