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Discover new interests, pursue existing passions and create a summer to remember with students from around the world.




Dates:
Session 1: July 01 - July 13, 2018
Session 2: July 15 - July 27, 2018
Both Sessions: July 01 - July 27, 2018
Program Fee:
One Session: $4,295
Both Sessions: $7,895
Housing:
Campus Dormitory
Grades:
Completing grades 9 - 12
Program Fee includes:
Tuition, room, 3 meals per day, use of select campus facilities, included excursions and daily activities, bed linens, pillow and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, staff accompanied airport transfer during specified windows.
Not Included:
Airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses.
Summerfuel’s Pre-College Program at Tufts offers an exciting opportunity for curious and passionate students who thrive in a supportive and engaging environment. Experience college life just outside of Boston on the campus of a top-ranked US university, and prepare intellectually and socially for a successful college career. The Summerfuel program inspires exploration and discovery, with dynamic seminar and workshop options. Courses are structured to encourage hands-on participation, while activities are customized based on student interest, ensuring a highly personal experience.

 
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PROGRAM SCHEDULE

SESSION 1

  • JULY 01 • SESSION 1 BEGINS
  • JULY 02 • CLASSES START
  • JULY 07 • VISIT BOSTON
  • JULY 08 • SIX FLAGS
  • JULY 11 • IMPROV BOSTON
  • JULY 13 • SESSION 1 ENDS

SESSION 2

  • JULY 15 • SESSION 2 BEGINS
  • JULY 16 • CLASSES START
  • JULY 18 • BOSTON RED SOX
  • JULY 21 • BEACH DAY
  • JULY 22 • VISIT BOSTON
  • JULY 27 • SESSION 2 ENDS

DAILY SCHEDULE

  • 08.30am • BREAKFAST
  • 09.15am • MORNING COURSE
  • 12.00pm • LUNCH
  • 02.00pm • WORKSHOPS
  • 04.30pm • AFTERNOON COURSE
  • 06.30pm • DINNER
  • 07.00pm • FREE TIME
  • 08.30pm • EVENING EVENTS
  • 11.00pm • CHECK-IN
With a sister attending Boston University, I always thought that I knew what my own college experience would be like, no matter where I went. I imagined meeting tons of new people and making great friendships. I imagined taking courses that would not only challenge me, but actually interest me in a life-changing career path. [This summer] at Tufts was all of that and more. On that first day, I thought, ‘this two weeks might be the longest two weeks of my life, ’ but I was completely wrong. The two weeks went by like a flash. Summerfuel has made me more for excited for college than I already was.   Rylee S - Washington DC
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STUDENT LIFE ON CAMPUS

Tufts enjoys a privileged location set high on a hill overlooking downtown Boston. At just five miles northwest of the city, Tufts is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed campus environment, and still have access to all of Boston’s resources.
 
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Housing

Harleston Hall, formerly known as South Hall, is located on lower campus, near many university amenities. Air-conditioned bedrooms are mostly doubles furnished with extra-long twin beds, desks, chairs, and a built-in closet. Rooms are on a common hall, and halls are divided by gender and age. Roommates are determined based on the housing questionnaire that students fill out prior to arrival, as well as considering age and geographic diversity. Full bedding and bath towels are provided and replaced weekly. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus. 

University Facilities

Students have full access to libraries, computer lab, student center, and the Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center, featuring racquet courts, a swimming pool, and cardio and weight-training equipment. Nearby basketball and tennis courts are open for use as well.

Dining

All meals on campus are at Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center, conveniently located a few minutes from student housing. Dewick-MacPhie provides a wide variety of menu choices, including vegetarian, vegan, and an organic salad bar. Tufts dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences. Meals will be provided off-site during excursions. Please advise Summerfuel of dietary needs during the application process.
 
 

NEIGHBORHOOD HIGHLIGHTS

Students have full access to vibrant Davis Square, the center of downtown Somerville and Tufts’ off-campus life. Downtown is full of cafes, restaurants, and shops, as well as the local T-stop, connecting you right to the city of Boston.

