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Mercyhurst Summer Experiences geared toward area high school students

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Area high school students can learn how to investigate crime scenes, unearth archaeological artifacts, hone their acting skills and more through Mercyhurst University’s inaugural Summer Experiences program, being held in July on Mercyhurst’s Erie campus.

These weeklong intensive day programs, aimed at providing students ages 15-18 with a college-level learning experience during the summer months, will be offered in Archaeology, Forensic Science, Geology, Studio Art, Theater and Creative Writing. The hands-on courses and workshops will be taught by Mercyhurst faculty in the university’s facilities, labs, studios, and some will also offer off-campus excursions.

Programs include: Archaeology, July 7-11, which will teach students how to map and excavate archaeological sites, process artifacts, and record data based on modern archaeological methods; Studio Art, July 7-11, covering a variety of 2-D and 3-D methods like printmaking, drawing, watercolor, and sculpture; and Theater, July 7-11, which will include workshops on acting, singing, and dancing, and will also cover in-depth topics like script analysis, physical and vocal characterization, and emotional commitment; Geology, July 14-18, which will explore everything from where the moon came from to how Erie was once part of an ocean, and will include excursions to a natural history museum and to search for fossils; Creative Writing, July 21-25, in which students will develop a portfolio of high quality poetry and fiction to submit to contests or as samples for college applications; and Forensic Science, July 21-25, covering topics like blood spatter analysis, evidence documentation, processing and analysis, fingerprint classification, firearm and ballistics analysis.

The cost for each weeklong program is $295 before May 16; $350 from May 17-June 1, and includes all courses, materials and lunch. The programs will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

Mercyhurst is also offering a Summer Dance Experience from June 15-July 2 and a Summer Music Academy from July 13-19. Both of these programs require auditions and have separate costs.

For more information and to register, visit

FILE PHOTO: Forensic science students learn archaeological recovery methods.