summer programs at xavier university

Xavier University of Louisiana hosts excellent opportunities for pre-collegiate and college students during the summer.  Below is a list of programs that will be operating during the summer of 2014.


BP STEM Summer Institute
The BP STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Institute includes the Summer Science Academy “Star” Programs – MathStar, BioStar, and ChemStar -, the LEAP/Summer Scholars Program, and a new summer program in Computer Science. In addition to the online application, all "STAR" program applicants must complete a Program Fact Sheet.

1)  Summer Science Academy “Star” Programs (Program Fact Sheet)

Objective: The Summer Science Academy offers three “STAR” programs for high school students who have an expressed interest in science careers.  Each program introduces a content area to students BEFORE the student takes the course in high school.  The programs are: MathStar - Algebra I (content); BioStar - Biology; and ChemStar - Chemistry.   Campus housing is not available for the “STAR” programs.

Eligibility:  For students taking Algebra I (MathStar), Biology I (BioStar), or Chemistry I (ChemStar) the next school year
For more information: Contact Blake Smith at 504-520-5418 or via email at    

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2)  Louisiana Engineering Advancement Program (LEAP) / Summer Scholars Program

Objective: The Summer Scholars Program (SSP) is a competitive and intensive honors program designed to improve the analytical reasoning and verbal skills of students considering careers in engineering, mathematics or the sciences.  
The curriculum includes: 

  • Math: Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II/Trigonometry
  • Science: Physical Science, Biology, or Chemistry
  • Engineering: Introduction to Engineering, Introduction to Civil Engineering
  • Technology: Internet Technology, Multimedia technology
  • English
  • ACT and College prep seminars.  
  • Students will have one to two hours of homework assigned each day.   

Number of Participants: 20 per grade level

Eligibility: Current High School students entering 9th, 10th or 11th grades

For more information:  Please contact Dr. Sunda-Maya Anderson at 504-520-5107, or

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3) CS: Exploring Computer Science at XU

Objective: Xavier University of Louisiana’s Department of Computer Science extends an invitation to our CS: Exploring Computer Science at Xavier summer program. This summer’s theme “Technology/Data Analysis increases the production, safety, and efficiency of oil and natural gas exploration” will explore the importance of computation and data analysis for efficient mobile applications, remote-controlled mobile robots and data stations. We’ll explore the use of the Raspberry Pi, a credit card-sized computer, to communicate with mobile robots and apps in the search for oil; we’ll design and create exciting mobile apps using an Android device; we’ll build and program Lego Mindstorm robots to send and receive data from a data station as we explore for oil; and we’ll analyze digital signals using GarageBand and iMovie to showcase our data processing tasks.  We’ll have many challenges and competitions where you can win prizes and recognition just by doing your best.
To see what we did last summer please visit

When:  June 2nd - June 13th 2014, weekdays from 9:00am till noon.

Who:  Current 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. We look forward to exploring science with all kinds of students: high-achieving, typical, funny, quiet, nervous, those interested in science, those who aren’t sure if they’re interested in science, and even those who think they're not interested in science.

Cost:  FREE!!

Application Process:  No later than Friday, May 16, 2014.

  1. Complete Xavier’s common summer programs application.  This one application is used to apply for any and all of Xavier’s summer programs.

  2. Complete Xavier’s required health clearance forms.

  3. Once we receive your application, Mr. Austin Orgah will email you so you know how to proceed in joining our CS: Exploring Computer Science at Xavier summer program.

Contact: Mr. Austin Orgah is the Program Manager for this program.  He can be reached at or (504) 520-5248.

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Center of Excellence

Objective: The Summer Enrichment Program is a four-week session designed to grant a small group of high school students interested in pharmacy a broader perspective of the academic requirements and exposure to various career opportunities in pharmacy. The academic objective of the Summer Enrichment Program is to reinforce math and science concepts learned throughout the school year and introduce new content material. The program starts the first week of June and classes will be held Monday through Friday from 9:00a.m. -12:00p.m.

Number of Participants:  30                        

Eligibility: Current High School freshmen, sophomores, and juniors attending a school in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

For more information:  Contact Laticia R. Barthe’ at (504) 520-5398.