The Farmer’s Market

Every Wednesday, Davis Square plays host to the most varied and well-attended farmer’s market around. It’s a great spot to grab a fresh snack in between classes.

Johnny D’s

This jazz club in Davis Square is a legend, attracting both popular and up-and-coming acts, and offers great New Orleans grub to boot.

Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market

Historic buildings, myriad food choices, and world-class street performances make this a delicious destination.

Newbury Street

This bustling street is packed with a wide range of mall favorites, specialty boutiques, and designer outposts.

North End

Pasta and pastries rule the streets of this historic Italian neighborhood.

Boston Museums

Wander through the Museum of Fine Arts that boasts an impressive world-class collection; The Museum of Science that hosts a variety of interactive exhibits for curious minds; or, the New England Aquarium, home to hundreds of species of marine life.
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HANDS-ON LEARNING

At Summerfuel we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We design courses that reflect the strengths of the university and the greater Boston area in order to incorporate field trips, expert speakers, and hands-on learning opportunities. Curricula is created to foster students’ ability to think critically and independently. 

Seminar Structure

Students select one morning major course and one afternoon elective course. Morning courses meet five times per week, and afternoon courses meet four to five times weekly.
 
Courses are seminar style with an emphasis on participation and engagement. Although course content will be challenging, homework is limited to ensure that students make the most of their experience at Tufts. Course size ranges from eight to sixteen students per class. 

Workshops

Take the learning beyond the classroom with these hands-on, immersive workshops. Explore something new, or hone an existing passion while working closely with your peers and Summerfuel team members. Workshops meet five afternoons per session. 

Suggested Course Pairings

Pre-College programs are intentionally designed to incite broad exploration, and we urge students to pursue wide-ranging interests. These pairings are offered based on student recommendations of complementary courses:

COMMUNICATIONS:
Essay Writing | Journalism & Social Media

PRE-LAW:
Criminal Justice & Corrections | International Relations & Diplomacy

PRE-MED:
Medical Science | DNA & Molecular Biology 

PSYCHOLOGY:
Developmental Psych | Psychology of the Criminal Mind

Faculty 

Courses are designed and taught by an accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums.  Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students.  
 
Past Summerfuel faculty include:

Lauren Rollins
Lauren completed a BA in English and World Literature and a BA in Government and International Politics at George Mason University.  She then completed her MA at Georgetown University and her PhD at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Lauren has been active as a Summerfuel faculty member and faculty recruitment director since summer 2013.

Michael Potts
Michael completed his Bachelor of Science at Brunel University, London.  He has since worked as a business analyst and consultant with a particular focus on business growth, team development, efficacy, and lean manufacturing.  Michael has taught Entrepreneurship at Summerfuel since summer 2014.

 

Morning Seminar

Business and Law

Introduction to Finance

The language of finance is a universal and significant one. Learn the foundations of finance and how the flow of money relates to important social issues influencing our everyday lives. Examine the connections between local and global finance, and how this affects businesses, governments, and our own personal financial decisions.

Criminal Justice and Corrections

How do we define and enforce the law today? This course provides an introduction and overview to the system of criminal justice operated in the U.S, as well as other cultures. Discuss and explore what constitutes crime, how society responds to it, and the development of policing, prosecution, and corrections.

Entrepreneurship

In this course, students will learn about starting and managing a small business, from an independent bookstore to a financial consulting firm. They will study the basics of business management, but will also consider how 21st century tools like Facebook, Twitter and Groupon can help a start-up achieve enduring success. By the end of the program, students will have developed plans to start their own small business using 21st century resources.

Economics

This course will first consider microeconomics, focusing on the economic activity of individual households and businesses. The second half of the course will explore macroeconomics, and will help students understand the rationale behind national and international economic policy.

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Developmental Psychology

Examine behavior through the psychological theories of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, Erikson and Piaget. Critically consider the validity of these theories in light of your own experiences of intellectual and moral development, sensuality and sexuality, family and peer relationships, and coping with stress and problems in daily life. View films and read relevant articles that provide an applied understanding of developmental psychology.

