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Pre-Med: Explore the Medical Field – S1, S2, S3, S4 & S5 – WAITLIST

Is Medicine for you?

Medicine is a long-term commitment that requires many years of training. Given this, many students find it difficult to decide whether medicine is the right career path for them. Through this one-week long program, students will gain insight into what it is like to be a physician. Students will have an opportunity to engage directly with physicians who are passionate about their work. Simultaneously, students will get to explore the state of the art UConn Health Center which is entering an era of unprecedented growth in all three areas of its mission: academics, research, and clinical care.

In addition, students will have an opportunity to gain guidance from UConn's Pre-Med academic advising staff. Moreover, students will be provided supervised transportation from the UConn Storrs campus to the UConn Health Center in Farmington. Students will return to the Storrs campus at the end of each academic day.

UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Med Explore the Medical Field

Sessions Offered

Session 1: June 23 – June 29

Session 2: June 30 – July 6

Session 3: July 7 – July 13

Session 4: July 14 – July 20

Session 5: July 21 – July 27

Format

Residential, Non-Credit

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

  • Throughout the week, students will delve into the following aspects of medicine:
  • Practice of basic skills
  • Exploration of common examinations
  • Brief overview of selected topics in cardiology and gastroenterology
  • Demonstration of a mock “code”

UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Med Explore the Medical Field

UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Med Explore the Medical Field

UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Med Explore the Medical Field

Schedule at a Glance


 

7am: Breakfast

8am: Depart to UConn Health

9am – 12pm: Class

12pm – 1pm: Lunch at UConn Health Cafeteria*

1pm – 4pm: Class

4pm: Depart to UConn Storrs

5pm – 7pm: Dinner

7pm – 9pm: Social Programming

10:30pm: Room Checks

*On Friday student will depart from UConn Health after lunch and head back to UConn Storrs to attend a Closing Ceremony from 2:40pm – 4:45pm

Meet the Professors


 

The UConn Pre-College Summer Pre-Med: Explore the Medical Field course will be taught by various doctors, professionals, and consultants from UConn Health. UConn Health is a vibrant, integrated academic medical center that is entering an era of unprecedented growth in all three areas of its mission: academics, research, and clinical care. A commitment to human health and well-being has been of utmost importance to UConn Health since the founding of the University of Connecticut Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine in 1961. Based on a strong foundation of groundbreaking research, first-rate education, and quality clinical care, we have expanded our medical missions over the decades. In just over 50 years, UConn Health has evolved to encompass more research endeavors, to provide more ways to access our superior care, and to innovate both practical medicine and our methods of educating the practitioners of tomorrow.

Each session will have a lead physician.


UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Med Explore the Medical Field Shobhana Pathani

Shobhana Pathani, M.D

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Lead Physician: Session 1, 4, and 5

Dr. Shobhana Pathani is a hospitalist physician at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She completed her training in Internal Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. She has a deep passion for teaching as well as mentoring residents and medical students which she explores through her work as a faculty member at the University of Connecticut. In addition, she plays an active role in the success of an annual university summer program centered around providing high school students with exposure to a career in medicine.


Ashita Mittal, D.O.

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine

Lead Physician: Session 2

Dr. Ashita Mittal is a hospitalist physician at UConn John Dempsey Hospital. She completed her training in Internal Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She is passionate about all aspects of medicine and looks forward to mentoring the next generation of physicians.


Jin W. Kim, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine

Lead Physician: Session 3

Dr. Jin Kim is a hospitalist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at UConn Health and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  He also serves as Medical Director of Nocturnists, being a part of the medical staff since the inception of the nocturnist program at John Dempsey Hospital, where he plays an active role in the development of the night rotation teaching curriculum.

He received his undergraduate degree at Tufts University and his medical degree at the University of Connecticut.  He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine, serving as Associate Chief Resident in his final year, before moving back to Connecticut to take on his current hospitalist/nocturnist role.  He has an ongoing enthusiasm for his role in teaching and supporting medical residents, medical students, and pre-med students, finding each stage of training to be vital in career direction and professional development.


The following physicians, professionals, and consultants from UConn Health listed below will not be presenting every session.

Agnest S. Kim, M.D., Ph. D.


