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Summer Seminars at Luther: June 17-22 2018

You are invited to apply for a unique summer experience for high school juniors and seniors held on the Luther College campus. Our Summer Science and Teacher Education Seminars are designed to provide an intensive summer experience for students who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education. Specifically, the program is targeted to ethnic minority students and/or first-generation college students who show great promise for college entrance and eventual service to their professions and communities.

The Summer Science Seminars began in 1995 to provide a challenging experience for students interested in careers in the sciences. The intensive five-day program, funded by Luther College, is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences. Students will work with professors and college students on real research projects in laboratories and participate in meaningful class discussions.

The Summer Humanities Seminar will immerse participants in a variety of art forms, such as theatre, literature, dance, art, and music. During the week, participants will engage with professors and each other to examine their shared humanity

Students in the Teacher Education Seminar will be provided with opportunities to explore ways to teach in K-12 schools that go beyond textbooks and written tests. Professors and current students in the Luther education program will collaborate with participants in developing teaching methods that will enhance learning.


The selection process for the seminars is competitive. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA in high school and a class rank in the top 50 percent. Applicants should anticipate graduating from high school in 2019 or 2020.

Applications are accepted until May 25, 2018. Only completed applications will be considered for the program. Completed applications include the online application form, current transcript, and payment of the application fee. Once accepted, student must submit the health consent and photo release forms.These are available on the website.


There is a $50.00 non refundable application fee, due at the time of applying. Chicago students using the Luther shuttle will be charged an additional $100. The college will provide program materials, room and board, and costs associated with off-campus field trips. 


If you have any questions about the program, you can contact Josue Silva, Coordinator of Diversity Recruitment, at [email protected]