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The UM Academies provide immersive academic programs open to students who are currently in grade 9, 10, or 11 (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors). Students select one course (non-credit) to study over the two-week session. Courses meet both morning and afternoon in an engaging, experiential academic setting.

Program Dates
July 2022

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Please note, courses are subject to change. UM reserves the right to limit enrollment, and/or cancel any course.

UM Academies | Two-Week, Non-Credit Courses

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  • Business Academy – An Entrepreneurship Crash Course (Non-Credit)

    Business Academy – An Entrepreneurship Crash Course (Non-Credit)

    SSA 103. Business Academy – An Entrepreneurship Crash Course. Non-Credit. 
    This course is designed to expose students to the world of entrepreneurship, understand the fundamentals of business, and explore the ideas around startups.

    Students will learn the core concepts of design thinking, problem identification, innovation, customer development and best practices for problem solving. Guided by in-house and community experts, students will engage in project-based, experiential learning. 

    Students will also be trained on project management and exposed to cutting-edge digital tools to help students organize their ventures, prototype solutions and market their ideas. Students will be able to walk away with a skillset and mindset that will benefit their critical thinking in any professional area or career.

    Instructor(s): Peter Martinez

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  • Healthcare Academy (Non-Credit)

    Healthcare Academy (Non-Credit)

    Healthcare Academy

    SSA 104. Healthcare Academy. Non-Credit. 

    This two-week academy is designed for students with a passion for biological sciences and health care with firm ethical principles, compassion, professionalism, communication skills and a mind for analytics. Students will have the opportunity to interact with practicing healthcare professionals, scientific researchers and medical school students.

    The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and healthcare in high school students, helping students understand how scientific research is performed and creating awareness of a variety of potential career opportunities within the healthcare profession. The curriculum includes lectures on medical specialties and hands-on laboratory learning opportunities.

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  • Hurricane Academy – An Introduction to Atmospheric Science and Research. (Non-Credit)

    SSA 106. Hurricane Academy – An Introduction to Atmospheric Science and Research. Non-Credit. 
    In partnership with the University of Miami’s Department of Atmospheric Science, the Hurricane Academy is an interactive program that takes an in-depth look at some of the most powerful storms on this planet – hurricanes.  

    This program will explore the fundamentals of Earth’s weather and climate system and how it impacts communities across the globe. Topics will include the basics of weather, weather forecasting, and extreme weather events. Participants will learn about the connections between weather and Earth’s changing climate system, and what these changes may mean for future weather patterns. The program will culminate with an application of these principles to hurricanes. Students will leave the program with an understanding of how hurricanes form and intensify, how meteorologists predict a hurricane’s behavior, and the research horizons that remain for these devastating systems.

    This course will be taught by atmospheric scientists at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and students will interact with hurricane scientists affiliated with a number of federal agencies and private companies. High-impact learning activities are built into the program, including hands-on lab and research experiences. Students will also have the opportunity to explore a number of world-class hurricane research facilities located in Miami. Ultimately, the Hurricane Academy will serve as a comprehensive introduction to atmospheric science and research.

    Instructor(s): Dr. Lisa Murphy Goes; Quinton Lawton 

  • Shark Research Academy (Non-Credit)

    Shark Research Academy (Non-Credit)

    SSA 105. Shark Research Academy. Non-Credit. 
    In partnership with the University of Miami Shark Research & Conservation Program, the Shark Research Academy conducts cutting-edge shark research while inspiring scientific literacy and environmental ethics in youth through unique hands-on field research experiences.

    This program assesses the ecology and ecosystem effects of the ocean’s top predators, evaluating the ecology and biology of sharks in relation to urbanization and climate stressors. Research activities include shark abundance surveys, tagging, and tracking, as well as physiological sampling and associated laboratory analyses.

    The project allows students to gain research training and engage in scientific inquiry through participation with University of Miami scientists and staff. Participation involves scientifically sound practices and measurable outcomes in marine conservation biology.  

    The Shark Research Academy is composed of both boat-based and laboratory research work at the University of Miami. As citizen scientists, students earn 30 community service hours. At the end of two weeks, students are presented with a University of Miami Academy Certificate and a community service letter from UM Shark Research.

    There will be opportunities for open water swimming and snorkeling. Students interested in this program must be comfortable swimming and treading water in the ocean. This course provides the perfect opportunity for students to explore interests in marine conservation, marine biology and pre-vet studies. Instructor(s): Stephen CainDr. Neil Hammerschlag 

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