Agnest S. Kim, M.D., Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging and Echocardiography Lab
Director, Cardio-Oncology Program

Dr. Kim provides care to patients with a wide range of cardiovascular illnesses, including coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, and cardiomyopathy. She has expertise in advanced non-invasive cardiac imaging, including echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac MRI, and vascular ultrasounds. She has a particular interest in the cardiac care of cancer patients.

Dr. Kim received her bachelor’s degree at Yale College. She received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. After residency, she completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at Yale-New Haven Hospital, during which she also obtained a Ph.D. in investigative medicine.

Debapriya Datta, M.D., FCCP

Debapriya Datta, MD, FCCP

Professor of Medicine
Director, Critical Care Clerkship, UConn SOM
Associate Program Director, UConn Pulmonary-Critical Care Fellowship Program
Director, PFT laboratory, CPET Program & PERT Program, UConn Health

Dr Datta is a pulmonary, sleep medicine and critical care medicine physician at UConn Health. She has completed her medical training including residency and fellowship at UConn Health Center. She treats patients with a wide variety of pulmonary disorders as well as patients with critical illnesses admitted to the ICU. Her clinical interests include dyspnea evaluation, exercise physiology, pulmonary embolism and ventilator weaning and ICU outcomes.

She is actively involved in teaching medical students at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine during their clinical rotations in the ICU, hospital floors, and outpatient clinics. She also works closely with trainees- medicine residents and pulmonary–critical care medicine fellows. She is passionate about medical education and has won several teaching awards. She is also involved in medical outcome research and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national and international scientific meetings to her credit.

George Y. Wu, M.D., Ph.D.


George Y. Wu, M.D., Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Hepatology Section, and Herman Lopata Chair in Hepatitis Research

University of Connecticut Health Center.

He graduated with a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Rochester, and received an M.D. and Ph.D. (biochemistry) from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Harlem Hospital, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and received subspecialty training in digestive diseases at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has been a pioneer in the field of targeted delivery of biological substances specifically to liver cells, hepatocytes. He developed the concept of targeted rescue, targeted gene delivery, an immunocompetent model for HCV infection, and most recently targeted delivery of mitochondria. He has received numerous awards and prizes including the American Liver Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award, and an American Gastroenterological Association/Industry Research Scholar Award, American Liver Foundation Research Prize, American Gastroenterological Association-Gastroenterology Research Group Young Scientist Award, and a Chinese American Medical Society Scientific Award, was elected a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Association for the Study of liver Diseases. He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians, and was a Fulbright Specialist. He has received 10 patents, and founded two startup companies to commercialize inventions. He has published more than 210 peer-reviewed articles, and edited 12 books. He is the comprehensive editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology, and series editor for the Clinical Gastroenterology series published by Humana/Springer Press.

Jennifer P. Kanaan, M.D.

Jennifer P. Kanaan, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director of critical care point of care ultrasound

Site Director, Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship

Dr. Kanaan received her bachelor's degree in biology at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. She returned to her home state to attend UConn medical school. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the Rhode Island Hospital, Brown School of Medicine. Following a year at locum tenens where she worked in Alaska, California, and Arizona, she completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at New England Medical Center, Tufts School of Medicine. After graduation, she worked as an attending physician at Danbury Hospital and transitioned to UConn in 2007.

As an Associate Professor in Medicine, Dr. Kanaan divides her time between clinical care and teaching. She is passionate about bringing ultrasound to the bedside and has developed an ultrasound curriculum for pulmonary and critical care fellows as well as hospitalists. She directs a statewide ultrasound course for physicians.

Outside of medicine, she is a mom of four children. Her hobbies include cooking, travel, and sports.

Kevin A. Braghirol, M.D.

Kevin A. Braghirol, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr Kevin Braghirol is an academic Hospital Medicine physician at UConn Health. He went to UConn for undergraduate studies and medical school. He completed Internal Medicine Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the site director for the inpatient Internal Medicine rotation at John Dempsey Hospital for the 3rd and 4th year UConn medical students. When he is not seeing patients or teaching, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Nikki, and golden retriever, Larry.

Narinder Maheshwari, M.D.


