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Last modified: Tuesday, January 7, 2003

IU summer programs target minority students

Each year Indiana University Bloomington offers an array of summer programs for high school and middle school students and incoming freshmen to help them succeed in their areas of interest and prepare them for the college experience.

Many of these programs focus on areas of study on the IU Bloomington campus. Some are aimed at minority students, such as Junior Executive Institute and the Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program in Biology.

"These programs highlight Indiana University's commitment to diversity and pre-collegiate minority aspirations. I am proud that IU has set this model of concern and responsibility," said Frank Motley, associate vice chancellor for academic support at IU Bloomington.

Junior Executive Institute

Junior Executive Institute is a program offered through IU's Kelley School of Business. It targets African American, Latino and Native American high school juniors who show interest in the business field. There are openings for 30 students. The program consists of workshops that focus on applying to college, making the transition from high school to college, financial aid, time management, goal setting, note-taking and study skills, and success in studying business.

According to William Lewis, director of diversity recruitment, retention and outreach in the Kelley School, at least one-sixth of participants from the summer 2002 program have applied to IU Bloomington and plan on majoring in business this fall.

To qualify for the Junior Executive Program, students must be high school sophomores or juniors with a grade point average of 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0-point scale). The program takes place during the last week of June. More information and applications for this program can be found on the Web at http://www.kelley.iu.edu/ugrad/diversity/jei/apply.html.

Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program

The Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program in Biology is aimed at minority eighth- and ninth-grade students. This program gives students the opportunity to explore the field of biology. It is a one-week residential program in which students are exposed to different subjects in biology. Students participate in hands-on laboratory work and are instructed by teams of IU faculty and high school teachers.

Students are evaluated by the work they do and even the notes they take, which will help them in their future college careers. Students also participate in social and entertainment activities, interact with current college students, and can use the campus sports facilities.

According to Margi Lockhart, administrative manager for the Biology Department, the summer 2002 program offered the opportunity for students who had already completed the program to return for a second time. This year, returning students will spend two weeks in the program instead of just one. Last summer, the program had an enrollment of 44 students (22 women and 22 men). This summer, program organizers hope to have 100 students (80 first-time students and 20 returning students).

Applications are sent to select high schools, but students interested in the program who are not enrolled at these high schools can get the application from the program's Web site. The tentative schedule for the program is July 13-25 for returning students and July 20-25 for first-time students. More information is available at http://www.indiana.edu/~summer/programs/biologyminority.htm.