Academic

Case Western Reserve University prepares today's students to become tomorrow's leaders through a diverse collection of academic programs that includes tutoring, internships, scholarships and career shadowing opportunities.

The following academic programs are listed by name. Use these links for more information.

Upward Bound

Established in 1966, Upward Bound is the oldest pre-college program at Case Western Reserve. It prepares low-income and first-generation high school students for successful post secondary studies. Each year, more than 100 young people from Cleveland Public Schools in grades 9-12, enjoy intensive academic enrichment year-round. During the academic year, students participate in the Saturday Enrichment Program, which provides academic courses and instruction for passing the Ohio Graduation Test. Students also attend weekly tutorials and participate in workshops that focus on personal growth and development. College planning and placement assistance, the SAT/ACT review program (math and English components), cultural activities, counseling and advising (personal, academic and career) are active areas of the program year-round. Students reside on campus for six weeks in the summer to enjoy a simulated college environment. Students reside in the university residence halls, academic instruction in core subjects, as well as participate in a community service project.

Contact Debra Gardenhire, Office of Trio Programs, 216.368.3750

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Pre-College Scholars

Pre-College Scholars is the name that Case Western Reserve University chose for students participating in Ohio's Post-Secondary Enrollment Option Program, which allows high school students to concurrently enroll in college/university courses while in high school. Case Western Reserve's program brings up to 15 highly talented local high school students to campus to enroll in one or two courses per semester. Students are ordinarily juniors and seniors. Although all local high school students are encouraged to participate, Case Western Reserve is committed to serving the Cleveland Metropolitan School district and therefore saves space in the program for qualified CMSD applicants.

Contact Julie Amon, Office of Undergraduate Studies, 216.368.2928

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Project STEP-UP (Student Tutoring Efforts to Promote Utilization of Potential)

This program uses the talents of 150 undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from Case Western Reserve to provide weekly tutoring and mentoring services to 200 at-risk youth who attend Cleveland Public Schools. Begun as a middle school effort 22 years ago, Project STEP-UP is held at the Church of Covenant located at 11205 Euclid Ave. and serves as the umbrella for the Education Service Learning Programs.

Contact Janice Eatman Williams, Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, 216.368.1462

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Partnering for Information Literacy

Coordinated by the Kelvin Smith Library, the program provides 21st century literacy skills training to underserved youth to help them succeed in our technology-based environment. Held twice a month at the university's library since 2001, the program serves 15 students per semester in an effort to provide individualized instruction and mentoring which is essential for this type of program. Students who complete the training sessions have a greater appreciation for the benefits and uses of information (education, health, employment, etc.) in the digital society. Students demonstrate a greater understanding of technology to enhance learning (both inside and out of the classroom); learn to work well in teams and excel in peer-to-peer training/learning; use acquired skills to manage information better (e.g., for homework, community events, job-seeking, etc.) and express the desire to attend college after high school and, specifically, Case Western Reserve University.

Contact Earnestine Adeyemon, Kelvin Smith Library, 216.368.4248

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The Big Buddies Program

Case Western Reserve University School of Law students have served as mentors and tutors for the past 19 years to children from the Mary Bethune Elementary School through this program. Twice a week, approximately 35 youth visit the campus to receive help on homework and strengthen relationships with family. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland recognizes the university for having the longest held Big Buddies partnership in the city.

Contact Patty Kim Harbold, School of Law, 216.368.6615

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The John Hay Leadership Development Program

This program is for students at John Hay High School and consists of weekly sessions hosted by undergraduate students in the Student Leadership Journey Council. Sessions focus on the development of skills related to leadership and the transition to college. Topics include value assessment, time management, goal setting, effective communication, transitioning to college and more. Students in the program work on a final project of their choice that will impact their community and present their findings upon the conclusion of the program.

