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Courses listed are for summer, 2014. Our 2015 details will be announced in December.

Students who qualify for the Center for Summer Studies represent the highest-scoring students in Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search. The courses offered at the Center for Summer Studies are some of the most challenging and rigorous available to academically gifted students in the country.

At the Center for Summer Studies, students qualify for specific courses based on their scores on subsections of the ACT or SAT. For example, students with excellent math scores are eligible for math courses, while students who excelled in writing can choose humanities courses. Click here for more information about score requirements.

Fine Arts

Explore the history and process of designing spaces and structures through a comprehensive examination of the rich world of architecture. Study drafting techniques and buildings of great historical significance and learn the language of architecture, including typology, plan, section, elevation, perspective, axonometric, scale, program, and more. Work collaboratively and independently on creating and building your own projects for various purposes. Explore the macro and micro scales of architecture as you juxtapose the idea that "no building is an island" with the alternative viewpoint that "architecture is in the details." Offered: 7/8 - Davidson College (Terms 1 and 2)

From Bach to Rock: A History of 20th Century Music
How has culture shaped the history of music and contributed to the music we listen to today? This course, an introduction to the major trends and techniques in 20th-century music, draws connections between the rapidly changing classical tradition, the emerging style of jazz, and modern mainstream music such as rock. Gain an understanding of how the history and development of music relate to historical, political, and social contexts throughout the 20th century by listening to, discussing, debating, and researching various styles. Explore the basics of music theory and music technology to construct musical works in various styles. No prior musical experience required. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

Visual Art: From the Studio to the Museum
Throughout history art has served many functions, from commemorating important events to providing social commentary interpreting issues of the day. Examine the creation of art through the eyes of art historians and practicing artists as they use forms ranging from painting to performance art, from realism to abstraction, and from ancient art to contemporary digital creations to interpret subject matter and support change in thought. Develop visual art techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting, and ceramic making. Visit San Antonio's McNay Art Museum, explore the living arts scene of San Antonio, and create your own art in Trinity University's art studios. Through analysis of masterworks and master artists, learn to recognize excellence in the visual arts and strive toward achieving it in your student-created portfolio. Learn more about artists' processes and how artwork is ultimately placed within the greater context of art history, contemporary art theory, and society in general. No art experience required. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Term 2)

Humanities (Writing Intensive)

Apocalypse Soon: The End of the World in Myth, Literature, and Film
Trace Susan Sontag's "imagination of disaster" across human history and across diverse cultures from the Norse Ragnarok to the mutually assured destruction of the Cold War. Engage in an interdisciplinary study of apocalypse that uses historical, political, psychological, philosophical, and scientific methodology alongside traditional literary analysis. Understand why it is that human societies - our current cultural moment included - seem so preoccupied with imagining their own annihilation. Is it true, as REM's Michael Stipe once crooned, that "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine?" Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Term 2)

Big Screen, Little Screen: Writing for the Camera
Many of us believe we have the next great movie idea that will take Hollywood by storm, do away with recycled story lines and tired plots, and return us to the golden era of cinema with films that are both challenging and entertaining. Delve into your imagination and explore the outside world to express your creative ideas. Develop a habit of taking notes on anything and everything, learn from and appreciate the writing of talented screenwriters, and fine-tune your knowledge of the written word. Apply these skills to the art of screenwriting--idea development, outlining, treatments, story, character, setting, dialogue, theme, and subplots--and explore new storylines to captivate your audience. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 1)

Celluloid Visions: A Critical Study of Film
This course is an introduction to film as a form of art and entertainment. Explore the basic history, concepts, and terms associated with the study of film, and apply these concepts to the production of short videos through on-campus video production exercises. Through the focus on film studies and production, examine how films are constructed through the interplay of narrative, technological, and aesthetic systems. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 2)

Creative Nonfiction: Truth with Personality
Writers of creative nonfiction have one goal: to capture the truth while also telling a great story. While creative nonfiction is based on facts, its writers use literary tools commonly associated with fiction, such as narrative, character development, setting, and suspense, to convey the meaning of events, people, and ideas. Thanks to the blogosphere, the genre has exploded in popularity, with teen bloggers such as Tavi Gevinson and Spencer Tweedy leading the charge for young voices online. But creative nonfiction, which encompasses personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, criticism, narrative history, and more, has deep roots in literary history through writers such as Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway. In this writer's workshop-style course, read and analyze creative nonfiction works and learn how to use narrative techniques to turn your life and your passions into compelling stories on the page . Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 2)

Creative Writing: Express Yourself
Discover your artistic voice through an in-depth look at examples of great literature and the elements that form the foundation of such writing, plot, character, setting, and style. With particular emphasis on fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, use the writing process to create short and long literary works of your own. Work collaboratively with the instructor and your classmates to refine editing and revision skills. Analyze a range of literary pieces to improve your own creative writing. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Terms 1 and 2), Wake Forest University (Term 1), Davidson College (Terms 1 and 2)

History of the Future
Study the origins of futurism and examine how societies attempt to predict the future despite uncertainty. Draw upon the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, and information technology to investigate current trends in these fields and discover the possible contours of tomorrow's global society. Trace the cultural assumptions that underlie failed predictions such as flying cars, household nuclear power, lunar colonies, and the eradication of poverty. Investigate the social, political, and scientific limitations that prevented their emergence. Examine current predictions about climate change, developing nations, international resource conflicts, overpopulation, debt, and the future of democracy. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 1)

