Boston University Summer 2014 Investigative Journalism Workshop

Peruse  the email below regarding a summer program at Boston University for budding high school journalists, grades 9-12. This will be the sixth year of the workshop and it attracts a diverse population of interested students.  Click on the link for the website and flyer.  Students who apply by January 31, 2014 will receive a $100 tuition reduction.  It’s a great opportunity to explore Boston University, learn from the best professors in the BU Department of Communication, as well as visit other attractions in the city.


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Dear Colleague:

We are delighted to announce a special opportunity for your students.

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University’s College of Communication, is again offering a unique Investigative Journalism Workshop this summer. This program, now in its sixth year, would be a perfect fit for your students who are interested in journalism or writing. Nearly 100 students from 23 states and six countries attended last summer’s workshop, and we are expecting even more students in 2014.

Our three, two-week workshops will begin on June 30. During each session, students participate in seminars and work alongside BU faculty and award-winning local and national journalists on investigative stories that could be published on the center’s website or in regional and national publications. Students will live on the BU campus and gain hands-on experience in investigative reporting while developing critical thinking and writing skills.

For more information about our program, visit our website and see our flyer. I encourage you to share this information with your students and their families.

Applicants who apply by January 31, 2014, will receive a $100 discount on tuition.

I hope we will see your students on campus next summer!


Joe Bergantino
Director/Senior Investigative Reporter
New England Center for Investigative Reporting

640 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215


Bryn Mawr College (PA): Admissions News and Updates

I visited Bryn Mawr College May 2011, which is located in Bryn Mawr, PA, approximately eleven miles from Philadelphia. A twenty-minute train ride to the city is easily accessible.  It opened in 1885 as a women’s college and many students boast of its diverse programs, intellectual environment, and community camaraderie.  Its noted programs are archeology, physics, mathematics, art history, English, and foreign languages. Their NCAA program is D-III with seventeen sports.
The newsletter provides admission reminders for current seniors and Open House opportunities for juniors.  Visit Bryn Mawr’s website for more information about this distinguished campus.
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What to Know
As we prepare for winter break, here are some deadlines to keep in mind:
Early Decision II: Submit or postmark by January 1, 2014
Regular Decision: Submit or postmark by January 15, 2014

What to Read
Here are some recommendations from the Bryn Mawr College Admissions staff of favorite movies and books to enjoy during the winter break:
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Amanda Barwise)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson (Sheila Gillin)
  • Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (Jennifer Keegan)
  • The Notebook (Tamara Lapman)
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Tiffany Shumate)
  • Clue (Madeline Birkner)
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell and Love Actually (Peaches Valdes)
  • A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen (Marissa Turchi)
  • Out of Africa (Jennifer Russell)
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith and The Princess Bride (Adrienne Hamson)

Save the Date:
Please share the dates of our upcoming Junior Open Houses with your students:
Monday, February 17 and Tuesday, March 4 (both from 9 am – 2 pm).
These events are specifically for high school juniors and are ideal opportunities to get an up-close and personal glimpse of life on campus.
Registration will open in early 2014. Please note that these Open Houses are not designed for group visits from schools. For more information on arranging a group visit on a non-event day, please email Amanda Barwise (

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First semester is almost over and students and parents are evaluating the current school year and planning for the second semester of 2013-14. Some families are even looking ahead to the next school year, 2014-15. Start Early: College & Career Planning Service offers an early intervention that can enable students to have options after graduation. Clients represent grades 6-12, and high school graduates seeking an undergraduate education.

As a college and career planning professional since 1982, I bring my clients a wealth of knowledge in academic achievement, college preparation, scholarship information, career exploration/planning, parental support, and high school and college transition, as a few of my consulting services. Expertise is available to middle and high school parents who need assistance understanding their role in the school, as well as supporting their child’s potential to achieve. My clients are traditional, first-generation, athletes, diverse, and learning differences college-bound students.

