Summer Experience at ASU West

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Summer Experience at West (Residential and Non-Residential)


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About the Summer Experience Programs

Join us for the ASU Summer Experience at West where students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2020 will participate in unique, college-prep experiences! Participants will enjoy interactive activities that may include research, laboratory visits, presentations, seminars, college-major explorations and panel discussions led by current ASU students and faculty.


Residential Session (Overnight Experience)

June 8, 2020 – June 11, 2020 
Cost: $350

The Residential Program is an overnight experience where students will stay in the residential halls. Students will participate in workshops and explore topics in the following areas: psychology, social justice, exercise and wellness, and nutrition. The cost for this program covers tuition, course materials, a room in a residence hall and three meals per day.

Residential Check-in: June 8, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. 
Closing Ceremony: June 11, 2020 at 4 p.m. 
Residential Checkout: June 11, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Daytime Session (Non-Residential)

June 8, 2020 – June 11, 2020
Cost: $200
Daily Check-in time: 8:00 a.m.
Daily Check-out time: 4:30 p.m.

The Daytime program allows students to participate in interactive workshops and explore the following topics: psychology and leadership, forensic psychology, political philosophy, and sustainability. Students are responsible for their own transportation.


Learning Communities

Attendees will have the opportunity to rank their preference of learning communities during the registration process. Learning Communities will be announced in early 2020. 

While topics are subject to change based on instructor availability, Summer 2019 electives included

The Psychology and Music across the Lifespan learning community theme is “Psychology, Music, and the Brain throughout the Lifespan”. Topics may include: How does music affect prenatal and infant memory and behavior? How do different types of music and videos influence children’s and teens’ emotions and behavior? How is music used by adults in their daily lives? Can music be used as psychological therapy for senior citizens?

The Exercise and Wellness learning community theme is “The Positive Effects of Exercise beyond Physical Health.” Topics may include: Can exercise reduce the risks of degenerative mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s? How does exercise affect our health and quality of life? How does exercise enhance thinking (cognitive) and learning (behavioral) functions and influence social (peer) interactions?

The Mathematics and Science behind diseases”. Topics may include: How to use STEM to solve real world problems? How can mathematics and physiology help us understand certain diseases of the eye?  How Retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a group of inherited degenerative eye diseases caused by genetic mutations in the eye’s photoreceptors, can often lead to total blindness? How can mathematics help us comprehend all the different things that have to go wrong along the way as the RP disease gradually leads to complete blindness? How can science help us to figure out what to do to prevent this outcome? How mathematics combined with computer simulations are used to study many problems in biology and medicine, ranging from how to treat cancer, to how predict disease outbreaks, to how infections like the flu spread?

The Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles theme is “How does what we eat and how we Live Affect Our Lifestyle and Health over the Lifespan?” Topics may include: How can substance and drug abuse affect overall health of individuals and their children? What products should our diet focus on for positive current and long-term physical and mental health outcomes?    


Priority deadline is March 2nd, 2020. 
Scholarships available. 
Minimum enrollment fee of $25. 

For questions about the program, please email SEW team at or call 480-727-8633.