Narinder Maheshwari, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Dr. Narinder Maheshwari is an internal medicine physician at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his medical training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and New York Medical College. He has decades of experience working alongside patients and families and a passion for research

 

Rebecca Andrews, M.D.


Rebecca Andrews, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Associate Program Director, Categorical Internal Medicine
Lead Physician Internal Medicine Associates, Farmington

Dr. Andrews received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA before relocating to Connecticut for medical school at the University of Connecticut. She remained at the University to complete a residency including a chief medical resident year. Upon completing her residency, she practiced at a community health center where she served as the medical director and a member of the company’s QA/QI team.

She joined the faculty at UConn in 2009 and divides her time between clinical care and teaching. She is a Professor of Medicine and practicing Internal Medicine Primary Care physician with focuses on health prevention and high quality chronic disease management; chronic pain and safe opioid prescribing; women’s health; LGBTQ+ care; and healthcare policy. She has been recognized for her clinical care as one of Hartford Magazines Top Doctors. Dr. Andrews is the Director of Ambulatory Education and an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. As such, she is involved in the daily activities of the resident ambulatory clinic, mentoring, teaching, and increasing the quality of delivered care. She has developed several curricular innovations such as the office based medicine track, a business of medicine course, and a women's health track for future primary care. She is the director of the specialized primary care training tracks within the residency program. She serves as the physician lead for the Patient Centered Medical Home, the Connecticut Comprehensive Pain Center, and Internal Medicine Associates in Farmington. She is also currently serving as the Governor of the CT Chapter for the American College of Physicians and Co-Chairs the Opioid Task Force at UConn Health.

At home, she is a mom of two kids and has a long list of hobbies including creative writing, running, and photography.

 

 

Nutrition: Food Science and Technology – WAITLIST

Explore the Science of Food

Understanding the science and technology behind food products helps us to make healthy food choices. Not only does this translate to our everyday lives, but it can also pave the way to an interesting career path that combines science, nutrition, healthy safety and best of all, food. The field of food science and technology includes food microbiology and safety, food quality assurance, food engineering and technology, food chemistry, product and formulation development, food packaging, sensory evaluation, food marketing, and food regulations.

This course is composed of in-class lectures and hands-on laboratory experiments to help students turn their knowledge of the principles of food science into practices as a food scientist. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to make healthy food choices by understanding scientific principles behind food preparation and processing.

UConn PCS: Food Science

Sessions Offered

Session 5: July 21 - July 27

Format

Residential, Non-Credit

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

  • Basic terminologies and concepts of food production
  • Modern technologies used in the food industry
  • Key practices to assure the quality, safety, and palatability of raw and cooked foods
  • General facts and relevant food regulations that consumers should be aware of
  • Career opportunities in the field of food and nutrition

UConn PCS: Food Science

UConn PCS: Food Science

UConn PCS: Food Science

Schedule at a Glance


 

7am – 9am: Breakfast

9am – 12pm: Class

12pm – 1:30: Lunch

1:30pm – 4pm: Class or Workshop

2:40pm – 4:45pm: Closing Ceremony on Friday

5pm – 7pm: Dinner

7pm – 9pm: Social Programming

10:30pm: Room Checks

Meet the Professor


 

Yangchao Luo, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Food Science in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. He studies food chemistry and engineering to ensure the safety and quality of products, as well as innovative food processing technologies to manufacture novel food products. Dr. Luo was recently recognized by Web of Science as one of the World's Most Highly Cited Researchers for 2019 in the field of Agricultural Sciences. He is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Agriculture and Food Research.

Check out this web page to learn more about Prof. Luo: http://luo.uconn.edu/

UConn Pre-College Summer: Yangchao Luo Food Science Faculty

VR and Video Game Design – S4 & S5: WAITLIST

Come Game Jam with us and make your ideas come to life, and share with your friends!

If you play games, chances are you've thought about creating them yourself. So come in and create a game from scratch using industry-standard tools and see if you like it! There are careers in art, programming, design, and business in the video game industry, which is bigger than the music, sports, or movie industry and is currently seeing huge growth in sales as entertainment focuses on esports and home entertainment.

By the end of this course, you will have created a virtual reality game as a portfolio piece for your future college applications and get feedback on your search. If you have a portfolio already, awesome! if you're just getting started and are thinking "OMG where do I even start?," that's ok, we can help get you on the right track. Whether it's finding opportunities at video game companies that are looking for play-testers or making a series of game prototypes, let's figure it out together!

