University of Chicago offers world class Summer Session Program

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Exciting opportunity for high school and college students


Scholarship for USA (Private) Limited of Sri Lanka ( recently learned of some exciting opportunities offered by the Summer Session program at the University of Chicago.

Priyanthi and Padmasena Dissanayake, Directors of SUSA currently travelling in the US, were recently received by Daniela Abuzatoaie, Director, International Programs at the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, the academic unit that manages the University’s Summer Session.

The visitors needed no introduction to the University of Chicago. Founded in 1890 by John D. Rockefeller it is a national leader in higher education and research. Its world class medical center and accomplishments in economic research are well-known globally.

An extraordinary number of Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to University of Chicago faculty members, students, or researchers at some point in their careers in following fields: Chemistry (16), Economic Sciences (26), Literature (3), Peace (1), Physics (29), and Physiology/Medicine (12).

Some of the better known recipients are President Barak Obama (Peace), Milton Friedman (Economic Sciences), and Subramanium Chandrasekhar (Physics). Its first Nobel Laureate, Albert A. Michelson, was also the first American to ever win a Nobel Prize.

Abuzatoaie explained to the visitors that the Summer Session courses at the University of Chicago offer exciting one-of-a-kind learning experiences, whether one is intrigued by languages, law or the latest laboratory techniques.  These summer courses offer qualified students the chance to experience college life firsthand and can help prepare them for entry into very selective universities.

Courses include Research in the Biological Sciences (RIBS); Summer Quarter Undergraduate Course Offerings (taking College courses alongside undergraduates); Stones and Bones (working at the Field Museum in Chicago); Collegiate Writing; The Physics of Stars; Creative Writing; Weather, Climate and Natural Hazards; Developmental Psychology; Getting to Green; Field Studies in Urban Society; Egyptian Studies; and American Law and Litigation.

The duration of courses varies from three to four weeks for high school courses and up to five weeks for undergraduate courses. There are a few tuition scholarships available for students who demonstrate both high financial need and exceptional academic merit.

Abuzatoaie also commented that students who receive good grades could ask their instructors to write recommendations for them, which could help them in their subsequent university admission process.  At the end of the summer, participants can request University of Chicago transcripts listing the courses, grades, and units of credit that they earned at this prestigious institution.