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FAU’s Wilkes Honors College to Host Fourth Honors Summer Institute

            JUPITER, FL (March 3, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College will host the fourth annual Honors Summer Institute at the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter.  The three-week program, a supervised residential college experience, scheduled from July 11 – August 1, will bring together high-achieving prospective 11 th and 12 th grade students to study with the faculty of the Honors College.

            Due to the past success of the program, the Wilkes Honors College continues to expand its programming by offering several different courses of study.  Students will take one of five honors courses and receive three college credits. Tentative course offerings include:          

  • Chicks, Cliques and Flicks: Adolescent Pyschology in Research, Theory and Film
  • Madness, Medicine and Misbehaving on the Stage in Renaissance England
  • Image and Imagination: Creativity in Art and Digital Imagery
  • Energy and the Environment: America’s Future
  • Immigration and Politics in the United States: American Dreams, Myths and Reality

            Along with their coursework, students will have several “hands-on” experiences each week, including field trips, lectures, symposia and workshops to enhance their academic experience. There also will be an array of supervised social and recreational events.

            Once again, the Honors Summer Institute will offer a limited number of need-based scholarships. The scholarship amounts vary depending on the applicant’s level of need.

            Application materials for the program are available online at .  Cost of the program is approximately $2,250, which includes a private bedroom in the Honors College residence halls, full meal plan and all activities.  Complete information on program costs is available on the website. The application deadline is March 30.

For more information, visit the Honors Summer Institute’s website at or call 561-799-8646 or 800-920-8705.


Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College in Jupiter is a four-year liberal arts college for academically superior undergraduates.

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

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