Summer Programs
Consumer Chemistry Camp

Chemistry Students at Alfred UniversityJuly 12-16, 2015

Look for our online application form

We will begin accepting applications January 5, 2015

Application Form

Alfred University welcomes students to our beautiful campus each year to take part in this exciting overnight summer camp. This 5-day program, for students interested in learning more about chemistry, provides each participant with opportunities for hands-on learning and fun. With a dynamic, engaging, talented and caring faculty; terrific facilities; and lovely surroundings, the Alfred University Consumer Chemistry Camp could make this your best summer ever! Check out some comments from former campers.

Program Details
Have you ever wondered . . .

  • Why and how your hair dye works?

  • What makes diet soda sweet?

  • What the "pro-vitamins" in your shampoo are?

  • What polymers are used in amusing science toys?

  • Why everyone is so worried about trans fats?

  • How a detergent gets your clothes clean?

This program will help answer those questions and many more! You will discover how to interpret the ingredients lists of your favorite foods and products while learning some basic chemistry. For example, in our tie-dye lab, you will learn how to extract natural dyes, solve a problem with chromatographic separation, and see acid-base chemistry in action while making a T-shirt to keep.

The camp will include discussions, brief lectures, reading about chemistry in the news, and inquiry-based activities. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings while learning!

The laboratory component will help campers develop a deeper understanding of household products in a fun and safe environment. Topic selection later in the week will be driven by student interests, and the camp will culminate in student-led presentations of everyday chemistry.

Chemistry Student at Alfred UniversityTopics will include a comparison of natural and artificial:

  • Sweeteners
  • Fats
  • Preservatives
  • Dyes
  • Detergents
  • Additional student-chosen topics

Class/Lab Activities will include:

  • Tie-dye
  • Daily lab work
  • Student presentations
  • Activities with science-based toys and art such as Silly Putty, water-expanding toys, polymer balloons, sun print kits, everlasting bubbles, and more.
  • Small group discussions of articles and topics

View AU Summer Academic Camps Video

Who Can Attend?
This dynamic camp is for students aged 14-17, who have completed 8th grade math and science. The number of participants is kept small (16) to allow for individualized attention and optimal use of equipment.

Schedule
Students must arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday for registration & check-in and will check-out after lunch on Thursday. Sunday registration is followed by orientation, dinner and welcome activities. Camp instruction sessions begin Monday morning. During the week students attend classes during the day and have lots of fun participating in planned recreational activities on and off campus each evening. View a sample schedule.

Examples of evening activities include the following:

  • Ice-breaker games on the first night to help everyone get acquainted

  • Movies in AU's Nevins Theater

  • Visiting a nearby lake for picnics and campfires

  • Outdoor games such as "Capture the Flag" and "Ultimate Frisbee"

  • Indoor games such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," ping pong, board games, basketball, etc.

  • Social gatherings with refreshments & music in the Knight Club

  • Relaxing and socializing at the Terra Cotta Coffee House

  • Farewell party on the last night

Further information, including a detailed program schedule and driving directions to campus, will be sent to all students upon acceptance.

Camp Director
Mrs. Ruth Bowers, AU Adjunct Instructor of Chemistry is the camp director. Questions about camp academic content may be directed to her via email.

Supervision
When participants are not in class, they are supervised by our wonderful team of Resident Directors (RDs) and Resident Assistants (RAs), who are specially trained to serve as camp counselors, positive role models, mentors and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer students are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations. 

Housing and Meals
Students stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer campers (2 per room) and must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens for the week (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Males and females are housed in separate halls. Resident Directors and Resident Assistants will be on-site in the residence halls at all times. Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge.

Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating campers with food allergies and other special requirements.

Tuition, Room and Board
The program fee is $895 (includes a non-refundable $100 deposit). This covers tuition, supervision, program materials & equipment, recreational activities, room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day.

The $100 deposit must be submitted with the application.

(Commuter Rate: Students living locally who wish to attend this camp as commuters may do so. The commuter rate, which includes tuition, program materials & equipment, and lunch, is $625. Evening recreational activities are not included. Students who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and arrive on campus by 9:00 a.m. for classes Monday-Thursday. They must be picked up no later than 5:00 p.m. each day, except Thursday, when pick-up time is 1:00 p.m. Please be sure to check the "Commuter" box on the application form.)

Financial Aid
Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available for students in any of our summer programs.

How to Apply

Apply Online - We will be accepting applications as of January 5, 2015.


The application deadline was May 1, 2015.. Students who wish to apply must submit:

  • This completed online application form
  • $100 deposit
  • Copy of an up-to-date transcript or most recent report card
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers (on official school stationery)
  • A one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend this program (in your own words, with your signature at the bottom)
  • A list of science and math courses you have completed

Send to: Office of Summer Programs, Alfred University, Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802 or fax to 607.871.2045, or scan and send to us via email.

Acceptance
The Camp Admissions Committee will evaluate all applications after the May 1 deadline and determine which students will be accepted. Acceptance/non-acceptance notification will be provided to applicants by email and letter by the week of May 15. (Students who apply after May 15 will receive notification within 1 week after we receive their application materials.)

Accepted students will receive additional materials including medical forms, liability releases, emergency notification forms, etc. These materials must be filled out as soon as possible and must be back in our hands by May 23. Updated immunization information (including dates) is also required at that time. (If you do not have updated immunization information on hand, you may want to acquire this from your physician now to avoid processing delays.)

Cancellation Policy
Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 5. 50% refunds will be made for cancellations received from June 6-19. We cannot make refunds to students who cancel after June 19 because we must hire staff, purchase materials, arrange for meals and confirm classroom and housing space long before the start of our summer programs. We base all of these arrangements on the number of students accepted into each camp and cannot make changes after contracts are signed and commitments are made.

Questions?
For further general information contact the Office of Summer Programs via email or by calling us at 607.871.2612. For specific information concerning class content please contact Mrs. Ruth Bowers, camp director, via email.

Comments from Former Campers:

  • "I learned about every day items and their chemistry and how that affects us. The labs were hands-on and connected with the lessons." - Katherine P. from Sayre, PA

  • "I learned about chemistry lab instruments and safety, natural dyes, silly putty and much more!" - Ben C. from Irwin, PA

  • "I enjoyed playing capture the flag, watching movies, having fun and being active, and also being able to chill with friends after class." - John-Mark M. from Marion, MA

  • "I had a great time. The people here are all so much fun! I learned a lot." - Patrick G. from Greenburg, PA

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About Alfred
Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in Western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

The campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is located just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 miles north). Transportation to and from that airport can be provided for an additional charge if we receive your request by the date indicated in your acceptance notification. After that date students must make their own arrangements with an airport limo service.

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Program Cancellation: The University may cancel any course or activity at any time because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

AU Policy Against Discrimination: Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.