Summer Programs
Chemistry Camp
Dates To Be Determined


**All information below is pertaining to 2017; please check back in February 2018**

View 2017 Camp Brochure | New brochure coming in February!

Alfred University welcomes students to our beautiful campus each year to take part in this exciting overnight summer camp. This 4-day program is for students who are inquisitive and love to explore, design and want exposrure to the chemistry of light and its applications. It provides each participant opportunities for hands-on learning and fun. With a dynamic, engaging, talented and caring faculty, terrific facilities, and lovely surroundings, the Alfred University Chemistry: the Nature of Light could make this your best summer ever!

Program Details:

The Nature of Light camp provides an introduction to spectrophotometry. Participants will use the scientific method to design and build their own spectroscopes, experiment with spectrophotometer, perform a colorimetric analysis and use their creativity to apply the wavelenghts of light energy to clothing.

Have you ever wondered...

  • What causes the different colors in fireworks?
  • Where the glow from a glow-stick comes from?
  • What makes fluorescent lighting harsh for some people?
  • Why there are summer colors and winter colors for clothing?
  • Why greenhouses use blue lights for certain growth and red-blue for others?

This program will help answer those questions and many more! You will discover how light works and much more! Camp topics are tailored to student interests and students are given the opportunity to explore topics of individual curiosity. The camp will also include daily labs as well as brief lectures and lively discussions about the nature of light.

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Who Can Attend?
This dynamic camp is for students entering grades 9-12 . The number of participants is kept small (8-15) to allow for individualized attention and optimal use of equipment.

Students must arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 PM 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
  • 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 a local 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:
Camp Director assignment is to be determined.

When participants are not in class, they are supervised by our wonderful team of Camp Counselors who are specially trained to serve as 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 buildings. Our Camp Counselors 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 our 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 $910. This rate includes a non-refundable $100 deposit which is due by May 1, 2018, along with your application. The remaining balance is due by June 1. This covers tuition, supervision, program materials and 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 is $810 and includes tuition, program materials and equipment, and meals ( lunch), is $810. Evening recreational activities are not included. Students who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and arrive on campus by 8:30 AM for classes Monday-Thursday. They must be picked up no later than 5:00 PM each day, with the exception of Thursday, the last day of camp. Commuting campers are to be picked-up by 1:00 PM. 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:
Students who wish to apply must submit the online application form, along with the following items:

  • $100 deposit (paid on online application form)
  • 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 all of the above items 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.

After the new May 1 deadline, the Camp Director will review all completed applications and determine which students are accepted. Acceptance/non-acceptance notification will be provided to applicants via email by in early June. If you require an earlier decision, please notify us when submitting the above material. (Students who apply after the application deadline will receive notification within a week after we receive their application materials.)

Once students have been accepted, they will receive their acceptance letter and specific instructions on where to find and download all required materials for camp attendance including medical forms, liability releases, emergency notification forms, etc. These materials must be filled out as soon as possible and returned to us by June 16, 2017. 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 1. 50% refunds will be made for cancellations received from June 2-10. No refunds are given for cancellations received after June 10.

For further general information contact the Office of Summer Programs via email or by calling us at 607.871.2612.

Comments from Former Campers:

  • "I learned about everyday 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 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.