Literary License without Limits
Experienced writers apply here. No matter your preferred genre, go beyond your writing limits by exploring countless creative ways of crafting and structuring language. Examine various techniques such as chronology, argument, evolving revelation, juxtaposition, and retrospective. Critique works from prominent authors to lesser known masters of the art. Become a more emboldened writer through the critical peer review process. Novelists, memoirists, poets, and authors of all other genres will be supported and challenged in this course. Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Term 1), Duke University East Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

Myths and Legends
Storytelling is an integral part of many cultures around the world, a practice that defines who we are and what our societies value. In ancient storytelling, two important groupings emerge: creation myths and heroic tales. Together, they make up a vital part of many cultures' traditions, as well as the central subject matter of this course. Acquire a cross-cultural understanding of the hero's journey and creation stories through reading, creative writing, drama, and research. Undergo your own hero's journey as you relate your own life experiences to ancient archetypes and heroic templates. Studies include Greek and Roman mythology, Native American narratives, Arthurian legends, and the emergence of the contemporary legend. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Term 1), Wake Forest University (Term 2)

Philosophy in Literature and Film
In subtle and overt ways, philosophical concepts ranging from nihilism to existentialism shape artistic works including novels, plays, comic books, pop music, and documentaries. Through critical literary and film analysis, explore the ways in which authors and filmmakers express various philosophical ideas through their media. Investigate the relationship between philosophy and art and develop an understanding of the way in which literature and film present a unique approach to philosophical quandaries regarding self, morality, epistemology, and perception. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 2)

Philosophy of Time
What is time? How have different cultures throughout history understood and represented it? Does it unfold in a straight line, or is it best represented by a circle of eternal recurrence? Examine how a wide range of thinkers have dealt with the issue of time and temporality. Discuss the phenomenology of Martin Heidegger and the space-time theory of Albert Einstein alongside Native American mythology, Romantic poetry, Buddhist philosophy, and Christian theology. Analyze how television and movies create new visions of the past when depicting historical periods. Consider the theories of dimensions of time to tackle a proposition that has obsessed modern culture: time travel. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 1)

Searching for Clues: Literature, Law, and Logic
History writing, mystery solving, and criminal law each rely on the careful reconstruction of the past based on limited, sometimes incomplete, and contradictory evidence. Explore the history of detective fiction and the notions of evidence and proof that underlie 19th- and 20th-century methods of investigation. Explore the roles of investigator and interpreter and question what counts as evidence in various arenas and why. Investigate the nature of interpretation and deduction, actions which are central to all academic fields and to much of our decision-making on a day-to-day basis. Investigate a case, construct competing narratives of what might have happened based on primary source documents, and gather evidence to reconstruct your own version of the past. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Term 1), Wake Forest University (Term 2)

Shakesperience: From the Page to the Stage
William Shakespeare's works have enthralled audiences for more than 400 years. Why do we still find his comedies hilarious and his tragedies heart-breaking? Read and analyze a range of Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, and histories not typically taught in middle or high school. Examine shifting gender roles, political subtexts, forbidden romances, rebellious teenagers, and murderous plots. Participate in daily theatre games to explore various acting techniques and to gain a better understanding of directorial decision making. Create stage and costume designs while gaining insight regarding how to adapt literature for the stage. Offered: 7/8 - Davidson College (Terms 1 and 2)

Speculative Fiction: Reading and Writing about Alternate Worlds
What do J.R.R. Tolkien's Gollum , Shakespeare's fairies, Stephen King's Cujo, Suzanne Collins' Katniss Everdeen, and Ray Bradbury's Martians all have in common? They each inhabit the highly imaginative world of speculative fiction, a genre that includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, utopian, and dystopian fiction. Authors of speculative fiction often wrestle with complex social and psychological issues ranging from genetic engineering to predestination and personal freedom to forms of government, often in far reaching and fantastical settings. Experiment with storytelling techniques in your writing and receive peer feedback in a course that challenges you to imagine and create original worlds of your own. Read and analyze a variety of authors within the genre with a critical eye towards enhancing your own writing. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Term 2), Wake Forest University (Term 1)

Symbols and Structure: Uncovering the Unconscious in Literature, Film, and Art
We operate in a world of symbols every day, not only desktop icons, company logos, and team mascots but every printed word we read, even the sounds we use in speech. What does this say about who we are and how our minds function? Touching upon linguistics, sociology, and psychology, explore the structures that form both our inner and outer worlds. Develop tools to analyze the ways we express to others who we are. Uncover masked meanings underlying artistic works of all ages, and unlock the interplay of associations within your own dreams. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 1)

That's Debatable
State your case! Learn the art of argument used in presidential debates, courtroom showdowns, and forensics tournaments. Explore the spoken word by examining influential speeches and using research as a central tool in formulating persuasive speeches. Study the logic of argument and the use of words to create an elegant discourse. Learn to develop effective spoken and written arguments by making and supporting claims with evidence, and by paying attention to what constitutes evidence with a particular audience. Offered: 7/8 - Davidson College (Terms 1 and 2)

Through the Wormhole: The Past, Present, and Future of Science Fiction
Does technology allow us to improve ourselves, or does it only make it easier to propagate our problems on a wider scale? Science fiction allows us to explore our world and the universe in a time when technology makes the once impossible commonplace. It all sounds so tantalizingly close, as these stories reference and manipulate the familiar . But when we move beyond our own planet, star system, or time period, we often find characters grappling with familiar and unresolved issues: poverty, injustice, exploitation, conflicting political systems, hostile peoples or aliens. Even in worlds where everyday problems like sexism or cancer are solved, we discover imperfect realities, or perhaps, just representations of our imperfect selves. Read and analyze a variety of authors and research in the extensive archive at Georgia Tech's Bud Foote Science Fiction Collection. Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Term 1)

