St. Lawrence University Scholars Enrichment Program 2014

The St. Lawrence University Scholars Enrichment Program (SLUSEP), will provide an enrichment opportunity for area high school sophomores and juniors.  The program will provide students access to non-credit bearing courses in subjects that fall outside the traditional high school curriculum.  It also exposes high quality local high school students to St. lawrence University, helping to spread the word about our beautiful campus and our quality faculty.

2014 SLUSEP Program Schedule

Classes will be held from 9:00AM to 11:30AM.  Please note that there are no classes on October 18th, due to PSAT examinations.

September               20th, 27th

October                   4th, 11th, 18th (no classes), 25th

November               1st, 8th, 15th

To register, stop in your high school guidance office.

For more information about the program, contact Karin Blackburn (315-229-5998).


Astrobiology:  A Hands-On Approach to Life in the Universe
~ Course A  ~

Lorraine Olendzenski, Biology
Telephone:  229-5816;

NASA’s Astrobiology Program addresses three fundamental questions: How does life begin and evolve? Is there life beyond Earth and, if so, how can we detect it? What is the future of life on Earth and in the universe? Astrobiology scientists
approach these questions from many different fields, including biology, planetary science, geology, chemistry and physics.  Each week we will engage in a different activity which will help us understand what life needs to survive and what the limits are to life on Earth. We will also look at the data from planetary science to determine whether there habitable environments in our Solar System as well as explore how scientists detect habitable planets beyond our Solar System.

Enrollment: 12
Room:  Wachmeister Field Station


International Relations and Zombies
~ Course B ~
Ronnie Olesker, Government
Telephone:  229-5968

The zombie threat is - and should be - taken seriously. If a zombie apocalypse erupts how will different countries react?  Will zombies be considered terrorists or an endemic? Who should respond? The US? An international task force? Al Qaeda? From a public-policy perspective, zombies surely merit greater interest. Students taking this course should acquire a familiarity with the prevailing theories explaining the functioning of the global system and its actors. The main objective of this course however, is to prepare students to critically address global crises such as an impending zombie attack.

Enrollment: 25
Room:  Hepburn Hall, Room 20


Cultures of China through Fiction and Film
~ Course C ~
Zhenjun Zhang, Modern Languages & Literatures
Telephone:  229-5857

This course is designed to introduce the history and culture of China from its earliest beginnings to late 19th Century, covering Chinese institutions, philosophical trends, religions, literature, arts, and special topics such as family and women, love and friendship, dream and soul, among others. A variety of materials will be used, including Confucian and Taoist classics, Buddhist scriptures, literary and artistic works, fiction and films, as well as modern scholarly publications. All readings are in English.

Enrollment: 25
Room:  Carnegie Hall, Room 212


Scholar’s Quest: 
Puzzles, Conundrums, and Challenges
~ Course D ~
William Collins, Education
Telephone:  229-5864

Each engaging activity of the quest is designed to challenge participants and their teammates to work collaboratively to overcome adversity.

Teams must rely on communication, collaboration and creativity if they hope to successfully complete each trial along the way to victory.

Part luck, part skill, the Scholar’s Quest will put everyone¹s leadership skills to the test.

Enrollment: 25
Room:  Atwood Hall, Room 31