Contact Amy Han, Office of Student Affairs, 216.368.3434

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The Saturday Physical Diagnosis Seminar

Seminar is a medically related college mentoring experience for John Hay's Cleveland School of Science and Medicine (CSSM) students involved in the Cardiovascular Inquiry Seminar Series (CISS) of the Health Profession Pipeline Program (H3P). CSSM students get the chance to take vital signs, explore the basic anatomy and physiology of the heart, dissect a sheep heart, and view an echocardiogram. At the end of the program, students listen to a presentation on preparing for college by Case undergraduate students who work for the university's Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Case pre-medical students of Phi Delta Epsilon, an international medical fraternity, facilitate the event and provide mentoring for the students. The Saturday Physical Diagnosis Seminar is an important part of H3P because it brings people from all levels of the educational pipeline together to provide a supplemental educational program for John Hay High School Students. Supported by the Joan C. Edwards Charitable Foundation, it supplements what the high school students learn through CISS, provides mentorship and teaches them how to become a competitive college applicant, and helps motivate them to pursue a medical career.

Contact Zachary Rubin, Office of Undergraduate Studies and Academic Affairs

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Health Profession Pipeline Program

The Joan C. Edwards Charitable Foundation's Health Profession Pipeline Program is the creation of the Edwards Scholarship Endowment at Case Western Reserve for students at the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay Campus (CSSM). An initial investment of $10 to $12 million over 10 years will establish an endowment for full-tuition scholarships for students to earn bachelor and medical degrees at Case Western Reserve. Beginningin 2011, the Health Profession Pipeline Program will provide this scholarship opportunity to one student per year from CSSM.

Contact Lisa Marshall, Office of Development, 216.368.4352

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The Mini Medical Experience

This program is geared towards high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Held on a Saturday for up to 40 students once a semester, this program is part of an umbrella of medical educational programs called Dr. Rubin's Mini Medical School. Dr. Ira Rubin, a pediatrician with over 20 years of experience, and his son, Zachary, created this program while Zachary was in high school as a way to teach highly motivated high school students about medical school. When Zachary came to Case Western as an undergraduate pre-professional scholar in medicine, he decided to condense the original program into a one day event so that many students could get exposed to this information. Zachary created a Mini Medical Experience at John Hay's Cleveland School of Science and Medicine (CSSM). Students participate in lectures and hands on projects with both Dr. Ira and Zachary Rubin. Case undergraduate pre-medical students of Phi Delta Epsilon, an international medical fraternity, help mentor and teach students the medical projects which include taking vital signs, intubation and suturing.

Contact Zachary Rubin, School of Medicine

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Home Care Nursing-WHO and Intercambio Cultural Maya-WHO Student Experience Abroad

There are a number of possibilities for nursing students to have experiences abroad, depending on the interests, focus and required courses. In some programs, students have the option of completing part of their coursework abroad. In the past few years, students have gone to such countries and regions as Thailand, Chile, St. Lucia, Scotland and Uganda, among others.

Contact The Elizabeth Madigan, International Health WHO Collaborating Center in Home Care Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, 216.368.8532 or Samira Hussney, International Health Programs, 216.368.5356


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Minority International Research Training (MIRT)-WHO Student Experience Abroad

This program allows minority nursing students to develop leadership in the field of nursing science and increase collaboration to resolve global health issues. The specific aim of this research training program is to advance primary health care nursing research to address the health disparities among under-served population groups of the United States or in developing countries.

Contact The Elizabeth Madigan, International Health WHO Collaborating Center in Home Care Nursing, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, 216.368.8532 or Samira Hussney, International Health Programs, 216.368.5356


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Senior Capstone Project, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

The Senior Capstone Project for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is a practicum that provides senior BSN students with the opportunity to analyze the concepts of health and health care, health policy and finance, culture and ethics. The 10-week community-based immersion experience is held during the fall semester in local national, or international settings. Students apply epidemiological techniques, the skills of negotiation, partnership building, community assessment and nursing science in the identification and analysis of a health problem leading to the development of an intervention. Recent projects have taken students to local Cleveland schools as well as to Australia, Chile, Denmark, St. Lucia and the Virgin Islands.