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FMSTA Summer Program

Objective: FMSTA (Future Mathematics and Science Teacher Academy) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. FMSTA’s vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA and NSF Earth’s environment.

Number of Participants/Eligibility: 50 local high school students (juniors and seniors)

Application information: Click here for document.

For more information:  Contact Dr. Rosalind Hale at 504-520-7536 or

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SOAR1 Program (Click HERE for More Information)

Objective:  The Stress On Analytical Reasoning (SOAR1) program prepares students in analytical reasoning and provides early exposure to science/health careers.  A limited number of on-campus housing is available for SOAR1 participants living outside of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area. 

Eligibility:   Rising high school seniors

For more information:  Contact Monica Majors at 504-520-7633 or

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Objective: SuperScholar/EXCEL is an intensive four-week residential summer enrichment program that is geared toward students who are interested in pursuing college degrees in the arts, humanities, social sciences and education.  All participants will learn test-taking strategies that will enhance their performance on standardized tests. Participants will take non-credit courses in Quantitative Reasoning (Math), Critical Thinking/Writing, Speech/Debate, Philosophy and African-American History.  All participants must live on campus.

Number of Participants: 80             

Eligibility:  Rising high school seniors

For more information: Contact Blake Smith, SuperScholar/Excel Program Coordinator, at 504-520-5264 or

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Biomedical Scholar Summer Program (BSSP)

Objective:  The BSSP provides the opportunity for very high ability students who intend to major in Biology (any major), Chemistry-Premed, or Psychology-Premed to complete one semester of Xavier's General Chemistry course (Chem 1010) the summer before enrolling at the University, thereby earning 3 hours of college credit.  This 5-week program is for students who intend to pursue health and health-related careers.  Program components include one 75-minute chemistry lecture by a member of XU's Chemistry faculty, a daily two-hour drill (recitation) class conducted by an upper-level science major, and a two-hour study hall conducted by groupleaders. 

Number of Participants: 80

Eligibility:  Participation by invitation only.  Participants will be chosen from students who have applied for and achieved acceptance to Xavier in Biology, Chemistry Premed, or Psychology Premed

For more information:  Contact Ashley Fulton at 504-520-7437 or

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Business Achievers Summer Program

Objective: The Business Achievers Summer Program is for incoming freshmen who are prospective business majors.  Participants enroll in the Introduction to Business course and earn 3 hours of college credit.  Local business professionals, entrepreneurs and Xavier alumni facilitate presentations and serve as role models.

Eligibility: Participation by invitation only.  Participants will be chosen from students who have applied for and achieved acceptance to Xavier in the Division of Business.

For more information: Contact Professor Clifford Wright at (504) 520-5040 or via email (

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PREM Summer Bridge

Objective: The main goal of the Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) is to enhance diversity in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative research and education partnerships between minority- serving colleges and universities and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Materials Research (DMR)-supported centers and facilities.  Students will create collaborative research groups in nanoscale imaging systems, including research on energy, magnetic assemblies, imaging force measurements, and polymorphic materials.

Number of Participants: 5 Xavier Students
Eligibility: Xavier Freshmen-Seniors

For more information:  Contact Amy Billizon, at 504 520-5329 or via email

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STEM Scholars Summer Bridge Program

Objective: This five-week program is for incoming freshmen who are majoring in math, computer sciences, physics and engineering.  They must be eligible to take Pre-calculus or Calculus.   Students will receive college credit.

Number of Participants: 20             

Eligibility: Incoming Xavier Freshmen

For more information:  Contact Adrienne Hunter at 504-520-7646 or

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XUPharmPrep Program

Objective: This four-week program is for incoming freshman who intend to pursue careers in Pharmacy. Program participants will work with Xavier faculty from the Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Communications who will help to prepare them for the academic challenges they will face in these key areas during their first year in the Chemistry-Prepharmacy Program. Participants will also interact with Pharmacy professionals and learn more about career opportunities.

Number of Participants: 40             

Eligibility: Participation is by invitation only. Participants must be intending to major in Chemistry-Prepharmacy at Xavier and must be eligible to enroll in Precalculus or Calculus.

For more information:  Contact Dr. Michael Adams at 504-520-5300 or via e-mail at

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