High School Summer Academy

Campus Center

If you've ever wanted to experience college life while still in high school, then Hanover's Summer Academy program may be the perfect opportunity. Our respected professors teach a wide range of subjects that will help engage and expand your interests as well as deepen your knowledge of a topic.

2015 Summer Academy Institutes: June 14-19, 2015

Acting and Playwriting Institute
Students interested in acting, playwriting, or both will work together with Professors Paul Hildebrand and Jim Stark to create new theatre work in an intensive process of writing and performance. Under their guidance, playwrights will create new short plays, actors will stage them, and then all collaborate in a constructive feedback process to help the writers make improvements in the scripts. By the end of this creative and busy week, writers will have a new play that has actually been staged, and actors will have experience in creating a role that they helped to shape. The workshop will culminate with staging of the plays before an invited audience. The student may participate as an actor, playwright, or both.

Ceramic Art Institute
This Ceramic Art Institute, taught by Associate Professor of Art Leticia Bajuyo, is an introduction to throwing wheel and hand building methods for making with clay.  We will start with functional forms and grow from there.  Students will also learn techniques in creating surface texture and for altering thrown forms off the wheel. As the class progresses, students will be encouraged to create more complex forms that combine sculpture and function.  At the conclusion of the Ceramic Art Institute, students will return home with fired stoneware artworks including some glaze fired pieces.

Environmental Science Institute
Spend a week exploring the ecology of southeastern Indiana with Biology Professor Darrin Rubino. Carved by the ice ages, with rolling hills, forested bluffs, dramatic ravines and the Ohio River Valley, southeastern Indiana is one of the most biologically diverse and geologically interesting areas of the state. You will be able to assess the environmental quality of our local creeks and streams, investigate climate using tree ring analysis, learn to identify our local flora, fauna (and their behavior) and have a great experience doing so at our Environmental Education Center and the campus' state-of-the-art laboratories. You'll also travel to local forests, including an old growth forest. Using the tools of modern science to study the natural world, the week will culminate in a science scholars’ symposium where you'll have the opportunity to present your findings.

Forensic Science Institute

Filled early in 2014

Using modern scientific techniques and the resources of the Science Division at Hanover College, you'll work with Chemistry Professor Craig Philipp examining blood, bones and trace evidence to try and determine the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of a simulated crime.

From Script to Screen
Learn the steps of taking a short film from screenplay form to finished movie. Students will learn what it takes to make those blockbuster films by shooting their own short film versions of some well-known movies. From preproduction to production to post production, students will have hands-on experience. The week ends with a showing of the class projects.

Health Science Institute

Filled early in 2014

How do we save the patient? What are the vital signs? Can we get a blood culture? Working alongside medical professionals and Hanover's faculty, you'll explore health care careers and medical education using a state-of-the-art human patient simulator (robot). Working as part of a health care team, you'll try to diagnose and then treat the patient before it is too late! This summer's Health Science Institute will focus on the health science behind human performance. Whether you are an athletic trainer treating a college athlete, an occupational therapist working with a developmentally delayed child, or a surgeon operating to clear the arteries of a stroke victim, you are working to preserve or enhance human performance. From clinical settings to the sports field, and from psychology to everyday wellness, we’ll look at what science can tell us about how the human body performs. Additionally, we'll meet multiple health care professionals who will discuss their education and career paths and share how they deal with issues of human performance in their patients each day.

Pre-Law Institute

Filled early in 2014

If the idea of battling it out in the courtroom appeals to you, then join Professor Bill Bettler and Hanover graduate Jeremy Castle for the Pre-Law Institute. In addition to learning about the American legal system, you'll gain insight into the kinds of critical thinking, reading and writing skills that law school requires, as well as how the admission process works. Throughout the week, you will have the chance to learn about the American political system, explore the way judges make decisions, read and debate real Supreme Court cases, and interact with law students and practicing attorneys. If you think law school may be in your future or if you're just curious about the American legal system, then this is the Institute for you!  

Psychology of Media Institute
Media — computers, television, movies, music, books, etc. — permeate almost every aspect of our lives. Focusing on movies as our primary examples, you'll explore alongside of Psychology Professor Skip Dine Young and Communication Professor Bill Bettler what makes media so entertaining and so powerful. You'll learn how the images and stories found in media influence thought and behavior, as well as consider how they become part of our understanding of who we are as individuals and as a society.

Writer’s Institute
We will spend a week taking Stephen King’s advice to writers: “You must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut.”  Under the guidance of Dr. Geoffrey Weiss, the group will read examples of powerful written communication, workshop their own previous writing, and produce new work in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction genres.  Among other activities, we will study is the dreaded “college application essay,” asking the question “What if Weird Al wrote an application essay” as a way to discover what works and doesn’t work in that genre.


Registration will open in November.


Will I stay on campus?
Yes, in one of Hanover's air-conditioned dorms, with meals served in the Campus Center dining room or provided on field trips.

What does the program cost?
The cost for each institute ranges from $600 to $700. This includes housing, meals and supplies.

Where is the Academy?
The Academy will take place at Hanover College in southeastern Indiana.

Is there an application deadline? 
The application deadline is May 15. Each institute will be capped at a limited number of students, so applying early is encouraged. Many of the 2014 Institutes were full by March.

For more information email summeracademy@hanover.edu or call 812-866-6700.