Utopia, Dystopia, Myopia: Philosophical Perspectives on the Technological Age
Siri reminding us to feed the dog is just one example of intelligent machines growing smarter and more powerful each day. Technology can create longer lifespans, shorten attention spans, and reveal new futures. What are the implications of these rapid changes? Insights afforded by literature, philosophy, and the humanities can provide us with valuable perspectives about our shifting world. This class is designed as a conversation among philosophers and futurists, utopians and prophets of doom, contemporary social critics and the great thinkers of modernity. As we move from speculative works to empirical questions, we will investigate the nature and function of technology, considering their implications for art, politics, and the production of knowledge. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 2)

Words that Matter: Rhetoric and Persuasion
Delve into an advanced exploration of the power of the spoken word. Examine influential speeches and debates, study the logic and structure of effective arguments, and research the reasoning behind deliberate word choices. Create your own persuasive style, hone your skills of analysis and focus your writing to articulate your message. Refine your speaking skills and debate delivery to illustrate points of divergence instead of mere disagreement. After practicing these skills, apply them by preparing and presenting in-class debates. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 2)

Writing with Power
Writing is a complex process drawing on a number of skills from analysis and invention to revision and style. Read, gather information, hone arguments, and produce essays and other shorter assignments. Discuss texts and current events, engaging in issues related to your own values and perspectives on the larger world. Craft writing that considers audience, purpose, and occasion to articulate arguments, communicate, and persuade others. Effectively utilize library resources to conduct research and analyze writing models to express ideas with clarity, awareness, and engagement. This course is an introduction to college-level writing. Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Term 2), Duke University East Campus (Term 1)


Algebra II
Complete a highly accelerated year of high school math. See the syllabus and course content at www.tip.duke.edu/math. A graphing calculator is required. The Center-level course will be taught at an accelerated pace and will examine some topics in greater depth than the comparable Academy-level course. Note: The North Carolina End-of-Course test will not be administered. An instructor-created exam will be the final assessment in the course. Prerequisite: Algebra I or its equivalent. You must mail a school transcript, a copy of a grade report, or a letter from your school to document your successful completion of Algebra I or its equivalent. Offered: 7/8 - Wake Forest University (Term 2), Davidson College (Term 2), 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 2)

Cryptography, Codebreaking, and the Mathematics of Spying
Throughout history, human societies have devoted significant resources to the protection of domestic secrets and the detection of foreign intelligence. Explore the techniques of cryptography and code breaking; delve into the complex mathematical theories behind modern cryptography; and learn to translate these theories into working computer code. Brainstorm solutions to problems involving cipher development and Internet security by producing an independent project on a topic of your choice. Completion of Algebra I or its equivalent is preferred, but not required. Offered: 7/8 - Wake Forest University (Terms 1 and 2), Davidson College (Terms 1 and 2)

Game Theory: Economics
Using complex mathematical concepts, analyze situations in which two or more parties are competing, determine the best course of action for each party, predict the outcome, and then apply these concepts to circumstances across all disciplines. Investigate the foundations of Game Theory, or Formal Decision Theory, and its use as a tool to help people conceptualize and navigate complex decision-making processes in ways that produce optimum benefit. Explore applications in economics that inform mergers, negotiations, marketing and pricing strategies, and contract formation, as well as applications in strategic conflict and warfare, evolutionary systems, psychology, and sociology. Prerequisite: Algebra I. You must mail a school transcript, a copy of a grade report, or a letter from your school to document your successful completion of Algebra I or its equivalent. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

Mathematical Problem Solving
Apply mathematical knowledge and methods in new ways to solve interesting and complicated problems and proofs. Prepare for high-school mathematics and beyond by developing critical mathematical thinking. This course also covers common mathematics contest topics and encourages students to delve into more difficult problems using knowledge of these topics. Develop structural knowledge of mathematical proofs, the foundation for all higher-level mathematics. A diagnostic test given at the beginning of the term will ensure you are challenged with new mathematical concepts. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Terms 1 and 2), Davidson College (Terms 1 and 2)

Mobius Strips, Klein Bottles, and Fractals: The Mathematics of Distortion
Explore topology, the mathematical study of twisting, bending, and stretching objects. Learn how industrial design, engineering, and theoretical physics employ applications of Mobius strips. Discover mathematical distortion techniques that work on highly complex systems, such as roving sensor networks for security systems. Examine the continuity between shapes and the ways in which seemingly different objects are topologically the same. Study fractals, knots, and manifolds using concepts of points, lines and curves. Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Term 1), Duke University East Campus (Term 2)

Problems, Proofs, and Paradoxes: Math through the Ages
The history of mathematics runs from the ancient civilizations of Babylonia, Egypt, and Greece to the classrooms of the 21st century. From the bridges of Konigsberg that led to the development of graph theory to the value of Pi, the greatest mathematical problems intrigued and guided understanding for hundreds of years. Focus on practical, real-life problems as you explore the three main branches of higher math: symmetry, analysis, and topology. Go beyond memorizing formulas and rules for solving problems--engage in the exploration and deeper analysis at the heart of mathematics. Offered: 7/8 - Davidson College (Term 1)

Pure Math: Elements of Number Theory
How do we know that the square root of two is irrational? Many people learn math without ever considering the ideas and theories behind the processes and concepts involved. One of the oldest branches of mathematics, number theory, is an examination of different approaches to the ways we use numbers and the alternatives to our common numerical understanding, such as modular arithmetic and alternate base numbers. Work not just to solve problems, but develop an understanding of the power behind numbers and different approaches to math. Offered: 7/8 - Wake Forest University (Term 1)

