2016-07-27 / Front Page

RFK's Best & Brightest Join Summer Honors Program

Top row: Abiygal Broushet (Fresh Meadows), Amy Cao (Flushing), Stephanie Chin (Flushing), Juliana Silva Law (Flushing

Bottom row: Pablo Sanchez (College Point), Aaron Shalmiyev (Flushing), Leo Liang (Flushing), Ken Zhang (College Point), Jorge Tai Cao (Flushing), and Brian Frias (Flushing)Top row: Abiygal Broushet (Fresh Meadows), Amy Cao (Flushing), Stephanie Chin (Flushing), Juliana Silva Law (Flushing Bottom row: Pablo Sanchez (College Point), Aaron Shalmiyev (Flushing), Leo Liang (Flushing), Ken Zhang (College Point), Jorge Tai Cao (Flushing), and Brian Frias (Flushing)On the weekend starting July 9, 10 Robert F. Kennedy Community High School (RFK) students traveled to western Pennsylvania to participate in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Summer Honors Program. The program is hosted by IUP’s Cook Honors College, and affords talented rising high school juniors and seniors a first-hand look at life on campus. Each a rising senior at Robert F. Kennedy Community High School in Flushing, the 10 will have the unique opportunity to explore college classes, live in the honors dormitory, learn more about higher education, and make connections with other high achieving students from throughout the country. The living-and-learning environment in IUP’s Whitmyre Hall, a dormitory exclusively for the members of the school’s honors college, brings together students from across the country giving them a sense of what living in a “community of scholars” would be like. Over the two weeks of the program, they will attend classes that are dynamic, motivating, and interactive. Sessions are taught by experienced IUP faculty who guide their intellectual explorations and give them – most of whom happen to be first-generation college students – a sense of what college will be like.
The first half of each day is spent in an interdisciplinary “Honors Core Course” tackling some of the most basic and oft-debated questions of human existence, such as “How do we discern the good from the bad?” or “What do we know? What do we believe? Is there a difference?” Working with professors of literature, philosophy, history, biology, and the fine arts, the students get the unique opportunity for the synthesis of big ideas. They are challenged to develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of great scholars’ arguments, group discussions, writing, and group presentations.
The second half of each day is spent immersed in a more specific field of study, “a major,” chosen from a wide range of topics: Biochemistry, Constitutional Law, East Asian Languages (Introduction to Korean Language and Culture through K-POP and K-DRAMA), East Asian Languages (Language, Cognition and Culture), English: The Science and Nature of Shakespeare Through the 21st Century, Journalism/Public Relations, Mathematics, Nanochemistry, Political Communication, Psychology, and World War II in America.
The cost of the two-week program is $1,375 per person, but each student was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the university to attend.
For more information about IUP’s Cook Honors College, go to: www.iup.edu/honors.

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