Contact Marilyn Lotas, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, 216.368.5129

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Polymer Envoys Program (PEP)

The Polymer Envoys Program (PEP) is a year-round educational outreach program for local high school students from the Cleveland Public and East Cleveland schools that focus on academic enhancement, college preparation and lab research experience in polymer science and engineering. Coordinated by the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CliPS), the program targets underrepresented students in their sophomore year of high school and continue through graduation. Envoys increases a students' knowledge in science and math, provides opportunities for students to interact with college faculty, students and STEM professionals, facilitates the development of oral and written communication skills, enhances student academic and social skills, and facilitates matriculation into CLiPS and other higher education institutions. All Envoys are expected to prepare poster presentations and present to younger students in their respective schools, thus serving as PEP Science Ambassadors. Most, if not all, graduating Envoys have been accepted to a college or university and plan to pursue a STEM degree in college

Contact Tonia Kate Florence, Center for Layered Polymeric Systems, 216.368.1845

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Gelfand Science and Engineering Fellows

Gelfand Science and Engineering Fellows are select Case Western Reserve students who prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers by mentoring Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) middle and high school students as they develop, plan, implement and present science fair projects. Graduate and undergraduate students work with Case Western Reserve faculty on strategies and tools to motivate, engage and guide students during the science fair process. University students visit participating middle and high schools several times each week and help CMSD students develop meaningful questions, design valid experiments and conduct rigorous analyses of their work in preparation for science fairs during the spring semester.

Contact James Bader, Center for Science and Mathematics, 216.368.5257

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Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER) Girls' STEM Outreach Program

Based on research that indicates middle school is the best place to inspire long-term interest in science among girls, this program includes an after-school science club for middle-school girls facilitated by WISER college students at Case Western Reserve. The program brings middle-school girls from Laurel and Cleveland Public schools to Case Western Reserve University for two, day-long events—Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Introduce a Girl to Science Day. The events help to solidify a girl's interest in science and see themselves in college engaged science or engineering or math. The young women who serve as mentors from Case Western Reserve involved in the WISER program gain leadership and volunteer experience.

Contact Mary Rouse, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, 216.368.6858

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Fisk Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and designed to train highly competent secondary teachers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to teach in high need schools and to support those teachers through the initial stages of their teaching careers. Case Western Reserve University partners with Fisk University to train new science and mathematics teachers over the next four academic years through a program that features early and extended mentoring relationships between the teacher candidates, university faculty, and master teacher mentors. Beginning in their junior year, Noyce Fellows work in partner school classrooms. This mentoring relationship will continue through the candidates' early teaching career to support new teachers as they transition to the classroom.

Contact James Bader, The Center for Science and Mathematics, 216.368.5257

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Research ShowCASE

Research ShowCASE is an annual celebration of the vitality of research taking place at Case Western Reserve and its affiliated institutions including, University Hospitals, MetroHealth System, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans of Administration Hospital and Cleveland Clinic. Research ShowCASE is the largest single gathering of research and scholarship on campus, attracting more than 600 participants and an audience of more than 2,000. Research ShowCASE offers attendee's opportunities to learn about pioneering research, to network with individuals and peers involved in all the schools and colleges of the University and to identify new possibilities of collaboration. The event celebrates faculty, staff and student scholarship, including interdisciplinary research in the humanities; behavioral and cognitive sciences; social and economic sciences; engineering; computer and information sciences; education; math and physical sciences; medical and health sciences; nursing; business; law; biological and biomedical sciences.

Contact Cindy Barker, Office of Research Administration, 216.368.1072

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STEM SET

This program is designed to foster a mentoring relationship between Case Western Reserve University students and MC2STEM High School students interested in pursuing the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. The program provides opportunities for students to interact with each other and work on STEM related projects.