In this course, students will be able to:

  • Produce a video game prototype
  • Analyze a video game and understand terminology applied in the gaming world
  • Explain a list of general functions and elements which make up a video game
  • Achieve familiarity with the principles, terminology, procedures, and practices of game design and production
  • Provide peer assessments and constructive feedback to fellow students
  • Design the game mechanics for a video game
  • Design and map level progression for a video game

UConn PCS: Video Game Design

Sessions Offered

Session 4: July 14 - July 20

Session 5: July 21 - July 27

Format

Residential, Non-Credit

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

  • Did you know that Flappy Bird was made in a couple of days? There are games that are beautiful, games that are fun, and games that make you want to scream. Our job is to enable you to develop your own "Work of Game" and focus on something you would want to play yourself.
  • The game industry is huge! We find out what companies and career paths exist in the industry by investigating portfolios from developers of Halo, Assassins Creed, and Call of Duty. We also take a look at portfolios from students graduating with a 4-year degree, so that you can find a benchmark for "what you'll need to be able to learn"
  • You can't make something if you don't understand it! Part of a Game Designer's job is to examine games critically, so we will play some short web games and analyze their content.

UConn PCS: Video Game Design

UConn PCS: Video Game Design

UConn PCS: Video Game Design

Schedule at a Glance


 

7am – 9am: Breakfast

9am – 12pm: Class

12pm – 1:30: Lunch

1:30pm – 4pm: Class or Workshop

2:40pm – 4:45pm: Closing Ceremony on Friday

5pm – 7pm: Dinner

7pm – 9pm: Social Programming

10:30pm: Room Checks

Meet the Professor


 

Professor Kenneth Thompson

Ken worked in the game industry for eight years as a Game Designer and Lead Designer before coming to the University of Connecticut. His responsibilities included directing game projects from start to finish, programming unique scenarios using game development tools, and working with publishers such as SEGA, Electronic Arts, and Activision. He has worked with Blockbuster franchises such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Madagascar, Shrek, and over a dozen others. His work in the video game industry has received Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Award for best video game, Indie Game of the Year, and Innovation Awards from industry publications. He now works on serious and entertainment games with grants through the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and The National Institute of Health.

 

Ken Thompson’s Faculty Page: https://dmd.uconn.edu/person/kenneth-thompson/

And website: http://gamedevprofessor.com/

 

Professor Thompson

Pre-Med: Musculoskeletal Injury and Pathology – WAITLIST

Understanding the Human Body and Injury

Participants in this course will be participating human cadaver dissections. The bodies available for dissection were donated by individuals who wanted their remains to be used for education and research purposes. As a UConn PCS participant, you are privileged to have the opportunity to use this anatomical donation. The rules of the anatomy laboratory are based upon PATIENT PRIVACY, RESPECT, SECURITY, SAFETY, and MAINTENANCE. These rules will be observed in the laboratory AT ALL TIMES. Participants must be respectful and mature to handle this commitment and responsibility.

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 5: July 21 - July 27

Format

Residential, Non-Credit

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

Students in Pre-Med class

Schedule at a Glance


 

7am – 9am: Breakfast

9am – 12pm: Class

12pm – 1:30: Lunch

1:30pm – 4pm: Class or Workshop

2:40pm – 4:45pm: Closing Ceremony on Friday

5pm – 7pm: Dinner

7pm – 9pm: Social Programming

10:30pm: Room Checks

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

Pre-Psych: Psychology & Neuroscience – WAITLIST

Seeing is believing – not! Brain and behavior: Mind or Machine?

Ever get a feeling of Déjà vu? What happens when we confront something new? how do we tell if we’ve seen something before? In this introduction to the field of Behavioral Neuroscience course, Professor Markus will show you that what we think we see, hear and remember can have little to do with the physical reality. Professor Markus will guide you through fascinating human and animal research including responses of individual brain cells to changes in the world around us.

Students will be exposed to lively discussion, video clips, in-class activities, and a chance to analyze data, in order to come away with a better understanding of how our brains process information about the world.

