Truman Institute Summer Academies
Truman offers a number of valuable enrichment programs during the summer months. There are also a number of exciting learning opportunities available throughout the year. These programs target a range of different student interests and needs.
Summer Programs Currently Offered By the Truman Institute
The Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars: Now in its
30th year, the Joseph Baldwin Academy offers a 3-week pre-college experience for gifted students in the summers following their 7th, 8th, and 9th grade years. The program is competitive and draws participants from around the country to take one of 22 possible courses offered across two sessions in June and July. For more information, click
STAPH: The Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health (S.T.A.P.H.) is a one-week, intensive residential program aimed at students who have just completed 10th or 11th grade who are interested in becoming doctors, nurses, therapists, technicians, or any other health profession. The program will be staffed by faculty in Truman State University's allied health departments, as well as doctors and clinical faculty from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, the founding university of Osteopathic medicine. For more information, click
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Zombie Scholars Academy:
Our primary motive for offering this Academy is to get
young people thinking about
preparedness. We do this through two alternative threads.
All students are exposed to a
curriculum about society’s response to crisis, literature’s
portrayals of these crises, and some basic concepts in biology and
epidemiology. From there, however, students can pursue
interests in survival, leadership, problem solving, and
preparedness, or they can pursue interests in fiction and the
humanities, using their creative impulses and writing to explore
some of these same topics. At numerous points through the
Academy, these threads will reconnect to share their work. Our
goals, by the end of the Academy, are:
- To leave students more prepared to
deal with complex problems.
- To energize students about learning
– particularly critical thinking.
- To help students feel comfortable in
their interests and empowered to use their interests as
a vehicle to learn and to share with others.
- To expand knowledge of disaster
preparedness – both among Academy participants and
others with whom they may share their acquired
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- Taiwan at Truman:
Taiwan at Truman is a program developed in partnership with Zen Del High
School in Chunghua, Taiwan. Students from the school visit Truman's
campus and surrounding Missouri sites for five weeks each summer in annually
alternating groups of young men and women. Students are housed for one
weekend with host families in the Kirksville community.
- Kirk Language Institute:
Beginning with Summer 2014, Truman is launching the
Kirk Language Institute. The pilot year will involve a course in
Chinese Language and Culture, nested within the structure of our 30-year-old
Joseph Baldwin Academy (see above). The course will be taught by a
distinguished faculty member from Beijing, China. The course, serving
American students, will be paired with the Kirk Language Institute's first
class in English Language and American Culture, offered to Chinese nationals
recruited by Beijing's Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.
Students will experience distinct periods of immersion with separate class
periods intermingled with common time where students are compelled to work,
alternatively, in English or Mandarin to communicate. Joint activities
will add depth to the experience. Future years envision the addition
of other high demand languages in partnership with overseas schools.
Programs Offered By Other Departments
New programs are offered by departments around campus every year. Below you will find a sampling of some of the creative programs that are available to Truman Students, prospective students, and members of the community.
SPECTRA: The Scientists Prepared and Enriched Through Research-based Activities (S.P.E.C.T.R.A.) program will provide students learning experiences that will prepare them for modern careers and opportunities involving the sciences or mathematics. Participants will be selected from the pool of incoming first-year students through a competitive application process. For more information, click
Upward Bound: Over 900 Upward Bound Programs nationwide assist qualifying high school students in building the skills and motivation necessary for college success. Upward Bound does this by providing students with academic skill development, tutoring, college/career assistance and social/cultural exposure through a year-round support program for senior high school students. Upward Bound offers programming during the year, as well as a summer residential program on campus. For more information click
Athletic Camps: Summer day and residential camps in a variety of sports are available each summer. Special clinics are held for certain sports at various times of the year. For more information click