Contact Bridget Chapman, Office of Multicultural Affairs, 216.368.2904

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Winter Discovery Days

Winter Discovery Days is presented in partnership with the Case School of Engineering and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for the past six years. Hosted every year on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the event attracts more than 18,000 visitors to the museum of which nearly 6,000 toured the Case Western Reserve polymer show. The event allows the university students to present complex scientific themes in laymen's terms to a very diverse audience. They consider the program to be a most enjoyable experience, and each year, the students are exhilarated by the continuous stream of visitors. The format allows the university team to interact with the public, while at the same time enabling them to reach out to a sizable section of the local community. The use of graduate students is critical to this program and the size of the program requires that at least 10 graduate students to participate.

Contact Stuart J. Rowan, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, 216.368.4242

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Northeast Ohio Regional Science Olympiad

Program is hosted by the Center for Science and Mathematics Education each year for local middle and high school students. More than 600 students representing more than 20 schools come to campus each February to compete in a wide variety of science and engineering events. Winning teams advance to state and national competitions.

Contact James Bader, Director, Center for Science and Mathematics (link to James.Bader@case.edu ) 216.368.5257

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Engineer's Week

Engineer's Week features a series of events and programs coordinated by the Case School of Engineering. From Lego robots to model bridge building to battery-powered cars, future engineers put their education to the test in battles of will, skill and, sometimes, student-made machines. FIRST Robotics (which stands for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) uses wholesale marketing and media techniques to motivate high school students to want to learn about science and technology. The national championships of the FIRST Robotics competition teams up with professional engineers and high school students from across the country. The week also includes the Lego Robot Competition Lego and the Engineering Challenges Carnival. The Departments of Civil Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering co-sponsor two design competitions—the Model Bridge Building Competition and Eveready Battery-powered Car Contest to encourage high school students with an interest in engineering design.

Contact the Case School of Engineering, 216.368.2000

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Future Connections Program

The Future Connections Program is a partnership between University Circle (UCI), the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, University Circle cultural institutions and local Cleveland businesses. The program exposes 11th graders to cultural institutions throughout University Circle, as well as local businesses to identify future academic and career choices while furthering their knowledge and skills related to their own future goals. It is a unique program with an intensive nine-week summer study/work experience. Students receive a stipend of $100 per week to assist with transportation, lunch, etc. Each year, Case Western Reserve serves as a host institution for Future Connections. Students have been placed at the university's Kelvin Smith Library, Center for Science and Mathematics, the Office of Urban Health, the Law School, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, the School of Dental Medicine, the Center for Community Partnerships and others. The program is managed by UCI and supported by each hosting department across campus.

Contact UCI Community Education Program, 216.707.5012

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Bridging Pathways to Health Careers

Bridging Pathways to Health Careers is a collaborative project between Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University to present a one-day conference to Cleveland area high school students interested in health careers. The annual program provides students with a day of information, inspiration and connections to support their interests and help make their career goals a reality. Organized by the Office of Urban Health and the Urban Area Health Education Center, the program originated at Case Western Reserve in 2002 as a health careers event offered jointly by the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine and School of Medicine.

Contact Susan Wentz, Director of the Office of Urban Health and Urban Area Health Education Center, 216.368.5493

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St. Martin DePorres Corporate Work Study Program

St. Martin DePorres Corporate Work Study program is a program sponsored by the Weatherhead School of Management, which provides high school students who cannot afford a typical college preparatory education the chance to do so through a unique work-study program that pays their tuition and exposes them to "real-world" work situations. This program also provides meaningful opportunities for professionals to interact with and mentor their student workers while making a difference in their lives. Students from the high school are working both in the dean's office as well as with the audio visual/classroom technology group.

Contact Deborah Bibb, Director of Graduate Admissions at Weatherhead School of Management, 216.368.6702

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