Spy 101: Cryptology and Number Theory
The history of cryptology, the art of enciphering and deciphering, is one of the most exciting stories of applied mathematics. It is a story of conspiracies and intrigue, secret societies and intelligence services, war and peace, power and money. Governments and big corporations have been paralyzed by code breakers, and outcomes of wars have been influenced by cryptologists. The ongoing race between encrypters and attackers has led to ingenious and elaborate coding algorithms that make heavy use of classical results from number theory. Approach the subject from a historical point of view, emphasizing the elementary theoretical aspects of number theory, abstract algebra, and cryptology. Study monoalphabetic and polyalphabetic substitution ciphers as well as modular arithmetic and mathematical induction, basic probability theory, and elementary matrix theory. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 1)


Anatomy, Physiology, and Medical Ethics
Learn the tools to view the human body as a complex and intricate structure. Explore the connection between structure (anatomy) and function (physiology), and analyze this relationship in cells, organs, and organisms as a whole. Examine the different functional systems such as digestive, circulatory, and skeletal and the various building blocks of the body. Participate in hands-on laboratory exercises to visualize and practice principles and ideas. Discuss established medical ethics, and debate circumstances, technologies, and advances that challenge and/or justify ethical standards. Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Terms 1 and 2), Duke University West Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

Animal Behavior
Investigate the ways animals interact with each other and relate to their physical environment. Explore how a moth can trick its predators into thinking it is an owl. Discover how super organisms work and interact. Study why some animals protect their siblings and other do not. Analyze predator/prey relationships, territoriality, feeding behavior, and foraging. Other topics include the evolution of social behaviors, mate selection, and parental behavior. The class will be supplemented with laboratory activities, behavioral modeling, and research. Offered: 7/8 - Davidson College (Term 2)

Biological and Chemical Sciences
Science moves forward by generating theories consistent with laboratory observation. Interact directly with natural phenomena and data collected by others as you design investigations, manipulate equipment, and analyze results. Engage in scientific reasoning through laboratory exercises, class discussions and field trips, using the same biology and chemistry procedures scientists use in the field . With experiments in classical and modern genetics, bacteria sampling, anatomy, chemical reaction, work collaboratively to analyze data, connect outcomes with theory, and draw conclusions from experiments. Exploring current scientific research and discuss the societal implications of advancing scientific knowledge. Offered: 7/8 - Davidson College (Terms 1 and 2)

Biology of Cancer
In the United States, 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Given the prevalence of this disease, much attention and research has been focused on identifying causes and designing treatments to combat it. Examine the historical perspective on the biology of cancer and explore the molecular biology and genetic changes that occur during cancer, including the six "hallmarks of cancer" as defined by Robert Weinberg. Discuss the role of genetics, oncogenes, and tumor suppressor genes in the development of the disease. Debate the ethics surrounding genetic testing and cancer treatment. Conduct research using current articles and primary literature on cancer at Duke's Perkins Library and participate in laboratory activities to illustrate concepts. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University West Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical engineering applies fundamental science and math principles to improve human health beyond the limits of traditional medicine. Learn the engineering design process used by biomedical engineers and investigate how they create new diagnosis and treatment methods in tissue engineering, genetic engineering, drug delivery, and biomedical instrumentation. Explore principles such as density, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems, Newton's laws of motion, genetics, and electromagnetism. Perform gel electrophoresis, gene expression analysis, circuitry design, and cell staining, techniques routinely used by biomedical engineers to advance the field of medicine. Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Terms 1 and 2)

DNA: Unlocking the Genetic Code
Inside most human cells is a six-foot long molecule that contains millions of pieces of information. Take a hands-on approach to understanding this molecule, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), and the way the information within it creates a roadmap for a person's growth, development, physical features, risk of disease, and more. Explore the genetic basis for the traits that make each person unique and study how leading scientists are tackling cures for diseases. Through lab experiments, simulations, discussions and presentations, learn about the mechanics of DNA and why it is arguably the most important molecule to all life on Earth. Offered: 7/8 - Wake Forest University (Terms 1 and 2)

Earthshaking Science: From Rocks to Aftershocks
Explore the processes, history, and interior of planet Earth using cutting-edge laboratory, field, and computer technologies, and experience the modern world of interdisciplinary science applying physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics to study your home planet. As a geo-CSI scientist, unravel 1.3 billion-year-old events in the Texas hill country using microscopic and X-ray analysis of the fragments of remaining evidence. Use a high-precision gravity meter, infrared total station, and multi-channel seismograph to explore the structure and makeup of unseen rock beneath the surface. Use satellite remote sensing data to study volcanoes around the globe and real-time data from the global earthquake seismic network to study earthquakes and map the deep interior of Earth's mantle and core. Join Dr. Glenn Kroeger, Professor of Geosciences at Trinity University, for this course, which includes field trips to Enchanted Rock, fossil collecting stops and a cavern to explore how microscopic organisms 100 million years ago still impact our climate and water supply. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Term 1)

Electrical Engineering
Electrical engineers are key creators behind many high-tech innovations such as global positioning systems that can pinpoint a car's location, giant generators that can power entire cities, or a new design for an airplane's electrical system. Explore the physical basis and mathematical models of electrical components and circuits. Work in teams to design and build electronic circuits and investigate voltage, resistance, amperes, watts, and circuit theorems. Analyze linear circuits, semiconductors, frequency representation, and sequential logic. Determine applications for electrical engineering concepts in other scientific fields and everyday life. *This course is open to current ninth and tenth graders only. Offered: 9/10 - Duke University West Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