Excellent for students interested in Psychology, Cognitive Sciences, and Medicine.

UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Psych

Sessions Offered

Session 5: July 21 - July 27

Format

Residential, Non-Credit

Related Courses

TBD

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

  • Discover that what we think we see, hear and remember can have little to do with the physical reality.
  • Lively discussion, video clips, in-class activities
  • Get a chance to analyze real data

UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Psych

UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Psych

UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Psych

Meet the Professor


 

Uconn PCS: Etan MarkusEtan Markus, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology. Recipient of the 2016 AAUP Teaching Excellence Career Award; 2016 CLAS Excellence in Teaching Award; 2016 UCONN Office of Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentorship Excellence Award; NorthEast Under/graduate Research Organization for Neuroscience “Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Mentorship” (2020).  For more information go to: https://markusprecollege.psyc.uconn.edu/

Chemistry – S2 & S5 WAITLIST

The starting point of STEM

Everyone tells you that STEM education is important and that being a scientist, engineer or doctor is an excellent career path. Most people know Engineers build stuff and doctors heal people but what do scientists (specifically chemists) do? We’ll use each session to carry out fun hands on experiments that show different career paths open to chemists or other basic science majors.

There are hundreds of career paths you can follow as a science major. Helping sick people is a noble profession but it isn't for everyone. When you finish the course we hope you will have a better idea of some of the professions that STEM classes can prepare you for.

Sessions Offered

Session 2: June 30 - July 6

Session 5: July 21 - July 27

 

 

Format

Residential, Non-Credit

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

  • Pharmaceuticals: Aspirin synthesis
    • Chemists do drug synthesis
  • Natural products and pigments: Ultramarine- making one of the most expensive paints
    • Chemists make all of your favorite colors
  • Metallurgy: The golden penny experiment
    • Chemists use metals for all sorts of things
  • Innovative materials: Superconductor synthesis and things that glow
    • Chemists developed all of your LEDs and OLED screens.
  • Cosmetics: The chemistry of scents
    • Chemists were involved if it smelled good or was a pretty color. Chemists also make lots of things that look like mud and smell bad.
  • Food: Molecular gastronomy and artificial flavors in food.
    • Chemists had something to do with all those ingredients on a food package that you can’t pronounce.

UConn PCS Chemistry

Chemistry Course

Chemistry Course

Schedule at a Glance


 

7am – 9am: Breakfast

9am – 12pm: Class

12pm – 1:30: Lunch

1:30pm – 4pm: Class or Workshop

2:40pm – 4:45pm: Closing Ceremony on Friday

5pm – 7pm: Dinner

7pm – 9pm: Social Programming

10:30pm: Room Checks

Meet the Professor


 

Image of Clyde CadyClyde Cady, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Cady received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota where he was introduced to bioinorganic chemistry, the chemistry of the elements as pertaining to life events. He moved to Connecticut for his Ph.D. at Yale University where he studied photosynthesis. After postdoctoral studies at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Rutgers University he started teaching general and inorganic chemistry at UConn. His special interests are directed toward introducing pre-college students to the thrills of experimental chemistry.

Digital Animation & Motion Graphics – WAITLIST

Examining the Complexities of Today's Multimedia Productions

Combining design, technology and the ever-expanding media, our Digital Animation and Motion Graphic course gives students the opportunity to dive into the complex world behind multimedia productions. This class aims to provide students with the conceptual and practical tools for understanding and creating the diverse range of time-based media that have come to be known as motion graphics and digital animation. Throughout the course, students will create visual effects and animated graphics for television, film, web, and other types of multimedia productions using:

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro

By the end of this course, the student will:

  • Have an understanding of commercial motion graphics and animation production and film process
  • Strengthen current industry technique including Adobe softwares
  • Be able to create basic motion graphics and animations based on stories and infographics

Sessions Offered

 Session 5: July 21 - July 27

Format

Residential, Non-Credit

Related Courses

Video Game Design

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

  • Participate in class discussions and critiques
  • Apply techniques covered in class in the completion of technical exercises
  • Develop and complete Assignments and final project
  • Document creative planning, process, and completed work

UConn PCS: Digital Media

UConn PCS: Digital Animation & Motion Graphics

UConn PCS: Digital Animation & Motion Graphics

Schedule at a Glance


 

7am – 9am: Breakfast

9am – 12pm: Class

12pm – 1:30: Lunch

1:30pm – 4pm: Class or Workshop

2:40pm – 4:45pm: Closing Ceremony on Friday

5pm – 7pm: Dinner

7pm – 9pm: Social Programming

10:30pm: Room Checks

Meet the Professor


 

Heejoo Kim works as an experimental/documentary mixed media filmmaker and new media artist, currently creating projects focusing on social issues, such as microaggressions, feminism, elder abuse, racism, and psychology in experimental narrative film structures.