Interested families can contact me via email at, or by calling 301-924-7027. They can also visit my website at, to view a summary of my services. Early preparation is essential to school achievement and postsecondary options; now is an excellent time to get started.


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2014 Summer Internship Opportunities

Listed below are 2014 summer opportunities for students interested in science and leadership internships.  These programs can be a great way to meet other high school students with similar interests; network with professionals in the field; and enhance your resume with competitive experiences that will distinguish your college application from others.  A few programs are open to college students.
Take note of the various deadline dates; January 6 – March 1, 2014.  If interested, immediately visit the website and promptly submit the application.  Questions should be directed to the contact person identified in the announcement.



The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. SEAP provided competitive research internships to 245 high school students last summer. Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at approximately 20 DoN laboratories. The online application closes on January 6, 2014. For more info and to apply, please go to



BANK OF AMERICA – STUDENT LEADERS PROGRAM is seeking high school juniors or seniors strong in leadership who have demonstrated interest in tackling the crucial issues facing communities today. This is a paid eight-week internship for the summer of 2014 with a non-profit organization that addresses the concerns in your community. Gain hands-on learning and valuable insights into how community organizations work. Online applications may be submitted at us/global-impact/student-leaders.html#fbid=nXdF7lxhc7f . The application deadline is January 31, 2014. Questions: 202-442-3925 or



NASA DEVELOP National Program, Various Locations

SSAI AND WISE, VA through the DEVELOP National Program, Hampton, VA student research intern positions available for June 4 through August 10. Salary is dependent upon student’s educational status. High school (must be 16 years old), undergraduate and graduate level students with a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. Students with a strong interest in atmospheric science, environmental science, Earth science, physics, chemistry, technology, computer science, environmental policy, or mathematics are strongly encouraged to apply. Several locations to choose from: Langley Research Center — Hampton, VA; Ames Research Center — Moffett Field, CA; Goddard Space Flight Center — Greenbelt, MD; Stennis Space Center — Stennis, MS; Marshall Space Flight Center — Huntsville, AL; Mobile County Health Department – - Mobile, AL; Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative — Chicago, IL.

Access the application at Other information about the program is also available at the website. Application Deadline: January 30, 2014. Contact: Amy Jo Swanson, Science Projects Manager, DEVELOP National Program Office, NASA Langley Research Center, Mail Stop 307, Hampton, VA 23681. Phone: (757) 864-3761. Fax: (757) 864-3699. E-mail:


NIH Summer Internship Program for Biomedical Research Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD and the surrounding area, as well as in Baltimore and Frederick, MD. Prospective candidates must apply online. 


The NIH Summer Internship Program is highly competitive. In 2010, more than 6700 applications were submitted, and about 1200 interns were selected. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from November through April by scientists in the Institutes and Centers of the NIH. The deadline is March 1, 2014. For more information and to apply, go to



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PREFACE: Summer Program 2014 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

Rensselaer is offering PREFACE, a summer program for talented high school juniors and seniors (in fall 2014), who are underrepresented in science, technology, and engineering careers.  The two-week residential program has an application deadline date of March 31, 2014.  If interested, immediately visit the sites in the announcement (below) and submit an application.  Contact information is provided for more information. Successful applicants will be notified in early May, 2014.
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We invite you to apply to the PREFACE Summer Program 2014 at Rensselaer!

PREFACE is a two-week residential summer experience for talented high school sophomores and juniors who
will enter 11th or 12th grade in fall 2014, from groups that have been historically and traditionally underrepresented or underserved in science, engineering, and technological fields, and are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and technological professions. 

To qualify, applicants must be entering the 11th or 12th grade in September, 2014.  The PREFACE Selection Committee will review each application and make its recommendation to the Project Director. Criteria are high school academic performance, standardized test scores, quality of essay, and recommendations. In addition, since all programs are in English, students must have a strong understanding of the English language.