Energy, Conservation, and Green Technology
Scientists in the cutting-edge field of green technology continuously analyze new methods, materials, and techniques to create innovative products and systems that will conserve natural resources and curb the negative impact of humans on the environment. Through laboratory and discussion-based activities, explore how environmental science, chemistry, physics, and materials science all contribute to the goal of building a greener future. Study the latest products and materials in the lab. Evaluate the costs and benefits associated with different methods of energy and fuel production. Analyze the politics and policies behind various green technologies, including why some new products and systems are more widely used than others, while also examining their wider societal impact. Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Terms 1 and 2)

Engineering Problem Solving
Explore the various fields of engineering and their interactions in an intensively hands-on way. Engineers apply science and mathematics to meet social and/or commercial needs such as constructing a dam, building efficient aircraft, designing safe patterns for the flow of traffic, or concocting an environmentally friendly plastic on a commercial scale. Build structures and test their ability to withstand various forces, design circuits, analyze the effects of different resistors, and participate in other interactive labs. The Center-level course will be taught at an accelerated pace and will examine some topics in greater depth than the comparable Academy-level course. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Terms 1 and 2), Wake Forest University (Terms 1 and 2), Davidson College (Terms 1 and 2)

Evolutionary Biology
There are an estimated 8.7 million species on Earth. But, what really determines a species, and how are all of these species connected to each other? Examine how scientists understand the sequence of events that lead to our current diversity of life through phylogenetic systematics. Research the difference in organisms using modern software, exploring differences between species based on morphology and genetics. From the underlying theory of evolution, including systematics , common ancestry and parsimony, to advanced computer simulations, take a hands-on approach to the field of biology devoted to studying the evolutionary history of life on Earth. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University West Campus (Term 2)

Forensic Anthropology
Forensic anthropologists are often called "bone detectives" and are featured on many crime-solving television shows. From the fictional Temperance Brennan of "Bones" to George Dorsey, the first forensic anthropologist to receive a doctoral degree at Harvard, these scientists help solve crimes and resolve mysteries based on the human skeleton. Explore the application of physical anthropology, archaeology, human osteology (skeletal studies), and crime-solving techniques in police investigations. Learn techniques commonly used to identify victims, as well as the anatomical, entomological, and environmental effects of decomposition and burial. Identify, plot, and excavate a mock crime scene, and learn how forensic anthropologists determine age, sex, ancestry, diseases, and pathologies found in human remains. Research and practice the role of an expert witness, and learn about the laws associated with forensic studies. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University West Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

Forensic Science
Forensic science is the scientific analysis of physical evidence. Examine some types of evidence encountered in criminal investigations and the techniques used to analyze that evidence. Analyze fingerprint and trace evidence such as hairs, fibers, glass, and paint. Engage in laboratory exercises simulating real-life methods of evidence analysis, and then participate in a mock crime scene, examining the many roles of crime scene investigators. Round out the course with discussion and debate cases and the portrayal of forensic science in popular culture. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University West Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

With the human genome sequenced, it is more pressing than ever to develop a foundational knowledge of the molecular nature, historical significance, and mechanistic underpinnings of the stuff that is life. Venture into the biology of heredity, gene regulation, and molecular genetics. Using visual presentations, journal writing, videos, group activities, lab experiments, in-class readings, and individual problem sets, explore not only the science, but the ethics, philosophy, and politics that accompany the science. Debate relevant current topics concerning the impact of genetic discoveries, including genetically modified foods, stem cell research, gene therapy, genetic diseases, and cloning. *This course is open to current ninth and tenth graders only. Offered: 9/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Terms 1 and 2), Duke University West Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

Introduction to Laboratory Sciences
Discover what the world of hands-on science has to offer. Through laboratory exercises and field trips, gather and process information, focusing on laboratory procedures, graphing, interpreting and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. Lab exercises include experiments in Newtonian physics, Mendelian genetics, bacteria sampling, pH measurements, and ecological monitoring. Work collaboratively with peers to analyze investigations, connect outcomes with theory, and draw conclusions. Learn and practice laboratory safety and care of laboratory equipment. Beyond the classroom, the world is our laboratory. Explore the biology, chemistry and physics of our surroundings on several field trips. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Terms 1 and 2)

Marine Biology: Estuaries and Marshes
Survey and explore the structure, function, ecology, and development of marine life found in estuarine and coastal habitats. The unusual nature of these habitats that exist between the land and the open ocean create unique relationships among the plants and animals that live there. Use classroom presentations, laboratory experiments, and field trips to gain hands-on experience with the marine life that exists in coastal habitats. Offered: 8/9/10 - Duke University Marine Laboratory (Term 1)

Marine Biology: Near Shore & Oceans
Perform an in-depth examination of the biology of marine life in ocean and inlet habitats. The Duke University Marine Lab provides access to these large bodies of water and the organisms that inhabit them. Examine how life has adapted to the features of these ocean habitats and how that adaptation influences the relationships within the ecological communities. Along with work in the classroom, engage in hands-on fieldwork through dredging, trawling, and towing trips on Duke University's research vessels at various marine and geological sites. Offered: 8/9/10 - Duke University Marine Laboratory (Term 1)

