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Pre-Vet: Marine Animal Health and Veterinary Science – WAITLIST S2 & S3

Immerse yourself in the marine world and explore your passions for veterinary science, animal care, animal training and research.

The Pre-Vet: Marine Animal Health and Veterinary Science course will be hosted at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT where students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the marine world. Throughout this course students will be interacting with aquarium research scientists, veterinarians, animal trainers and animal rescue professionals to understand the science behind their work. Students will gain knowledge and experience through labs and activities focused on animals at Mystic Aquarium including penguins, seals, reptiles and fishes.

Through this course students will participate in labs, tours and activities that will increase their scientific literacy in genetics, hematology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology. Students will learn about careers and education/career pathways directly from working professionals to understand if animal health and veterinary science is a desirable education and career path. Journal discussions will develop students’ skills in reading and analysis of primary scientific literature.

The course involves off-site visits to Mystic Aquarium and the UConn, Avery Point Campus. Supervised transportation is provided by the program and is included in the course cost and fees. Parents/guardians and students will be required to submit Mystic Aquarium participation forms prior to attending this course.

Sessions Offered

Session 2: July 17 – July 23 WAITLIST

Session 3: July 24 – July 30 WAITLIST

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

Related Courses

Marine Biology

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Learn about a wide variety of careers in animal health and veterinary science, from professionals in all stages of their careers.
  • Participate in lab programs focused on hematology, microbiology, molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, and learn how each is utilized to analyze an animal’s health.
  • Observe feeding and training sessions with beluga whales, penguins and sea lions, and have the opportunity to learn from and ask questions of their animal care teams.
    • Please note: students will not have direct encounters with marine mammals.
  • Visit behind-the-scenes areas to view animal care, research and veterinary staff at work. This will include a visit to the animal rescue clinic to understand the veterinary care of both animals at the aquarium temporarily for rehabilitation as well as animals permanently in our care.
  • Explore current topics in marine mammal research during journal article discussions.

UConn PCS: Pre-Vet

UConn PCS: Pre-Vet

UConn PCS: Pre-Vet

Meet the Professor


 

UConn PCS: Maureen DriscollMaureen Driscoll, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Residence of Marine Sciences

Dr. Driscoll is a research scientist at Mystic Aquarium where she has worked for the last 6 years conducting research to assess the health of marine animals. Her two primary areas of focus are 1) developing methods to measure hormones and other biomarkers in alternative matrices such as feces, saliva, respiratory blow, and feathers; and 2) documenting the microbiomes of marine animals to see how bacterial communities contribute to their overall health. Her projects have focused on beluga whales, African penguins, seals, walruses, and amphibians. Dr. Driscoll received her B.S. in Biology from Salem State University, Salem MA and was awarded a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology with a concentration in Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island. She is also an Assistant-Professor-in-Residence at UConn, where she lectures for several Marine Biology courses. This is her forth summer teaching the Pre-vet course.

Maureen Driscoll, PhD, (https://marinesciences.uconn.edu/person/maureen-driscoll/) Research Fellow, Assistant Professor in Residence of UConn Marine Sciences.

Pre-Med: Musculoskeletal Injury and Pathology – WAITLIST

Understanding the Human Body and Injury

CLOSED

Are you interested in orthopedics, sports medicine, and related health-care fields? If you have ever wondered what REALLY happens when someone “sprains an ankle” or “tears an ACL”, this course is for you. Designed to provide an in-depth understanding of injury and the human body, this Pre-Med: Musculoskeletal Injury Pre-Summer course gives students the opportunity to explore their interests and see the inner workings of the human body.
In this course, we will examine anatomical changes that take place when someone experiences a musculoskeletal injury, especially those that occur in athletes and individuals who lead active lifestyles. We will replicate the structural changes of real-life injuries in UConn’s new, state of the art Human Anatomy Learning Lab through human cadaver dissection. This hands-on experience will provide an inside-out look at musculoskeletal injuries and is an opportunity that most students who are interested in the medical field are not afforded until graduate school.

Sessions Offered

Session 2: July 17 – July 23

Format

On-Campus, In-Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Use various technologies in lab activities (i.e. motion capture, neuromuscular assessment, and diagnostic ultrasound)
  • An understanding of evaluation of some of the most common musculoskeletal injuries, to further explore the consequences of these injuries

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Meet the Professors


 

Jeffrey M. Kinsella-Shaw, Ph.D., P.T. is an Associate Professor and Director of the DPT Program in the Department of Kinesiology. His areas of expertise include adult development, balance and falls, cognitive psychology, geriatric physical therapy, motor control, motor Learning, and neurological physical therapy.

