Located in the state capital of Frankfort, Kentucky State University (KSU) offers associate (two-year) degrees in three disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, and master’s degrees in five disciplines. The university’s 882-acre campus includes a 204-acre agricultural research farm and a 306-acre environmental education center. KSU has more than 135 full-time instructional faculty members and about 1,600 students. The University’s student-faculty ratio is the lowest among public universities in Kentucky. During a typical academic year, KSU’s campus reflects one of the most diverse student and faculty populations in the state. At KSU, 91% percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,571.
About the Academy@KSU
June 11 - 30, 2017
The GEAR UP Summer Academy@KSU will offer three focus areas: music & arts, forensic science, and agriculture. Rising juniors and seniors will gain in-depth knowledge about career fields and hands-on learning experiences in one of these three tracks on KSU’s campus in Frankfort. Over the three weeks, students in the music & arts track will produce an original song and album cover artwork, while students in the forensic science track will conduct research projects using handwriting analysis, eye tracking, and other industry tools. Students in the agriculture track will learn about different career options within agriculture while exploring KSU’s 203 acre agricultural research and demonstration farm. In addition to this core curriculum, team-building, recreational and enrichment activities will introduce Academy students to the culture and resources of Kentucky State University, the Frankfort community, and the Central Kentucky region.
MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY
Founded in Morehead, Kentucky, in 1887, Morehead State University (MoSU) has an enrollment of nearly 11,000 students from 110 Kentucky counties, 41 states and 31 nations. MoSU offers 140 undergraduate degree programs including associate and baccalaureate degrees, 70 graduate degree programs and five education specialist programs (Ed.S.) and an Ed.D program. MoSU’s average class size is 19 and the campus student-faculty ratio is 18 to 1. MoSU is ranked among the safest in the nation and has the state’s best computer-student ratio in its computer labs. The Morehead State University Foundation awards students over 400 scholarships, valued at around $500,000 each year.
About the Academy@MoSU
June 11 - 30, 2017
The GEAR UP Summer Academy@MoSU is focused on Space Science and Engineering in partnership with the Morehead State University Space Science Center. Academy students will participate in hands-on laboratory activities that develop skills in electronics, telecommunications, mission operations, data analysis, teamwork and communications. Scientists and engineers will deliver presentations, mentor participants and serve as role models throughout the week as students construct and launch a small satellite called a CricketSat. Students will team up with their peers to build and launch the satellite, collect and analyze data, and give an oral presentation of their project. Team-building and recreational activities are integrated into the schedule.
MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
Murray State University (MuSU) is a nationally recognized residential comprehensive university located in Murray, Kentucky. Murray State includes six colleges and offers 245 majors and program in the areas of arts and sciences, agriculture, business, health and human services, teacher education, communications, engineering and applied technologies, and nursing. With approximately 11,000 students, the undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1 with three out of four undergraduates attending MuSU full time. MuSU has one main campus in Murray and four regional campuses in the Western Kentucky area. In 2014-15, MuSU awarded over $126.5 million in student financial aid including over $66.5 million in scholarships, grants, and tuition waivers.
About the Academy@MuSU
2017 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
The GEAR UP Summer Academy@MuSU will cover topics relating to mechatronics, a growing field in industry. Students will learn how to design, build, and control a robot that will compete in an end-of-academy competition. Topics covered in the camp will include 3D CAD modeling, manufacturing processes, electrical control systems, and programming. In addition to this core curriculum, team-building, recreational and enrichment activities will introduce Academy students to the culture and resources of Murray State University, the Murray community, and the Western Kentucky region.
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
University of Kentucky is a public research university located 814 acres in the city of Lexington with an undergraduate enrollment of more than 22,000 students. UK has 16 colleges and professional schools with more than 200 academic programs. The student-faculty ratio at University of Kentucky is 17:1, and the school has 32.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. At University of Kentucky, 50% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,339.
About the Academy@UK
June 11 - 30, 2017
The theme of the 2017 GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy@UK designed for rising seniors is “Creative Kentucky – Exploring the World of Possibilities.” Students at this Academy will learn creative strategies that may be used in future problem solving through a three credit-hour college course (LA 111: Living on the Right Side of the Brain). Academy students will participate in field trips to meet creative thinkers such as musicians, chefs, architects and marketing professionals and learn how they use design thinking to come up with innovative solutions to the challenges of their industry. Students will be required to complete a project centered on an issue in Kentucky and will receive three hours of UK college credit upon completion of the Academy.
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
The University of Louisville is a state research university located in Louisville, Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. With a student population of over 22,000, the University of Louisville offers graduate, professional, baccalaureate, and associate degrees, as well as certificates, in over 170 fields of study through 12 schools and colleges. The University has three campuses and employs nearly 7,000 faculty and staff. At University of Louisville, 58% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,023.
About the Academy@UofL
July 9 - July 28, 2016
The GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy@UofL is designed for rising 11th grade GEAR UP students interested in health and healthcare fields. This Academy offer students a variety of health-related seminars, field trips and hands-on experiences such lab activities, simulations, tours of health care facilities, faculty guest speakers, etc.) through the University of Louisville Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health and Information Sciences. Academy students will also attend personal and professional development workshops on topics such as learning styles, time management, cultural awareness, and public speaking, and will get to know the University of Louisville through campus tours and presentations on admissions, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities.
WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
Western Kentucky University is a public institution located in Bowling Green, Kentucky with an undergraduate enrollment of more than 17,000 students. The student-faculty ratio at Western Kentucky University is 18:1, and nearly half the classes at WKU have fewer than 20 students. WKU offers more than 170 choices for undergraduate areas of study and 125 graduate programs. WKU is the home of the nationally top-ranked Gatton Academy for Mathematics and Science for exceptional Kentucky high school juniors and seniors and is home to Kentucky’s first independent Honors College. At WKU, 61% percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,176.
About the Academy@WKU
June 11 - 30, 2017
The theme of the 2017 GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy@WKU is College, Career & Civic Readiness. Academy students will complete WKU’s “University Experience” course to introduce them to life as a college student and build skills and strategies they need to prepare, apply, pay for and succeed in college. In addition to this core content, students will team up with their peers to complete a challenging service learning project called “The $100 Solution.” This project pairs teams of Academy students with local community organizations to creatively solve a specific community problem with a budget of just one hundred dollars. At the end of the Academy, students will have an opportunity to showcase their projects in front of peers, faculty, and parents. One hour of college credit will be awarded to Academy students upon successful completion of the 2017 Academy.