Modern Medicine: Disease and Immunology
Disease can change the course of a single life or the course of human history. Today's medical professionals work in an age rich with options for alleviating suffering, but diseases continue to spread and have significant impact on individuals and societies. Examine the anatomy of cells, tissues, and organ systems to better understand how disease inhibits their functions. Engage in surveys of hematology, serology, immunity, and genetics. Simulate the work of a doctor by conducting research, employing hands-on investigation, and developing skills to write formal laboratory reports. The Center-level course will be taught at an accelerated pace and will examine some topics in greater depth than the comparable Academy-level course. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Terms 1 and 2), Wake Forest University (Terms 1 and 2), Davidson College (Terms 1 and 2)

Humans everywhere are turning to the brain for answers to questions that have plagued our species for centuries: Why do people do evil things? What is love? Why do we dream? How do we remember? What is consciousness? Address these questions from the perspectives of a variety of academic disciplines such as physiology, pharmacology, pathology, psychology, and philosophy. After becoming acquainted with the methods and tools that researchers employ in their studies, explore puzzling questions by examining evolving theories and contemporary methodologies in science and philosophy. Examine the basic structural and organizational aspects of neuroanatomy and physiology, study current research regarding sleeping/dreaming, consciousness, behavioral disorders, neuropathology, memory, and artificial intelligence. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University West Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

Nuclear Science
Nuclear science plays a vital role in the lives of Americans, providing approximately a fifth of our energy and diagnosing and healing millions of patients with nuclear medical procedures. Nuclear science is used to enhance the food we eat, control pests, track materials flow in industry, date archeological artifacts, and identify chemical compositions. Through hands-on activities, computer simulations, and discussions, learn the science within the atom, study the history of key discoveries in the field, and debate the ethics of nuclear weaponry. Apply Einstein's famous formula E=mc2, and learn about atomic structure, isotopes, half-life, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, fission, and fusion. Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Term 2), Duke University West Campus (Term 1)

Delve into the fundamental components of studying the global oceans. Investigate the physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes that govern microscopic to macroscopic patterns in the ocean system. Explore general issues on the nature of science, the role of scientific rationalism in modern society, and the development of practical problem-solving skills. Examine oceanography's relationship to social and political issues. Study biotic and abiotic components of the global oceans through engaged discussion, laboratory experiments, and field research. Design and complete a research project to present to your peers. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University Marine Laboratory (Term 1)

Physics of Energy
The study of energy is a central component of advanced study in physics and engineering. Investigate the fundamental principles of energy such as conservation of energy, efficiency, and thermodynamics. Explore these principles in Duke University's physics laboratories, and apply these physics concepts to the study of varying means of energy generation, as well as the scientific exploration of alternative energy sources. *This course is open to current ninth and tenth graders only. Offered: 9/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Term 1), Duke University West Campus (Term 2)

Physics of Propulsion
The investigation of Newton's Laws of Motion, principally Newton's third law of action and reaction, will provide the basis for study of propulsion systems that produce thrust. The four principal propulsion systems-the propeller, the turbine, the ramjet, and the rocket-will serve as the foundation of discussion. The course will focus on four divisions of propulsion: ground propulsion, marine propulsion, air propulsion, and spacecraft propulsion. Investigate the laws of physics that define propulsion, which are the cornerstone of inquiry into understanding not only the basics of propulsion, but future possibilities for propulsion of all types. Participate in labs involving various propulsion engines and construct and launch rockets. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Term 2)

Primate Biology: Lemurs, Lorises, and Bushbabies
The study of our closest biological relatives helps us understand where we fit into the animal kingdom and why we are so unique. Learn about the immense diversity of this order, which includes over 200 species living on five continents. Examine common characteristics of primates, and explore current primate taxonomy, the evolution of the group, and trends and variation in primate subsistence, physiology, locomotion, social structures, and cognition. Consider the impact of a changing society on these creatures. Utilize the Duke University Lemur Center, which holds the largest collection of living prosimians in the world, for daily observation, data collection, behavior analysis, and research. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University West Campus (Term 1)

Spacecraft Mission Design
Go where only a few men, women, and spacecraft have gone before. Discover the history of spaceflight, from Isaac Newton and Johannes Kepler to NASA's Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions to the Mars Rover and current interstellar research. Explore orbital mechanics and how bodies move through space, and learn how re-entry atmospheric flight works. Study the physics behind spacecraft and mission design, and then design your own mission and measure its impact. Georgia Tech's top-ranked Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering and its Space Systems Design Lab, where researchers are working to identify and assess new technologies and approaches for human and robotic planetary exploration, create a perfect backdrop for this dynamic course. Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Terms 1 and 2)

The Brain, Intelligence, and Creativity
Examine the intersection of neuroscience and psychology as you investigate the most complex organ in the human body. Through the framework of brain physiology and development, examine intelligence, creativity, and the way people experience the world. In addition to classroom activities, discussions, and debate, participate in hands-on laboratory work, brain imaging, and academic research. The Center-level course will be taught at an accelerated pace and will examine some topics in greater depth than the comparable Academy-level course. Offered: 7/8 - Davidson College (Terms 1 and 2)

Zoological Studies: Evolution and Extinction on Planet Earth
Explore the fundamentals of animal behavior and zoological study. Analyze animal behavior by learning general theories and techniques through lecture, case studies, labs, and direct behavioral observation. Gain practical knowledge in scientific presentation and study techniques through group and individual research on animal behavior. Apply knowledge to discussion and debate within the emerging field of conservation biology, the study of preservation, and the avoidance of extinction through adaptation. Offered: 7/8 - Davidson College (Term 1)

Social Science

Abnormal Psychology
What makes a behavior abnormal? What are the major psychological disorders and how do mental health professionals diagnose them? What causes abnormal behavior and what treatment strategies have proven to be effective? Investigate a wide array of psychological disorders and related theoretical concepts. Review diagnostic criteria, possible causes, treatment modalities, and the ways in which our perception of what constitutes acceptable behavior has changed over time. Examine the impact psychological disorders have on society, and analyze current controversies associated with disorders and the broader field in general. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University West Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

