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Summer STEM Institute

Sunday, July 13, 2014 - Friday, July 18, 2014

Registration for this year's High School Summer STEM program has been completed.

If you are currently a high school freshman, sophomore or junior interested in exploring the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), then Thomas More's Summer Institute could be the experience of a lifetime. For five days and five nights this July, you will live on campus, work alongside college professors and participate in hands-on projects out in the field, on the Ohio River, at the Biology Field Station, at the Observatory and in the classrooms and science labs at Thomas More. The Institute is a unique opportunity for students to interact with college students and professors, while spending the week learning STEM and conducting research. The up close and personal interactions give participants a real sense of life as a college student and S.T.E.M. major. Up to 40 promising students are accepted into the Summer Institute this year, so apply now to reserve your spot.

What You'll Do During The STEM Institute

  • Work with faculty and students from Thomas More's STEM departments
  • Participate in hands-on research projects
  • Assess the health of the Ohio River ecosystem
  • Measure water quality by testing chemical parameters
  • Observe and photograph celestial objects at the Thomas More Observatory
  • Learn mathematical techniques for analyzing digital images taken at the Observatory
  • Investigate mathematical applications and techniques
  • Make design choices to engineer a bridge
  • Explore the physics of disorder
  • Present your research project at the closing symposium
  • Explore ecological interactions in forests

What you'll gain from the experience

  • A real sense of college life
  • A stronger STEM background
  • A better understanding of STEM topics in the real world
  • Contacts with Thomas More faculty and college students
  • Friendships with other high school students interested in the STEM areas
  • A lot of great memories

What the STEM Institute includes

The cost of the STEM Summer Institute is $500. Financial assistance is available for those in need. Students selected from participating TSI schools are eligible for a full scholarship to attend the camp ($500 value). Cost includes:

  • On-campus housing and meals
  • Classroom instruction with Thomas More faculty and students from the Biology, Chemistry, Math and Physics departments
  • Laboratory activities at campus laboratories, the Biology Field Station and the Bank of Kentucky Observatory

How you'll spend each day

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Morning activities
Noon Lunch break
1:00 p.m. Afternoon activities
4:30 p.m. Break
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Evening activities

Are You Eligible To Participate?
If you are a current high school freshman, sophomore or junior in good academic standing, with at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, then you are eligible. Space is limited to only 40 qualified students who apply by May 2, 2014. Students from TSI schools will be given priority.

Apply Today
To apply, please complete:

  • Mail letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor to:

    Dr. Chris Lorentz, Professor
    Department of Biology
    Thomas More College
    333 Thomas More Parkway
    Crestview Hills, KY 41017-3495

You will be notified no later than May 16, 2014 whether you have been accepted to attend the Institute. If you have any questions, please call 859-344-3373 or email

The TSI STEM Institute is made possible through a generous grant from the Toyota USA Foundation.