The deadline is March 31, 2014. Applications will not be accepted after that date. Annually, the number of applicants far exceeds available funding. Completed applications and supporting documents should be sent to:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PREFACE Summer Program 2014
Dean of Students Office
110 Eighth Street, Academy Hall 4629
Troy, New York 12180-3590

Applications will be reviewed and notifications of acceptance will be made by early May 2014.

Summer Learning Opportunities for High School Students at Susquehanna University (PA)

Susquehanna University, a liberal arts college, will be offering summer enrichment experiences for high school students.  The areas of concentration are business, creative writing, wind ensemble, and chorus.  A summary of each program is provided in the Summer Learning Opportunities announcement.  The participants will become better acquainted with Susquehanna; meet high school students with similar interests; learn from experts in the institutes of leadership/business, writing, instrumental and vocal music.  Click on the program’s link for more information.


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Dear Colleague,
Invite your high-achieving students  to spend a week of their summer at Susquehanna University, a selective, residential liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania. They’ll live on our beautiful 325-acre campus while pursuing their interests in college-level workshops with like-minded high school students from around the country.

Susquehanna University
Know a Student Who Is Interested in business?
                               Students can experience  the world as an entrepreneur while attending the Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship (LIFE) July 6-12. Attendees work in teams with peers from around the region as they run a virtual business. The week includes study trips to Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, Hershey Park and a Harley-Davidson plant.

Susquehanna University
Know a Student Who Is Interested in Creative Writing?
                               Students join our creative writing faculty for the Advanced Writers Workshop July 6-12. They immerse themselves in one-on-one conferences and intensive writing workshops, and learn about finding a college writing program and working in the publishing industry. A nightly series of readings from faculty and visiting writers prepares students for their own public reading at the week’s end.

Susquehanna University
Know A Student Who Is a woodwind, brass
or percussion player?

                               Band students can participate in a unique High School Wind Ensemble Institute June 22-28. They’ll develop their performance skills through this week-long program for 54 gifted woodwind, brass and percussion players selected through an application and audition process.

Susquehanna University
…Or A Student Who Likes To Sing In A Choir?
                               Singers can participate in an exciting summer Choral Institute July 6-12. They will focus  on improving musicianship, vocal technique and choral performance skills under the direction of talented Susquehanna University conductors and voice faculty.

We hope to see some of your students  on campus this summer!

Chris Markle ’84,  Director of Admissions

Explore the Pre-College PAVE Summer Program at Vanderbilt University (TN)

Even though it’s chilly December 2013, numerous 2014 summer enrichment programs have been actively announcing opportunities for students.  Vanderbilt University’s Pre-College PAVE summer opportunity is a five-week program, in Nashville, TN, for current juniors and seniors. Students who are undecided about their college major, or those who have already identified a health/medical care, technology, science, or engineering path could benefit from this experience.  The application deadline date is April 20, 2014.  To access the application and more information, click
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We invite your students to visit Susquehanna University (PA) this winter!

Review the invitation from Susquehanna University for a winter campus visit.  Take note of the $1,000 campus visit grant incentive for students between March 1st of sophomore year and May 1st of senior year.  Visit their website for more college details.


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Susquehanna University Winter Visit Days

Experiencing a campus in person is one of the best ways to discover if a school will be a good fit, and the school holidays are a great opportunity to see Susquehanna University in action!
We encourage you to invite your students to join us for lunch, an information session and a student-guided campus tour on one of these upcoming winter holidays:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday:
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
                                      Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Presidents Day holiday:                                           
 Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
To arrange a visit, please ask them to call 1-800-326-9672 or register online.
Don’t forget – students who make an official visit to Susquehanna’s campus between March 1 of their sophomore year and May 1 of their senior year will be awarded a $1,000 campus visit grant, renewable for all four years, when they enroll.
Need more information about Susquehanna? Visit our online resource designed for your needs.
We look forward to seeing your students at Susquehanna!