Archaeology and Anthropology: Stones and Bones
Delve into a college-level introduction to anthropology, the holistic study of humans and human societies, both in the classroom and in the field. Explore anthropology's traditional four fields: archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistics, and biological (or physical) anthropology. Study some of the major discoveries and theoretical precepts of these disciplines, emphasizing the application of anthropological methods. Identify, plot, and excavate an archaeological site, classify and analyze the fossilized remains of human ancestors, and conduct ethnographic research. Offered: 7/8 - Wake Forest University (Terms 1 and 2)

Business Strategy: Beyond the Lemonade Stand
Study and practice business planning, decision analysis, and management strategies as they relate to the development and implementation of successful companies. Examine the leadership principles and strategies of highly successful entrepreneurs and analyze how a trend becomes firmly entrenched in the marketplace. Identify the microeconomic principles behind decision making with regard to resources, price, and marketing as you develop and present your own successful business plan. Offered: 7/8 - Wake Forest University (Terms 1 and 2)

Criminal Minds: Psychology and the Law
Psychology and law overlap in a variety of crucial ways. Within the courtroom, psychologists provide opinions on issues ranging from jury selection and eyewitness testimony to memory and the insanity plea. Gain a broad-based introduction to both psychology and the legal system and evaluate the ways in which these professions intersect. Focus on the sociological factors that have been marked as potential flags for high criminality rates as well as the process of apprehending and prosecuting notorious criminals. Review ground-breaking legal rulings and examine the ways in which the Supreme Court addresses complex cases involving mental illness, civil rights, and criminal acts. Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Term 2), Duke University East Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

Criminal Trial Advocacy
This course is modeled after law school curriculum. Delve into black-letter law and litigation techniques used by trial lawyers through a series of workshop activities and the analysis of criminal procedure cases. Apply legal principles through a series of structured oral arguments and mock trials. Explore the nuances of arrest, indictment, and pretrial discovery from the perspective of both the prosecution and the defense. Work through hypothetical problems in groups, engage in Socratic-style dialogues, and participate in class-wide discussions. Write legal briefs, apply previous court decisions to current controversies, and develop and present a case. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

Crunching the Numbers: Global Finance
In an age when global financial transactions involve millions, billions, and even trillions of dollars, the question arises: Where does all of the money go? Examine finance principles such as the time value of money and the risk-return relationship. Analyze financial instruments both from investors' and companies' perspectives. Assess the financial rewards and challenges faced by firms and individuals in a global economy. Consider the role of technology in global finance. Examine the various methods used for financial forecasting. Use "money math" to perform quantitative stock evaluations, data measurement, product costing, and corporate budgeting. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University West Campus (Term 2)

Dictators, Kings, and CEOs: The Evolution of Empire
Empires are perhaps the single most formative phenomenon in history. Survey influential empires through the ages and learn how they impacted the development of the world politically, culturally, socially, and militarily. Follow Augustus as his legions spread the glory of Rome across Europe. Ride with Genghis Khan as he shakes the foundations of the civilized world with terror. Examine the spread of American culture and beliefs across the globe, from McDonald's to democracy. Engage in literary analysis and historical research at Duke University's libraries. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 1)

International Relations: Global Conflicts
Why do people go to war, engage in trade, or defend human rights? How do these issues affect the individual, and what difference can one person make? Analyze and debate these theoretical, practical, and ethical questions as they relate to terrorism, the media, Marxism, globalization, weapons of mass destruction, ethnic conflict, nationalism, sovereignty, genocide, and international law. Study current and historical conflicts to analyze and predict outcomes and their ramifications. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 2)

Complete an intensive course equivalent to an introductory or principles level college course in macroeconomics. Develop a basic understanding of the theory and practice of macroeconomics, including an understanding of the determinants of the levels of income, output, and employment. Analyze the determinants of consumption, investment, government spending, and net exports, and study the model of international trade that determines exchange rates and the balance of trade. Discuss the economic impact of the federal deficit and debt and the effectiveness of discretionary fiscal and monetary policies under a number of models, and analyze macroeconomic debates to effectively participate in the political process. This course is taught by longtime Duke TIP instructor Professor John Kane. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 1)

Complete an intensive course, roughly equivalent to an introductory or principles level college course in microeconomic theory. Use microeconomics as a model to understand and analyze human behavior. Apply an analytical approach to the study of how individuals and societies deal with the fundamental problem of scarce resources. Understand how these principles affect individuals trying to maximize their utility, businesses trying to maximize their profits, and societies trying to manage resources. Analyze controversial issues such as minimum wage laws, farm subsidies, rent controls, protectionism, pollution, welfare programs, and the tradeoff occurring between equity and efficiency that result from various microeconomic policies. This course is taught by longtime Duke TIP instructor Professor John Kane. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 2)

Mock Trial
Examine fundamental topics of law, including the criminal and civil justice system, rules of evidence, eyewitness testimony, civil rights, and challenges to constitutional law. Apply the principles and practices of courtroom trials, experiment with the art of litigation as prosecutors and defenders, and consider challenges inherent in seeking justice. Read and understand precedent-setting decisions made by the Supreme Court and discuss the Supreme Court's role in interpreting constitutional law. Practice using the case method while enhancing research and public speaking skills. This course is writing intensive. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Terms 1 and 2), Wake Forest University (Terms 1 and 2)

