Schwanke Honors Institute

Kermit and Kathleen Schwanke Honors Institute for High School Students

June 14-26, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the Schwanke Honors Institute will be held from June 14-26, 2015. Students will take one of three courses, each of which will be taught by outstanding faculty members associated with the Davidson Honors College. Courses will incorporate a "hands-on" approach designed to enhance learning and invite classroom interaction. Students who successfully complete one of these courses will receive two semester college credits. The courses offered are listed below.

Schwanke Honors Institute program photo

CHMY 191: Potions 101

The notions of wizards and witches arose from early scientific explorations of captivating chemical and physical phenomena. Potions 101 will use dramatic demonstrations to delve into both the thermodynamic and kinetic underpinnings of chemical reactions. Students will prepare and perform feats of chemical magic, including an enigmatic ink-making spell, a mesmerizing freezing spell, a scintillating cauldron of colored fire, a mysterious oscillating arabesque reaction, and some eye‑popping pyrotechnics!  We will explore how nuclear chemistry makes possible advanced medical imaging as well as the theoretical limits on how big atoms can get and how small particles can be.

Course instructor Dr. Garon Smith has won several teaching awards, including being named Montana Professor of the Year in 2008 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  He spent the spring 2014 semester at the Universities of Otago and Waikato in New Zealand where he entertained more than 10,000 students in 117 performances. Dr. Smith conducts research on air pollution, training honeybees to find explosives, green chemistry, theoretical thermodynamics and snowflakes.

CRWR 191: Creative Writing

This course will focus on the craft of creative writing and include three genres: poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction. We will address through reading, discussion, and writing the features of each form. Portfolios will incorporate exercises and examples from each of the three genres, but students will create a more substantial body of work employing their chosen genre. Students will give a public reading featuring a work or excerpt selected from their portfolio. Writing is an exercise in faith and doubt—we will work to develop and sustain faith and overcome and banish doubt.

Course instructor Robert Stubblefield grew up in Eastern Oregon. He has published fiction and personal essays in Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Short Fiction of the American West and Best Stories of the American West, among others. Awards include a Georges and Anne Borchardt scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Fishtrap Fellowship, and Imhaha Writers’ Retreat Fellowship. 

JRNL 191: Global Journalism

If you’re not already a news junkie, this course aims to turn you into one. By the end of two weeks, you'll be confident that when you point to Nigeria on a map, you won’t hit Niger by accident. You’ll recognize acronyms like ISIL and IOC, and know why the world is watching the economies of Brazil, China, India and Russia. You’ll interview people from hot spots around the globe, learn how to tweet like a journalist and discover new sources for international breaking news and in-depth stories.

Course instructor Henriette Lowisch is an international journalist who has worked across continents and media. She is an associate professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism, where she directs the Master’s Program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism and edits Montana Journalism Review, an award-winning student-produced magazine.

Schwanke Honors Institute program photoEstimated Costs

(Note:  All costs subject to change.)

Tuition: $501.83 for Montana resident and non-resident students.

Lodging: The estimated cost for lodging (double occupancy for 12 nights) in a UM residence hall will be $234.00.

Meals: Students choosing the dinner plan only will pay $93.50, while those choosing the breakfast and dinner plan will pay $162.50. Those opting for the breakfast, lunch and dinner plan will be charged $245.00.  Most students choose the breakfast and dinner plan.  Be sure to bring extra money for meals not covered by the plan you select.

Scholarships: The Davidson Honors College provides scholarships that are awarded on the basis of financial need.

Schwanke Honors Institute Application (click here)

For further information, please call the Davidson Honors College at (406) 243‑2541