Just because you can’t be here with us doesn’t mean we’re not here for you.

Due to COVID-19, our Summer Academy courses will take place online during the Summer 2022 semester. We’re all adjusting to the changes and recommendations from the Vermont State Government and the CDC, but our pre-college faculty and staff are working tirelessly to ensure that your online Summer Academy experience captures the spirit and energy of our program.

Description: As we move deeper into the 21st century, one thing seems certain: the state of the world is uncertain. Whether it be climate change, biodiversity loss, food insecurity, or pandemic, it is clear societies face numerous challenges that undermine human health and well-being. In this course we examine the roots of these challenges, focusing on climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. We will ask questions about how these two emergencies came to be, how they are connected, and how we might respond to them in just, equitable, and courageous ways.

This course offers an introduction to key concepts in the discipline of geography. Course materials reflect a range of concerns related to climate change and pandemic as well as diverse approaches to understanding them. Instruction is entirely online but will be interactive, discussion-based, and will draw on environmental data and creative concepts to strategize how to face forward and build better futures.

This is an online course. However, students should expect engaged and interactive course design that aims to foster community and deeper connections to the world.  Any inquiries can be directed to

Instructor: Harlan Morehouse, Ph.D.

Course Material Fee: $0

Location: Online w/ a Live Session to be determined at the start of class (instructor will survey students to see what time works best)

Syllabus: 2022 TBA


The aim of this course is to introduce fundamental concepts in
Neuroscience. The course will be broken into four modules; 1. Electrical properties of the
neuron, 2. Synapses and networks, 3. Sensory systems, and 4. Beyond the cell. In addition,
throughout the course there will be a student-led discovery of expression, structure and
function of a gene of interest and how it relates to human disease. Lectures will be
synchronous but also recorded to allow students to work on their own time, and there will
be four each week. I will be checking in to blackboard several times a day during the course
and will hold office hours on Microsoft Teams. You can expect a response from me usually
within a few hours or first thing in the morning if you post later at night.

Instructor: Alicia Ebert, Ph.D.

Live Sessions/Synchronous: Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 11:00am EST (these sessions will be recorded and posted on Teams, so attendance is NOT required but recommended for the full course experience)

Syllabus: Introductory Neuroscience Syllabus 2022

UVM Summer Academy Experience: Introductory Neuroscience



Pictures are supposedly worth 1000 words, but how do we build those photographs into a story? How do we connect images to craft complex narrative? How are images used to mislead? In this course, we’ll explore how photographs are used to tell a wide range of stories and practice telling our own stories with photographs. We will cover some history and theory of photography and photojournalism, basic camera operation, and technical considerations, along with post-processing as we build a solid foundation for creating photographs and telling stories.

Instructor: Andy Frost

Section Expectation:

Students should have access to a digital camera—ideally one capable of shooting in RAW format. A subscription to Adobe Lightroom is also highly recommended. Prior photography experience is not required.

Syllabus: 2022 TBA

Instructor Andy Frost on Storytelling with Photographs Online Class Structure


This innovative program exposes students to the fascinating world of modern medicine and bioscience through the lens of COVID-19 in online labs, lectures, demonstrations and virtual visits. Experts from across disciplines including public health, global health, genomics, general medicine, nursing, and allied health practice will engage with students with current developments in their fields.  This program helps students discover their interests, learn about the latest advances in bioscience and molecular medicine, and develop an understanding of diverse medical and health science career paths that might be right for them.

Co-Instructor: Paula Tracy
Co-Instructor: Stephen Everse

Live Synchronous Meeting Time: 10am – 12noon (EDT) Monday – Friday during course dates

Course Material Fee: $0

Location: Online

Daily Schedule: Coming Soon

Syllabus: 2022 TBA

Watch this video – Instructors Paula Tracy and Stephen Everse talk about the course

Description: This course has been designed to introduce students to the field of Medical Laboratory Science. The course combines lecture and laboratory practice, to allow students to demonstrate professionalism and interpersonal skills while achieving competence with common laboratory procedures virtually. As an online course, students will be assigned with lectures and laboratory assignments towards the beginning of the course and will be assigned case studies, that are related to the acquired knowledge, during the latter half of the course. Cases will include case history presented, clinical signs and symptoms, initial and additional laboratory testing and data, relevant test methodologies employed and accurate interpretation of results.

Instructor: Koela Ray, M.S.

Course Material Fee: $0

Location: Online

Syllabus: HLTH 095 Syllabus for Summer 2022