Political Cultures and Countercultures: The Battle for Public Opinion
Since the beginning of recorded history, politics has been a struggle between two opposing forces: elite and popular power. While elite history is recorded in the actions of kings and the growth of empires, the politics of the lower classes is expressed in an era's popular culture. Examine grassroots movements and their efforts to subvert political regimes throughout history. Analyze Greek tragedy, Shakespeare's Elizabethan propaganda, Whitman's Democratic Romanticism, Beat poetry, 1960s protest music, and the current blogosphere in conversation with political theorists such as Plato, Rousseau, Emerson, Marx, and Harvey. Follow the transformation of political cultures from the ancient to the modern world by analyzing the development of popular culture from Dionysian festivals to the modern blogosphere. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 1)

The field of psychology is remarkably diverse and includes countless areas of interdisciplinary study and practical applications. Survey the realm of psychology and examine the field from its historical roots to current neuroscientific discoveries being made by researchers worldwide. Discuss a wide range of topics, including the human brain, sense and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, cognition, emotions, personality, intelligence, creativity, abnormalities, and mental health. Participate in group activities, classroom discussions, debates, mini-experiments, and projects. The psychology course taught at the Center level will move at a faster pace and cover some topics in greater depth than the comparable Academy-level course. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Terms 1 and 2), Davidson College (Terms 1 and 2)

Psychology of Decision Making
Integrate insights from cognitive psychology, social psychology, and behavioral economics to understand why people make the choices they make. Examine how cognitive processes that help people make sense of complex information can also logically lead them astray in decision making. Investigate how emotion, motivation, and information-processing shortcuts interact with careful, rational weighing of information. As you study the surprising ways that individuals actually make decisions, gain insights about decision making in fields such as healthcare, finance, education, and government. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University West Campus (Term 1)

Revolution and Terror
Violence and fear have always been instruments of politics. Rulers and rebels alike have resorted to force (or the threat of it) to try to advance their ends. Since the late 18th century, revolutionaries have self-consciously turned to violence and fear as instruments--not just for advancing their own factions, but for refashioning the political system itself. Explore the historical development of modern revolutionaries and terrorist groups ranging from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Stalin to Al Qaeda to modern day pirates off the coast of Somalia. Analyze the ways in which society attempts to address such violence. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 2)

Social Psychology
Social psychology is the formal study of the ways in which individuals affect one another. Examine how people's attitudes, biases, and behaviors are influenced by other people and how these influences affect society as a whole. Explore the ways social psychologists use the scientific method to study people's thoughts and behaviors in social situations and how ethical principles govern their research. Discuss and debate topics such as the self, prejudice, gender, race, conformity, obedience, aggression, group influence, and pro-social behavior. Drawing from examples in the media, law, politics, history, culture, and our own lives, examine how we are affected by social relationships and what a difference these relationships make in the way we live. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University West Campus (Terms 1 and 2)

The Enlightenment and its Critics
Over the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a small group of philosophers - united by a passion for argument, criticism, and debate and committed to the utilization of knowledge for the betterment of the human condition - inaugurated the Enlightenment project that continues to define the modern world. But is this an enlightened age? In recent years intense nationalistic, ethnic, religious, and racial passions that many modern philosophers had thought were long since vanquished have reemerged. But is the Enlightenment finished, or simply unfinished? Or are some of the world's present ills the result of the Enlightenment? Survey and analyze the major literary, philosophical , and scientific writings of an era that flouted political authority, skewered religious dogma, ignited enthusiasm for industry, upended traditional gender roles, and inspired a generation of revolutionaries to risk their lives for the hope of a better world. Offered: 8/10 - Duke University East Campus (Term 1)


Artificial Intelligence
While science fiction has a long history of intelligent machines, we now live in a world in which these machines are reality. We can hold conversations with Siri on our iPhones, watch computers defeat the world's greatest chess players, and maybe someday ride around in driver-less cars . Artificial Intelligence is the study and development of technology that can reason, deduct and, basically, act human. Explore the origins of AI, starting with Alan Turing in the 1950s, as well as modern areas of research, including language processing, perception, motion and manipulation. Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Term 1)

Programming Robotics
The future of robotics is closely connected to computer engineering as more and more cutting-edge robotics is focused on programming robots to perform tasks. Examine the principles of robotics, including sensors and actuators. Learn how robots gather sensory information and use that information to make decisions allowing them to accomplish a task. Gain interactive, hands-on experience with robots and produce projects in which robots accomplish challenging tasks. Some experience with computer programming is helpful but not required. Offered: 8/10 - Georgia Institute Of Technology (Term 2), Duke University West Campus (Term 2)

Programming for Video Games
Learn to program with examples geared toward developing video games. Concepts will be applicable toward computer programming in any language and across a variety of applications not limited to video games. Learn about structured and object-oriented program design, event-driven programming, simulations, debugging, documentation, and using online resources and tutorials. Identify the different programming platforms that can be used by game programmers and debate the advantages and drawbacks of each. The Center-level course will be taught at an accelerated pace and will examine some topics in greater depth than the comparable Academy-level course. *This course is open to current ninth and tenth graders only. Offered: 9/10 - Duke University West Campus (Term 1)

Web Applications Development
As developers like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft move common applications off the hard drive and onto the Internet, Web application programming is increasingly important. Analyze websites and learn the importance of effective programming habits. Practice designing and managing small and large scale projects. Explore various design models and practice expressing creativity in design. Learn the programming principles and languages in commonly used Web applications, and employ cutting-edge software development methodologies to develop new applications. Offered: 7/8 - Trinity University (Terms 1 and 2)