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Cougar Junior Scholars

Attention 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! If you’ve ever wondered what college will be like, experience it firsthand this summer at the Honors College at the University of Houston. Preview college courses in various topics, taught by actual University faculty, including Literature/Creative WritingBiology, Engineering, and Political Science.

When: June 22–26, 2020
Times: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuition: $400 (limited scholarship opportunities available)
Where: The Honors College, 212 M.D. Anderson Library

2020 Application
Registration is March 1-May 1.
Application deadline is May 1.


Class Descriptions

Literature/Creative Writing
We will read texts the Honors College way and go beyond mere symbol hunting and plodding plot summary into much more interesting territory—the land between the lines. There we'll run instead of walk, and maybe even fly. Building on the energetic work done in the literature portion, we will make the turn from being good readers to creative writers.

Biology
From genetics to physiology, the many branches of biology have much to tell us about what the human body is made up of, how it works, and how it is affected by what we eat, the air we breathe, and every other aspect of the world around us. Students will learn how important biology is to our everyday lives.

Engineering
Students will be introduced to a number of basic principles in engineering, including demonstrations based on current research activities at the University of Houston. Opportunities will also be given for hands-on construction of simple communications systems that are a part of today’s wireless environment. 

Political Science
Have you ever wondered how a bill becomes a law, or why we have three branches of government? Have you asked who exactly is Alexander Hamilton, and what really happened in the room where it happened? In this class we will answer those questions and more.