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2018 Duke TIP@UGA Scholar Weekend

Saturday, Mar. 3–4 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Course Descriptions

After the World Ends

Many of us speculate about what the End of the World will be like, but we tend to focus less on what happens after that. What will post-Apocalyptic times bring us? Will it be all devastation and destruction, or will there be a rejuvenation of life and spirit? In this course, we will look both at ancient mythologies from early civilizations that hypothesize how post-Apocalyptic times will manifest, as well as contemporary interpretations and renditions of the world's epilogue.

Aircraft & Spacecraft Design

In this class, you will explore the amazing world of flight and see how aircraft and spacecraft are designed and tested. You will discover how scientific principles, such as energy, momentum, pressure, and gravity, have led to incredible advances in aerospace technology. Experiment with various structural, propulsion, and control system designs, and take part in hands-on activities like designing, assembling, and flying styrofoam gliders, launching two-liter compressed air/water rockets, and trying out flight gear used by Air Force test pilots. Come find out what it means to make something fly!

A Day in the Life of an Environmental Health Microbiologist New!

What is it truly like to be a scientist in training? Spend a weekend in the shoes of a real microbiologist! Over the course of the program, you will learn what environmental health is and what it means to think like a microbiologist. With your lab notebook in hand, take a walk around UGA campus and note different water environments (ponds, aquariums and the like). You will learn about the different microbes that live in each kind of environment and how they may affect the health of that ecosystem. Try your hand at collecting water samples, processing samples in the laboratory, and even culturing safe strains of bacteria. You will directly test your hypothesis with simple statistics and produce a publication like a real scientist would do. By the end of the weekend, you will have mastered the scientific method and gained skills applicable to college-level science classes and laboratory courses. Join me in a day in the life of an environmental health microbiologist.

Global Conflicts and the Future of Politics

How will current global conflicts affect the future of politics, the future that YOU will inherit? In this course, you will focus on pervasive political issues including human rights, civil wars, and terrorism, and how the decisions made today will affect the future of global politics. You will be required to place yourself in situations vastly different from our own and imagine how states and individuals, as rational actors, would respond. You will think critically about the external pressures that drive the formation of modern political institutions and determine what our political system may look like in the future. Will the world (or worlds) coalesce into a unified system of government, as Star Wars predicts; or will we see governance break down altogether as humanity descends into dystopian anarchy?

Marine Biology

In this course students will be introduced to the diversity of marine life and the challenges marine organisms face today. We will research and discuss marine ecosystems on a global and local scale (coastal Georgia). Additional lesson topics include marine invertebrates and vertebrate anatomy, dissection, and current major marine issues such as nonpoint source pollution, marine debris, and ocean acidification.

The Process of Music: Music in Motion–A Cross-Cultural Examination

Have you ever been curious about the music that we take for granted as we ride in the car or listen to an iPod? How is this music made? How did organized sound originate and evolve? Why is music an integral part of existing cultures? Music has been around for centuries, spanning cultures and affecting people emotionally, physically, and spiritually. How is technology changing the face of music and linking us globally? This course will provide an overview of the history of Western music, as well as examine music from other cultures. We will experiment with movement and the importance of movement as a part of the music making process, as well as create our own music with found objects and a looping pedal.

Public Speaking

This course will include an overview of different types of speeches and ensure a shared vocabulary. Each day will include exercises to improve speech, opportunities to give speeches, and enrichment of analytical skills.

Sports Medicine

Come and see a new side of sports…the medical side! In this course, you will examine the three most important components of taking care of athletes and their injuries: diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. You also will learn the techniques and skills needed to properly implement each one. Whether you are asked to perform basic upper extremity taping, simulated first aid, or cranial nerve testing, you will not stay seated for long! This course culminates with "Rehab Olympics, where you will test your knowledge and newly learned skills by competing with your peers to quickly replicate challenges injured athletes might face.

Virtual Reality, Social Media, & Identity: The Psychology of Digital Worlds

We all do it—tweeting, Snapchatting, and Facebooking our friends, immersing ourselves in video game worlds, and documenting our lives via Smartphones. Since the onset of social media, immersive video gaming, and virtual reality systems such as Google Glass and the Oculus Rift, digital worlds have become a part of our daily lives, and the line between the real and the virtual has blurred. How does this affect us? Do people behave differently in virtual worlds than in the real one? What can we except in the future? Join this class to learn the history of social media, apply basic social psychology principles to understand online behavior, and even build your own virtual reality viewer! Remember to bring your Smartphones to class!


Financial Aid is available for this event. Please fill out the Financial Aid form (notification dates are listed on the application form).



Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, GA 30602