Her films and installations have been internationally presented at festivals, conferences, and galleries in Germany, United Kingdom, Lebanon, Mexico, Bulgaria, Turkey, France, Philippine, India, Latvia, Canada, Korea, Italy, Ecuador, Australia, Romania, etc. and throughout the United States. Her films have received awards including Best Animation, Best Experimental Film, and Best of Show at several international film festivals and conferences. She had been a director, a curator, a coordinator, an adjudicator for International Animation + New Media Art festivals, conferences, and shows.

She previously taught at Bowling Green State University in Digital Arts, University of Montana in Media Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology Studies, and Columbia College Chicago in Interactive Arts and Media.

Recent Awards: Best Experimental Film: Woodengate Film Festival, Baia Mare, Romania; Finalist/Winner: Wollongong Film Festival, Wollongong, Australia, Sarajevo Fashion Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Best of Show” Award, International Digital Art Association Exhibition (iDMAA), Tennessee, USA
Industry Experience / Client Work: Neutrogena, MBS Inc., GNS Inc., T&T Inc., Overseas Trans Inc., Prime Co., North Star Inc., Yeon-se University Alumni, Korean Women’s Hot Line, Dong A newspaper, Kyo Cha Ro weekly news paper, Korean United Methodist church, Chung wae Galleria.

Heejoo Kim’s website: https://heejoogwenkim.com/

Image of Heejoo Kim

Creative Writing – WAITLIST

Learn to write with voice, choice, and creativity!

Students (and educators) too often regard the essay as merely an instrument of assessing learning, but the essay has a rich history as a creative genre.  In this course we will approach the essay as the creative, dynamic, imaginative literary form that it actually is.  Your approach to writing essays will not be the same and you'll never go back to the five paragraph essay again!

You will leave this course with a very different and improved understanding of the essay, and you will be better writers. The essays you write in the future may challenge some of your teachers’ more conventional expectations, but they will be better, more interesting, and more like the real writing professional essayists actually create. Your professors in college will be grateful.

Sessions Offered

Session 5: July 21 - July 27

Format

Residential, Non-Credit

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

  • Students will become better writers, more independent, more creative, and more original.
  • Students will choose topics of interest, explore genres of writing, develop their own voice, and write!
  • Learn a little bit about the history of the essay as a literary genre.
  • Read a variety of essays form a variety of essayists.
  • Experiment with writing different kinds of essays, such as personal essays, op-eds, commentaries, and rants.
  • Share writing with one another both for revision and entertainment.
  • Play around with some multimodal forms of composition.

Image of students

Image of student

Image of students

Schedule at a Glance


 

7am – 9am: Breakfast

9am – 12pm: Class

12pm – 1:30: Lunch

1:30pm – 4pm: Class or Workshop

2:40pm – 4:45pm: Closing Ceremony on Friday

5pm – 7pm: Dinner

7pm – 9pm: Social Programming

10:30pm: Room Checks

Meet the Professor


 

Dr. Jason Courtmanche (Associate Professor in Residence; Director of Connecticut Writing Project) is a former high school English teacher who became an English college professor. He works primarily with undergraduates who want to be high school English teachers but also works with high school English teachers who teach the UConn Early College Experience course. If you are a student in Connecticut, there is a good chance that Jason taught one or more of your English teachers. He has won several teaching awards and has published academic essays, personal essay, poetry, and the rare work of fiction. He runs the Connecticut Student Writers contest, Letters About Literature, and the Scholastic Writing Awards. If you want to know more about what he does, check out his blog, The Write Space.

Connecticut Writing Project
UConn Early College Experience English course

Professor Jason Courtmanche