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May 16, 2006
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EMU's Summerquest program gives high school students chance to investigate career paths

YPSILANTI - Some high school students will spend part of their summer watching reruns of crime show or playing computer games. Students enrolled in Eastern Michigan University’s Summerquest program will spend part of their summer investigating mock crime scenes and learning the basics of 3-D modeling.

            Summerquest is a weeklong academic program for high schoolers entering grades 10-12, designed to introduce them to various careers. The program, which runs June 25 – July 1, offers seven career tracks:

•  TeenSERT (Safety & Emergency Response Training) certifies students to be first responders in an emergency. Students learn how to administer CPR and first aid; use a fire extinguisher; sterilize water and equipment; and identify trauma and communicate using hand signals;

•  Crime Scene Investigation gives students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on chemistry lab and conduct experiments at mock crime scenes. They learn fingerprint analysis, blood splatter analysis and hair analysis, among other crime-fighting techniques;

•  Forensics prepares students to compete in and win forensics competitions;

3-D Modeling and Simulation teaches computer modeling by using AutoDesk Inventor 10 software. Students also will create simulations from models using 3-Ds Discreet Studio Max;

•  Theatre offers intensive instruction and hands-on experience in theatre production, both on stage and behind the scenes;

•  Technology and African American Studies allows students to learn about African American issues while increasing their technology skills. Students also will create their own Web site and Power Point presentations and will visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit; and

•  Multimedia Authoring teaches students how to use multimedia-authoring software. Participants will then incorporate audio and video into multimedia projects.

            “Summerquest provides an in-depth academic experience for high school students,” said Dave Gore, co-chair for the program. “Participants will experience the total university experience such as living in the residence hall; being exposed to cultural diversity and learning more about college in general.”

            “It’s a great program,” said Katie Strand-Evans, co-chair. “It helps students make decisions about what they want to do as a career and helps them decide if college is right for them.”

            Each program has 10-15 openings, which allows for individual attention, said Strand-Evans. The program attracts students from throughout Michigan and from Ohio and Indiana.

            The fee for Summerquest is $595, which includes room, board and instruction. Partial scholarships are available for several of the programs.

            Interested students can obtain an application from the Web site at www.emich.edu/summerquest. The deadline for applications is June 5.

            Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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