Programs

Overview

USF Pre-Colleg Programs

USF Pre-College offers an opportunity for high school students to experience college level academics during their summer break. Teens will pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and explore the independence of university life. Programs are enriched with experiential learning, select field trips, and guest speakers which work to transform learning outcomes from theory to practice.Teens can choose from a variety of summer programs ranging from five days to four weeks.


STEM FOR SCHOLARS

Prepare for academic and college life with this program designed to expand your horizons in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. You'll develop critical thinking and conceptual creativity through active, hands-on participation in all aspects of the program, including work with cryptography cybersecurity.


BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Discover how engineering and the human body come together. You will learn how technology can be used to record and monitor biological signals from the body and how to use those signals to create better tools and mainstream technology applications such as advanced sensors, diagnostics and prosthetics.


THE NEXT PHYSICIAN AND HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL

Learn what it’s like to train in the same environment as medical school students and engage in the same equipment demonstrations and realistic hands-on simulation activities. You'll be immersed in a variety of simulated health care training experiences such as a 3-D anatomy analysis, laparoscopic skills and high-fidelity simulation.


THE NEXT SCIENTIST AND ENGINEER

Take an up-close look at what scientists and engineers do by engaging with USF faculty in a variety of cutting-edge facilities. You’ll get hands-on experience with brain drones, robotics, 3D printing and modeling, integrative biology and interdisciplinary sciences. 


LEADERS AND SCHOLARS: COLLEGE PREPARATORY PROGRAM

Complete "learning quests" that require you to be a researcher, creative thinker, academic reader, scholarly writer, problem solver and effective leader. You'll utilize campus resources to complete mini-projects that will equip you with the skills to excel as first-time college student. 


Community in Action: Big Problems, "Mall" Solutions

Work with non-profit organizations in the University Mall to see how community partners help to address some of Tampa’s large-scale problems. You’ll actively work with these partners to propose solutions to large urban issues affecting the Tampa Bay area and metropolitan areas around the country.


FILMMAKING

Explore storytelling principles through the lens of filmmaking. You will study current works in film and identify and discuss meaning and theoretical approach, as well as learn about all aspects of the filmmaking process. Engage in creating your own films, culminating with a final cut screening and awards ceremony open to family and friends.


CODEBREAKHERS

Join the USF Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC) in this exciting camp just for girls! Compete in teams to solve concrete cybersecurity problems, including hands-on activities in blockchain security, mining of cryptocurrency and authentication, and Unix-based computing. Participants also will explore potential careers in cybersecurity and engage with current USF faculty, students, and industry experts.


CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION, POETRY, NONFICTION AND COMICS

Develop your storytelling skills! Through this program, you’ll read published works and make your own comics, write stories, craft poems and draft creative nonfiction essays. You’ll learn about the different stages of the writing process, experiment with different writing forms and techniques. At the conclusion of the program, you’ll read your work at a final reading open to family and friends.


LGBTQ+ IDENTITIES IN CULTURAL CONTEXT

Make personal, scholarly and professional connections with affirming community members, businesses and organizations to explore the ways that careers, activism and life skills interconnect. You’ll also examine the ways that LGBTQIA+ identities intersect with other identities like race, age, religion, socioeconomic class and more.


 Video Gaming, Game Design and eSports

Explore the exciting world of video game design and eSports! Through this program you’ll get hands-on gaming experiences and opportunities to learn the business aspects of this growing field. You’ll also explore the research components of video gaming and determine how they can contribute to the current body of research.