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

Course Material Fee: TBD

Location: Online

Syllabus: 2020 Health and Medicine Syllabus

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 aims to:

  • Introduce students to foundational concepts in geography and political
  • Offer insights into the social, political and economic aspects of climate change and pandemic.
  • Provide a critical framework for understanding social and environmental
  • Encourage students to organize for social, political, and environmental

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

Syllabus: GEOG 095 Syllabus Summer 2020

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 2020

Description: This course will study Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones. UAS or drones, have provided us with new ways to map, monitor, and measure our changing landscape. Drones are relatively inexpensive, easy to operate, and can deploy rapidly. Advances in digital image processing allow one to go from flying a drone to working with accurate maps and 3D models in a matter of hours. These factors make drones ideal for many applications in which speed, accuracy, resolution, cost, and timeliness are key factors. In this course, you will learn how to operate drones and process drone data to in support of environmental mapping and monitoring. Example case studies will be used. The course consists of five sections:

  • Safety
  • Flight operations
  • Data processing
  • Analytics
  • Dissemination

The goal of this course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of drone technology and how it can be applied for environmental assessment. The course is technical in nature but is designed to be accessible to anyone who has an interest in drones and environmental mapping. Technologies students will be exposed to include: drone platforms, drone sensors, flight planning software, image processing software, desktop Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and web mapping. Students will work closely with members of the University of Vermont UAS Team, one of the most experienced drone groups in the United States.

Instructor: Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne

Course Material Fee: $99

Location: Online

Syllabus: Syllabus Drones NR095 2020

Info Sheet: InfoSheet Drones NR095 2020

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 2020 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. With hope and anticipation for brighter days ahead, we invite you to watch this short video from past participants to help you visualize our campus and various aspects of our courses.