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Schwanke Institute

Kermit and Kathleen Schwanke Honors Institute for High School Students

June 15-27, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the Schwanke Institute will be held from June 15-27, 2014. 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.

M191 - Discrete Mathematics

Schwanke Honors Institute program photoStudents who enjoy solving puzzles, tinkering with problems, and being exposed to new ideas and who want to broaden their knowledge of mathematics and increase their problem-solving skills should enroll. Inquiry-based exploration and group problem solving will be emphasized.  We will answer such questions as:  What is the best way to visit all the cities in Montana? How does a GPS navigation system find the “best route” between two cities? and What is the probability of winning the Montana Lottery 10 Spot?

Course instructor Jenny McNulty is the co-author of a textbook on an area of discrete math: Matroids: A Geometric Approach (Cambridge, 2012).  Professor McNulty has many years of experience teaching mathematics at UM as well as in summer math camps at Rutgers University and Duke University. She is an associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics at UM.

CRWR 191 - Introduction to Creative Writing

This course will focus on the craft of creative writing and the essential components that make up a poem, a short story, and a personal essay. We, as a group, will determine what makes creative writing enjoyable to read and to write.  We will discuss published works and student works, sharing writing daily. We will explore the sense, sound, and structure of many kinds of writing, and we will produce an anthology of poems and give a public reading.

Course instructor Prageeta Sharma is the author of four poetry collections: Bliss to Fill, The Opening Question, Infamous Landscapes and the recent Undergloom (2013). She was a recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Award. She is a professor of English at the University of Montana.

MART 191 - Understanding and Making Movies

Students in this course will study film while making and editing short movies. The course combines production techniques with viewing and analysis so that students are continually making movies, viewing and assessing them, and then making the next one. Each student will take turns acting, directing, writing, editing, and doing the physical crew work necessary to make a film happen.

Course instructor Michael Murphy began teaching at UM in 1995 after a career as an actor in theatre, film, and television. He is one of the founding members of the Media Arts faculty. His recent work includes directing Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro, acting in Samuel Beckett's masterpiece, Krapp's Last Tape, and collaborating on two award-winning short films, Leonard Hotel Suite and be again.

Schwanke Honors Institute program photoEstimated Costs

(Note:  All costs subject to change.)

$490.00 for Montana resident and non-resident students.

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

Students choosing the dinner plan only will pay $90.75, while those choosing the breakfast and dinner plan will pay $153.75.   Those opting for the breakfast, lunch and dinner plan will be charged $240.75.    Most students choose the breakfast and dinner plan.  Be sure to bring extra money for meals not covered by the plan you select.

The Davidson Honors College grants scholarships that are awarded on the basis of financial need.

For more information, please call Marissa Lehner at (406) 243-2541.