Professor Kinsella-Shaw

Laurie Lee Devaney PT, ATC, PhD is an experienced educator with over 27 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. She has expertise in managing a range of musculoskeletal conditions and regularly presents at the state and national level on a variety of topics including manual therapy, clinical measurement, and management of patients with neck and shoulder conditions. In addition to her responsibilities in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Laurie enjoys working with student athletes in her role as Consultant to UConn Athletics and is actively involved in promoting student wellness as part of Innovate Student Wellness at UConn.

Laurie received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC in 1989 and has been an NATA Certified Athletic Trainer since 1993. She earned an Advanced Master of Science in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in 2000 and completed a PhD in Exercise Science at UConn in 2018. She is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapists. Laurie and her husband, Mark, live in Tolland and have three children.

Professor Devaney

Human Nutrition and Health – CLOSED

How does Dietary Behaviors Impact Human Body Function and Health?

The field of nutritional science explores the interactions between living organisms and food. Exploring nutritional science concepts is applicable to everyday life and a variety of professions that includes medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, dietetics, education, policy, and the food, retail, and restaurant industry. Taking this course will give you an advantage about how what we eat or drink impacts the functioning of the human body and a person's health.

This course will introduce you to the field of nutritional science and health. Students will have interactive in-class lectures with videos. In addition, students will use critical thinking skills to complete case studies and hands-on activities individually and small groups to further their understanding about dietary behaviors, nutrients in foods and the human body, and linking nutrient intake to overall health. In addition, students will learn about educational pathways and experiences leading to careers in healthcare, nutrition, and the food industry.

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Sessions Offered

 Session 2: July 17 – July 23

Format

On Campus, In Person

Related Courses

Public Health

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Identify factors that affect food and beverage selection
  • Identify specific nutrients in specific foods and beverages
  • Discuss how food is processed in the body
  • Explore the connection between dietary behaviors and health outcomes
  • Identify strategies and steps to pursue a career related to healthcare, nutrition, and the food industry

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Students in class

Meet the Professor


 

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Molika Chea is a Lecturer in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She has completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut majoring in Biological Sciences and Nutritional Sciences.

With an interest for understanding the nutrient function in foods and dietary behaviors, she continued her graduate studies in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She has conducted research with populations in Connecticut about meeting the recommendations for plant-based food groups and the ability to identify whole grain foods.

Dr. Chea currently teaches NUSC 1165: Fundamentals of Nutrition and NUSC 1167: Food, Culture, and Society during the academic year.

Pre-Law – WAITLIST

Experience the Law in Action

Oliver Wendell Holmes famously stated that “the life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.” In accordance with this observation, our Pre-Law course provides high school students with both academic and practical understandings of the law, legal education, and operations of the American criminal and civil justice systems as well as appellate processes. This course may be of particular interest to aspiring legal professionals as well as to those who have a curious interest in current legal issues.

Students leave this course prepared to enter a pre-law program at the college level with a more comprehensive understanding of legal theory, constitutional rights, as well as formal and informal systems for resolving disputes in the United States. Participation in simulations throughout the week bolster public-speaking skills. Engaging conversations centering on current legal issues feed each participant's intellectual curiosity.

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Sessions Offered

Session 2: July 17 - July 23

 

Format

On Campus, In Person

Related Courses

TBD

This class is meant to be immersive and students will:

  • Study theories of the law and the U.S. Constitution
  • Experience legal education by being a law student for a day during our visit to the UConn School of Law
  • Observe the American criminal justice system in action by visiting a local courthouse and meeting with real-life judges and prosecutors
  • Assess current issues relating to the civil justice justice system, particularly in relation to environmental litigation
  • Participate in the appellate process by way of a Moot Court simulation based on a highlighted case in constitutional law

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Meet the Professor


 

Dr. Kimberly R. Bergendahl is an Associate Professor in Residence in the Department of Political Science and also serves as its Internship Coordinator and advisor to Crime and Justice minors. A recipient of the 2018 Honors Faculty Member of the year award, Dr. Bergendahl teaches courses in the fields of Public Law, American Politics, and Political Theory. She has been teaching the Pre-Law course in the Pre-College Summer Program since 2017. She also served as the coach and advisor for the UCONN Moot Court Competition Team. Dr. Bergendahl received her B.A. from Southeastern Massachusetts University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Her current research interests include the Senate Judiciary Committee's review of Supreme Court nominations throughout history, local and state regulations on environmental toxins, the influence that popular culture has on the law, and Political Science education and civic engagement.

Dr. Bergendahl has been active in local politics, including her previous service as a Justice of the Peace and on the Planning and Zoning Commission in the Town of Pomfret. A native of Rhode Island, she now resides in Pomfret Center, Connecticut with her husband, John, an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. They have two children, Thomas and Meredith, as well as a Beagle named “Marcie.”