University of Denver: Admission Newsletter | December 2013

University of Denver’s quarterly admission newsletter highlights its mission to enhance its diversity outreach via population, programs, and support.  A financial aid reminder is also included.  Explore more of University of Denver and the “mile-high city” on its website.
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December 2013
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Campus in the fall

The percentage of domestic DU undergraduates who are students of color. Additionally, 9% are international students. Read on to find out why diversity in all forms plays an important role at the University of Denver.

Diversity in Action

At the University of Denver we do more than talk about diversity—we actively work to create a campus culture of inclusive excellence. That means not only promoting racial and cultural diversity, but also encouraging a plurality of ideas and embracing differing perspectives as valuable and necessary for a healthy, vibrant community.
The Center for Multicultural Excellence advocates holistic diversity at DU through a wide range of efforts, including lectures, special events and a student-led institute.
DU’s Office of Internationalization houses the English Language Center (ELC), International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the International Education (Study Abroad) office. ISSS serves all international students through programming, cross-cultural and immigration advising and also sponsors the International Student Organization.
At DU, our students get to share their unique perspectives on life—and benefit from hearing and learning from others as well. We believe that exploring diverse ideas and cultures will prepare them for life and work in the increasingly interconnected world that awaits them after graduation.
Internship opportunity

The percentage of undergraduate students who complete internships during their time at the University of Denver (compared to national average of 55%). Learn more about internships and Career Services at DU.

Alumna’s Institute Trains Student Leaders Across the Globe

Within five years of completing her undergraduate degree at DU, Heather McDougall (BA ’96) earned a master’s degree, studied at two universities in Europe and added this to her resume: founding an international leadership institute.
Combining her passion for leadership (she co-founded DU’s Pioneer Leadership Program as a student) and an interest in global outreach, Heather founded Leadership exCHANGE in 2000. The organization now conducts study-abroad leadership programs for American students in more than 80 countries.
“I felt that Americans really just didn’t know enough about the rest of the world, and as Americans we have all these amazing opportunities, but we also have responsibilities as well,” she says. “So if our government is going to make policies that often impact the rest of the world, then we should know what’s going on in the rest of the world. I thought, ‘We’ve got to get more Americans overseas.’”
Heather’s entrepreneurial spirit and global outlook has recently led her to start a new project: an institute that hosts a “Women As Change Agents” workshop in Panama in partnership with the local United Nations Information Center. Team members train local women to start their own businesses in service of social change.
“We’re moving toward a hybrid between business and nonprofit—really trying to take the best of both of those to create something that’s even more powerful,” says Heather.
Studying Lawn

The number of Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) at the University of Denver. The Environmental Sustainability community encourages students to make lifestyle choices together that are informed by classroom learning and reflect their commitment to sustainability and the environment.

Apply for Financial Aid

January is an important time of year for students and their families to begin the process of financing their DU education. Here are some steps they should take in the new year to apply for financial aid:
To receive priority consideration for all types of aid available, students should submit the FAFSA and CSS PROFILE by February 15.
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Early Admission Admit Rates for College Graduating Class of 2018

Many colleges have been releasing their Early Decision (ED) letters to high school seniors this week.  These seniors are candidates for college graduation in 2018.  Early decision students pursued a binding application process which requires them to attend the college, if accepted, and relinquish other active applications.  Many students are attracted to ED for the following reasons:  get a priority review and hopefully receive an early acceptance; increase chance for admission by choosing the option that produces the largest yield.  Students who are not accepted from the ED pool will receive a definitive rejection; roll over to the regular decision group; or be deferred.
The following statistics represent six selective colleges’ ED decisions: (applicants accepted/total applied)
Duke = 797/3180
Penn = 1299/5149
Brown = 583/3088
Williams = 237/554
Dartmouth = 469/1678
Columbia = ?/3298 (applicants accepted not released)
Early admission rates from six selective colleges:
Stanford = 10.8%
Penn = 25.3%
Princeton = 18.5%
Harvard = 21%
Brown = 18.9%
Dartmouth = 27.9%