Caribbean Summer Scholars Program (CSSP)
Students sign up for 1 - 5 courses. Courses will meet for 5 - 10 weeks starting the beginning of June 2023. Some courses will include field trips to museums, labs replicating scientific experiments, guest lectures and presentations.
Choose from our list of courses below :
CSSP 300 : Finance and Programming
This course is designed for high school students who are interested in learning about the Jamaica Stock Exchange and how to analyze data to develop profitable investment strategies. The course will introduce students to the basics of the stock market and financial statements, and then dive into data analysis using programming skills to extract insights from stock data. Students will learn how to use programming languages such as Python to analyze stock returns and trading volume, and how to identify key variables that can impact investment decisions. By the end of the course, students will have a solid understanding of the Jamaica Stock Exchange and the tools and techniques needed to make informed investment decisions, particularly as it relates to computational trading strategies.
CSSP 301 : Biotechnology and Computational Biology
CSSP 302 : Thermal Dynamics : Mastering Heat Transfer
Heat transfer is a pillar (core class) for all disciplines of engineering and this course delves into the dynamics involved in the process. Students will learn about the fundamentals of heat transfer and the different parameters that govern the effective and efficient transference of energy. Furthermore, mathematical approaches to solving heat transfer problems will be developed as well as an ability to apply the lessons learnt to real world problems. Additionally, students will study different unit operations that are used on an industrial level for thermal control. Heat exchangers will be primarily covered but as time permits, other units may be touched upon such as air conditioners. Although these “practical” experiments will be virtual, students will be exposed to the actual operation of these equipment and how their data is collected and analyzed. Finally, students will be given scenarios to determine the necessary parameters and dimensions for a heat exchanger that will achieve the desired level of heat transfer/temperature of a process stream. This is an excellent opportunity for high school students with an advanced background in Chemistry and Math and are interested in Engineering in college.
At the end of each course, instructors may select qualified top students to work with them as paid research assistants on ongoing doctoral level projects. Some students will be encouraged to apply to local and international competitions under the supervision of our instructors based on the quality of projects completed OR submit creative pieces to collections and journals.
CSSP 303 : Self Design Project (Humanities/Social Science)
The Self-Design Course in Humanities and Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary study program that allows students to tailor their learning experience according to their individual interests and goals. The course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore a range of topics across the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to literature, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. Through a combination of independent research, mentorship, and collaborative learning, students will develop critical thinking skills, engage with diverse perspectives, and deepen their understanding of the human experience. The course will culminate in a final project that reflects the student's unique learning journey and showcases their mastery of the chosen topics. Participants will approach projects with a distinctly Caribbean focus.
CSSP 304 : From Queen Elizabeth I to Kim Kardashian : A Journey through Race and Culture
What might Vybz Kartel, Queen Elizabeth I, and Kim Kardashian tell us about this thing called ‘race’? Or how do we make sense of someone like Eileen Clemetson-Goffe, a biracial Jamaican woman who passed for a white person in Nazi Germany? And why would the American Anthropological Association release a statement in 1998 declaring that there is no biological basis for race?
CSSP 305 : Self Design Project (STEM)
The Self-Design Course in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is a personalized learning program that empowers students to pursue their interests and passions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This interdisciplinary course provides students with the opportunity to explore topics across a range of STEM disciplines, including but not limited to biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, and mathematics. Through a combination of independent research, project-based learning, and mentorship, students will develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and technical expertise. The course will culminate in a final project that showcases the student's mastery of the chosen topics and demonstrates their readiness for further studies or careers in STEM fields.
Your classmates will be top students from all across the Caribbean and Latin America. Your instructors are international graduate students who have worked earnestly to create a topical course to get you prepared for college-level coursework.
CSSP 306 : Contemporary International Politics
The 21st century presents us with complex social, political, environmental, and economic issues that challenge the international world order as we now know it. This course is designed for high school students interested in exploring contemporary debates in international politics, and developing a comprehensive understanding of the most pressing political issues of our times. We will cover basic international relations theory, with a twist: from the bottom up. We will cover the formation of the nation-state, the rise of corporations, globalization, historical justice, migration, climate change, autocracy, and war. Students will also have an opportunity to embark on an independent study, on a topic of their choice related to course materials. In this process, we will teach introductory research skills, key quantitative and qualitative research methods, and theory construction. We will also encourage students to engage in different short field trips, case studies, and interviews. By the end of the course, students will have a strong grasp of contemporary international political debates.
CSSP 307: Creative Writing: Crafting Stories from a Caribbean Perspective
This course is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the principles of creative writing, as well as opportunities to gain practical experience in various forms of creative expression. Drawing on the expertise of award-winning poets, novelists, playwrights, and filmmakers, students will explore the theory and techniques of creative writing in a supportive and collaborative learning environment.