Read more about Dr. Bergendahl in UConn Today

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Biomedical Engineering – S2 & S4 WAITLIST

Solving our Healthcare Needs: Role of Biomedical Engineering

Exploring the tools biomedical engineers use to advance progress and make discoveries in healthcare and medicine

Biomedical Engineering is a confluence of engineering, computer science, and life science, and aims to solve health problems and thereby improve the quality of life. Being such a broad field, the typical college freshman can be overwhelmed with understanding what biomedical engineering is specifically about, finding out which of the sub-disciplines aligns with their interests, and most importantly determining whether the field is one that they would want to pursue a career in. This is an introductory, hands-on course that offers students the opportunity to acquaint themselves with biomedical engineering principles and their applications in the design of medical devices. Such devices form the backbone of medical procedures such as imaging, disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as the restoration of the functions of injured organs and body parts. Some of the topics to be explored are electro-physiological measurement devices, 3D designing and printing, and computer software for biological data analysis.

After completion of the course, students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of biomedical engineering in medical device innovation and technology, and describe the sub-disciplines of biomedical engineering and background required to be proficient in each area. Through hands-on design and prototyping of basic biomedical devices, students will develop problem analysis and solving, critical thinking, team work, and engineering skills.

UConn PCS: Biomedical Engineering

Sessions Offered

Session 2: July 17 - July 23

Session 4: July 31 - August 6

 

Format

On Campus, In Person

Related Courses

Chemistry

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Learn about the various research work biomedical engineers are currently pursuing, and the knowledge and skills needed to be competent in the field
  • Design and build basic medical device prototypes
  • Use a computer-aided design (CAD) software to design 3-dimensional (3D) physical structures and print them using a 3D printer

UConn PCS: Biomedical Engineering

UConn PCS: Biomedical Engineering

UConn PCS: Biomedical Engineering

Meet the Professor


 

Patrick Kumavor is an associate professor-in-residence in the biomedical engineering department of the University of Connecticut. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2008. Dr. Kumavor has worked on a plethora of research activities ranging from ultra-secure encryption systems to biomedical diagnostic instruments for early-stage cancer detection. He has also taught courses in Foundations of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Measurements, Bioinstrumentation, Bioinstrumentation optics, Junior Design, and Senior Design. In addition, he’s worked with several undergraduate students on Independent Research Study Projects. Dr. Kumavor’s present interest is working with undergraduate students to stimulate in them a passion for science and engineering.

Patrick Kumavor

Animation Studio – WAITLIST

Live Life Animated - Learn the Basics of Animations

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the “tricks of the trade,” storyboard development and character development. The class will also dig into contemporary topics such as collaborative storytelling and navigating multiple animation techniques within a single production. This will offer insight to the process used by professional studio animators.

The goal of this course is to empower students to make animations and then transfer that skill set to make their own animations own using limited materials and technology. Students learn how to make animations on their smart phones using different applications. This content can easily translate to portfolio materials for college applications. This is a great class for students who are curious about studying art, illustration or animation at the college level. No previous animation experience is required!

Sessions Offered

Session 2: July 17 – July 23

Format

On Campus, In Person

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Learn fundamentals of animation
  • Learn storyboard and character development
  • Experience "world building"
  • Create material for college application portfolio
  • Feel what it is like to take a college art class
  • Develop the ability to create animations with limited materials and technology
  • Leave with a framed piece of art work

UConn PCS: Animation

UConn PCS: Animation

UConn PCS: Animation

Meet the Professor


 

John O’Donnell a new media artist who uses a variety of mediums to convey a variety of messages. His current project is the creation of the TurtleDog franchise which is an immersive transmedia project that includes animation, comics, action figures, tape cassettes and 8-bit game design. His practice as a new media artist addresses artifice and nostalgia through representation through video, installation and performance. Ultimately, he is a studio artist compelled to create images that locate an ambiguous degree of resolution through applied awareness of content and form.

John has created performance and installation pieces for Blue House Arts, Dayton, OH, Glass Box Gallery, Seattle WA, New Britain Museum of American Art, Museum of New Art in Detroit, MI, Proof Gallery in Boston, MA, FluxSpace in Philadelphia, PA and SOHO20 Gallery in New York, NY. He has exhibited his prints at the Print Center in Philadelphia, the International Print Center in New York and Seoul Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea. His videos have been exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York and at film festivals in Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia.

John O'Donnell's website: https://www.johnodonnellprojects.com/

NYT Article about his work: Domestic Discombobulation in an Odd Kitchen

John O'Donnell