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: photo_storytelling_syllabus

Instructor Andy Frost on teaching Storytelling with Photographs:



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: Draft Health and Medicine Weekly Schedule

Syllabus: Health and Medicine Syllabus – 2021

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

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

Syllabus: GEOG 095 Facing Enviro Futures Summer 2021

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: $50 (instructor will ship materials to students)

Live Sessions: Mondays & Wednesdays – 11am – 12:15pm synchronous sessions (via Zoom)

Location: Online

Syllabus: HLTH 095 Syllabus for Summer 2021

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.

Instructors: Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne (lead instructor) and Adam Zylka (UAS Expert)

Course Material Fee: $99

Location: Online

Live Online Sessions: We survey the class ahead of time to find a good time block. We will record the sessions and hold help sessions for those unable to attend.

Syllabus: Syllabus Drones NR095 2021

Info Sheet: InfoSheet Drones NR095 2021

Summer Academy Drones for Environmental Mapping


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
asynchronous to allow students to work on their own time. 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.

Syllabus: Introductory Neuroscience Syllabus(1)

UVM Summer Academy Experience: Introductory Neuroscience


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 2021 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.


ARTS 095 – Storytelling with Photographs
NSCI 095/AS 095 – Introductory Neuroscience
COMU 96 -Health and Medicine
GEOG 95 -Facing Environmental Futures
HLTH 95 -Biomedical Science and Human Disease
NR 95 – Drones for Environmental Mapping

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