Summer Brings Serious Opportunities for Teens

Several UC Riverside summer programs will give high school students a leg up in science, math, technology and the arts.

Kids taking part in the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts

The goal of the Gluck Summer Camp of the Arts is to provide mature teenagers with an intensive educational experience in the arts.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Serious teens look for serious summer opportunities, and UC Riverside offers several programs this summer that will give high school students a leg up in science, math, technology and the arts.

Applications for two summer STEM-related programs for middle and high school students at the University of California, Riverside have tripled this year, said Pam Clute, executive director of the ALPHA Center.

In the Healthy Body-Healthy Mind program, middle school students receive instruction in mathematics as it relates to balancing health education, fitness, nutrition and a positive mental attitude. The Girls Excelling in Mathematics with Success program focuses on showing middle and high school girls how mathematics relates to college and life. Its aim is to motivate girls to take mathematics courses and consider careers that are mathematically based.

The 2012 Summer Academy for Advanced High School Students offers college-level courses to high school students through the UCR Summer Sessions program. Courses are taught by regular UCR faculty as well as distinguished visiting faculty. Over 3,000 high school students have taken college courses during the program’s 15-year history.

FastStart – An intensive, five-week program for incoming UCR freshmen from disadvantaged backgrounds who aspire to medical and other science based careers.

The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts will be held on the UCR campus and at UCR ARTSblock on June 18–22 and June 25–28. The free camp for teens ages 14 to 18 features workshops through UCR’s departments of Art, Creative Writing, Dance, History of Art, Music and Theatre.  Each workshop is taught by a graduate fellow in the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, a program funded by the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation. The goal of the program is to provide mature teenagers with an intensive educational experience in the arts and to expand their understanding of the history, theory and application of the various arts disciplines that emphasize individual growth.

Future Physician Leaders

Future Physician Leaders attend their first Latino Medical Student Association Conference at Stanford University.

Future Physician Leaders (FPL) is a mentorship program that seeks to motivate students who want to become physicians in underserved communities. Students participate in a leadership lecture series,  workshops, networking events, and physician-shadowing rotations,  but the soul of the program is the community service and leadership component. This aims to expose participants to the virtues of service and engage them in leadership roles. Students have given health talks in their churches, performed blood pressure and diabetes screenings, and compiled information for the development of a community health education resource manual. The bulk of the activities are in the summer, but the program is year-round. Throughout the year, past participants get a chance to attend biannual mentor networking events and take part in group activities such as pre-med conferences. Participants are made up of high school, pre-med undergraduate and medical students from Inland Southern California.


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