Problem Solving and Interior Design

Design of any kind involves critical thinking and problem solving. This course will give students the opportunity to learn the tools of interior design as they tackle design challenges and develop presentation techniques. Each session will be given a different challenge to address. Students will learn about design concepts, color schemes and furniture selection. Final design boards will be presented as part of the end of class project.

Medicine

Introduction to Medical Science

This interdisciplinary course will provide students with knowledge of various body systems including the endocrine system, the biology of mind, the microbial system and immune responses. Innovations in medical science along with current issues in the medical field will be incorporated in discussions.

Preparing for College

English as a Second Language

Designed for non-native speakers of English, this course will compliment immersion in an English language setting by providing structured support for students to improve their English reading, writing and spoken language skills. This class will provide a supportive environment question language usage and boost confidence.

SAT Preparation by the Princeton Review

With 18 hours of small-group instruction and individual consultation plus 3 full-length SAT diagnostics, the Princeton Review program will provide fully comprehensive preparation for the SAT. All students have an online Princeton Review account to review performance and continue practice. [Supplemental Fee]

Afternoon Seminar

Business and Law

Sports Business and Management

Sports play a significant role in many people’s lives across the globe. Get a glimpse into the field of sport management and career opportunities in the sport industry. Discover various sport principles and how they apply to administration, communication, motivation, and leadership style.

Marketing in a Digital World

This course examines how digital tools, such as the Internet, smartphones, and 3D printing, are impacting the business world by shifting the balance of power from firms to consumers. How are products promoted in a digital world? How are they being placed and distributed? How does the digital environment impact pricing? Course content will be built around active, project based learning and real business case studies.

International Relations and Diplomacy

Explore international relations both as a theory and as events affecting the lives of ordinary people. This course will examine current events between nation states and the leaders making policy. Students will be challenged to think critically about all sides of the political spectrum and learn how nations use diplomacy to peacefully coexist. Short daily readings plus a short paper or presentation will be required.

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Psychology of the Criminal Mind

What drives people to commit crimes? Do offenders have a failed sense of morality, or is it a biologically hard wired, unstoppable urge? Investigate psychological phenomena such as "group think" and "de-individuation" as relates to environmental factors like poverty, drug use and social upbringing. Explore how mental illnesses like psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder can be a source of criminal behavior and study fascinating examples of how seemingly normal individuals commit serious and violent felonies.

Medicine

DNA, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Advances in molecular biology and biotechnology have dramatically impacted our understanding of DNA and its value to individuals and the greater society. This course will introduce the concepts and techniques associated with DNA science and consider several of its varied applications. Students will gain experience as a scientist, practicing analysis and interpretation of experimental results. Discussion about the ethical, legal and social implications of DNA science will enhance our scientific discovery.

Preparing for College

Writing the Personal Statement

This course is intended to introduce students to writing for the personal statement also known as the college admissions essay. Using personal reflection, writing prompts and peer critiques each student will develop a working outline of a personal statement based on a prompt from a college or university of choice. Students who continue work outside of class will develop their piece further but all students should expect to continue to rework their writing in the fall.

Workshop

Fitness

Leadership and Team Building

Participate in ropes courses and other adventure activities to promote increased self-awareness, enhanced self-confidence, trust, cooperation, team building and group problem solving skills.

Sports and Fitness

Do you love to play sports and get in a good afternoon workout? Spend your workshop afternoons engaging in different athletic challenges and competitions. We'll survey student interest and include various sporting activities to engage in. Likely to include basketball, tennis, soccer, running and use of the Tufts Campus fitness center.

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Community Service

Learn more about the greater Tufts community by participating in area service projects. Hours spent will be recorded and all students will receive a certificate of service completed. Extremely limited enrollment due to limited summer service openings.

Photography

Spend your afternoons exploring campus and learning the art of photography with friends. Discover Medford through street portraits, self portraits, tableaux vivants and more. Bring your camera and your desire to discover. All levels welcome.

Public Speaking

Speaking in public is a valued and valuable skill in all professions. In this workshop, students will develop the ability to express themselves confidently and clearly through both extemporaneous speech, speech writing and performance. A fun, active workshop appropriate for everyone.

