The Summer Program is the cornerstone of The North Star Project. It brings 10-15 incoming freshmen together for two weeks just before Fall term. During these two weeks, students take interactive and engaging mini-courses in physics, math, problem solving, and computer programming. North Star students will also spend time together in a modern research lab working on a hands-on project. Besides all the fun science, North Star students will also take trips to museums, the Pine Mountain Observatory, local hiking spots, and much more. As a residential program, students stay in the UO dorms during their stay and will be under the immediate supervision of North Star representatives at all times.
Important Information for Summer Program:
- Summer Program Dates for Summer 2019: September 16-27.
- All expenses are covered once student arrives in Eugene with North Star. This includes all housing, meals, tours, materials, etc.
- Students will stay together in one of the on-campus dorms (not necessarily their fall dorm assignment). Graduate student residence assistants will be with you overnight.
- The Summer Program will consist of:
- Separate math, physics, and problem solving courses co-taught by two graduate students and faculty.
- Daily hands-on experience in a physics research lab.
- Lab tours on campus.
- Overnight trip to Pine Mountain Observatory.
- Games during the day and at night.
- Study sessions at night.
Some Benefits of Summer Program and North Star:
- Get on campus early, get your books, get help choosing the right classes.
- Meet other incoming undergraduates interested in studying science.
- Make new friends and future study groups before classes even begin!
- Meet existing undergrads majoring in physics or other science disciplines.
- Get prepared for your Fall term classes; the summer program courses will sharpen and develop your math, physics, and problem solving skills.
- Work on a research project and gain hands on experience working in a modern research lab.
- Meet graduate students who will help teach your classes that you take as an undergraduate student.
- Meet faculty that teach the classes you take as an undergraduate student and run scientific research groups.
- Learn about the cutting-edge science research happening on the UO campus.
- Become a part of a supportive, inclusive community in science.