Dance Workshop

What better way to get your body moving and let loose than with music and dance? Explore a variety of dance styles and movement disciplines with easy-to-follow routines and choreography taught by an experienced and talented instructor. All levels are welcome.

Culture and Cuisine

Take a virtual trip around the world as you discover the vast array of gastronomical culture right in downtown Somerville. Visit various cafes and restaurants highlighting different cuisines, all while learning about the culture behind them. Come hungry and open-minded. Supplemental fee required.

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DISCOVER NEW ENGLAND

When not in class, students enjoy a full and varied schedule of extracurricular activities to choose from. All trips and activities are included in the program fee, so students will never be at a loss for something to do.

Excursions

Every weekend, we take full advantage of all that greater New England has to offer, visiting some of its most exciting destinations and attractions. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore the city, visit historic landmarks, and indulge in New England cuisine. 

Boston

Boston is a big city with small town charm and is easily covered by foot. The city wears its history proudly and walking old cobblestone streets, reliving early stories of the US, is an unforgettable occasion. Add a plethora of museums, shops, and classic Boston eats, and it’s hard to find a richer experience.

Six Flags New England

Experience the fun and thrills of New England’s premier amusement park. Home to the best rollercoasters on the East Coast, Six Flags also includes a water park that is perfect for relief from the summer heat. 

ImprovBoston 

For over 30 years, ImprovBoston has been New England's leading theater and school dedicated to the art of comedy. Voted "Best of Boston" ImprovBoston alumni are featured on The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and John Oliver's Last Week Tonight.

Beach Day

Summer is not complete without a trip to the beach. Nearby Hampton Beach, New Hampshire offers a nice combination of sun, sand, and the classic American boardwalk. 

Red Sox Game

Enjoy a day at the ball-park with America’s favorite pastime. Cheer for the Red Sox, explore the stadium, and munch on some peanuts and Cracker Jacks!

Daily Activities

Summerfuel offers a wide range of activities each and every day at Tufts and around Medford/Somerville, led by our faculty, staff, and local contacts.

Past favorites include:

Casino Night
The Summerfuel Olympics
Museum of Natural History
SummerFeud
Design a Card
Bubble Soccer
Quad Kick-Ball
Lip Sync Battles
Ultimate Frisbee
Capture the Flag
Jewelry Making
Talent Night Coffee House
Murder Mystery Night
Water Balloon Fights
 
 
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EXPERIENCE MATTERS

The safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance to us. Each program has two distinct specialist teams – one to manage residence life and one to manage academic success. Each staff member is carefully vetted using a written application, personal interview, professional reference check, and required background check.

Residential Staff 

Residential staff includes a director, senior staff, and one resident advisor (RA) for every twelve students. RAs live on each hall and work to create an inclusive and supportive residential community. RAs serve as mentors and active leaders to aid students in every aspect of their summer experience. Senior Staff also live in residence and are available to address student safety, concerns, conflicts, and emergencies, at any time.

This summer's team will be lead by George Kinzel, a 20+ year Summerfuel veteran.
 

Supervision 

Summerfuel students are required to attend all classes and academic workshops each day, and attendance is taken at each class. During free time, students may choose between an organized activity or an individual pursuit such as classwork, laundry, or relaxing in the dorm. Students have freedom to explore with friends within an area surrounding campus defined by the program director. In the evenings, students check in with residence staff who will also use that time to catch up on the day’s events. The Summerfuel Program Office is located in Harleston Hall and serves as the info and security hub for students. Students are honor bound to follow safety protocols both on and off campus, and are required to use the buddy system during free time. 
Read our full code of conduct here
 

Campus Security

Tufts University campus is a very safe one, and crime is unusual, but students and staff still take standard precautions of living near a big city. Tufts security is on 24-hour patrol, while Tufts Emergency Medical Services is available for medical aid to any student in need. Campus is equipped with an emergency blue light system, and dormitories require electronic key access for building entry with a separate key for bedrooms and bathrooms.