Science Leadership: A Festival of Innovative Ideas (Full, waitlist 1)

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When is it?

27 July 2014 to 01 August 2014

Campers with Director Mike ZemanSunday: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, evening sessions will be scheduled
Friday: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Camp Endorsements by Penn State Faculty - Click Here

Peter Hudson (Guest Speaker) - Click Here

Scholarship Opportunity For This Camp - Click Here

Who Can Attend?

Students entering grades 10-12.

What's covered?

2014 Leadership Camp Schedule

2013 Science Leadership Video

Do you think the world of science needs leadership?

Have you considered the formation and impact of your global citizenship?

The Penn State Science Leadership camp prepares participants for a successful future in scientific careers.  This camp provides an integrated approach to leadership for young men and women interested in advancing academically and while activating change in scientific Pete Hudson with Campersenvironments. The success and growth of both this camp and the campers who attend it is attributable to the intense reflective nature of the program.  Unique to the program is the integration of the arts (literature, visual arts, music, etc.) and field challenges (group projects, lab tours, competitions, and lab work) with the theory and practice of innovative and creative thinking. Come join us at Penn State University Park for an experience you can take with you through high school, college, and beyond!

Lunch and Snacks

  • Snacks and drinks will be provided each day during activity breaks.
  • Campers will walk to Pollock Dining Commons each day for lunch.

Camp fees and registration

Register online before midnight Tom Mallouk with CampersMarch 31, 2014

  • $395 (day)
  • $795 (resident)

Register online after 12 am April 1, 2014

  • $425 (day)
  • $825 (resident)

Day or Resident Option

Day option:

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please arrive between 8:50 pm and 9:00 am. Camp ends promptly at 5:00 pm.  An evening faculty/staff/camper dinner mixer will be scheduled as well as occasional evening group work sessions.

Day campers are welcome to join the residential campers for breakfast or stay for dinner in the dining halls (when there is an evening work session).

Resident option:

Campers in grades 9-12 can choose to stay at Penn State from Sunday evening (check-in at 4 pm and opening ceremony at 7:00 pm) until Friday afternoon (camp ends promptly at 4:00 pm). Resident campers stay in University Residence Halls. An evening faculty/staff/student dinner mixer along with occasional evening group work sessions will be scheduled.  Evening mentors supervise activities and outings.

Residential activities will include:

  • Monday and Wednesday supervised enrichment and team building activities.

  • Tuesday - faculty/staff/camper mixer with dinner and science challenges.

  • Thursday - Final presentation group work.

Extended Care

Extended care is not offered with this camp.

Camp Endorsements from Penn State Faculty (Click Here)

Already Registered? Here's the Science Leadership Camp Assignment #1

Welcome to Science - U Leadership Academy! Below are the books recommended for student to read before attending camp. Each camper is expected to choose at least two books to read and incorporate them into a 2 page reflection paper based on the questions below...then submit it electronically to the camp director before arriving for camp. 
Email documents by July 15, 2014 to: Mr. Michael Zeman (
1. Mike Krzyzewski: Leading With the Heart (ISBN 0-446-67678-0) 
2. Sean Covey: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens (ISBN 0-684-85609-3) 
1. Are leaders born or raised? Is it really possible that anyone can become a leader? Are there people with natural traits that make them unfit to be a leader?
2. How, if so, might new science and technologies affect leadership and leaders?
3. What is the relationship between leaders and followers? 
4. One of the main trends in the new economy is people working at home, connected to work by the internet. How can one be a leader with much less personal contact? 
5. What do you think the scientific leaders of the ever-changing world will look like in 15 years from now? Are leaders in science necessary?


Who is the Director?

Michael Zeman, Director of Outreach and Science Engagement at Penn State,  has a B.S and M.S in Kinesiology from Penn State University.  His three years as a Doctoral Candidate at Penn State left him wanting more for the K-12 classroom and his passion for teaching. He turned to pedagogy and educational theory and became a teacher. After seven years of teaching K-12 Health Education in Rochester, NY, Mr. Zeman earned his school district administrative degree (SDA) from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and worked as an assistant principal in Greece Central School District, NY, before returning to State College with his family to direct the Science-U program.  He has both teaching certifications and K-12 Principal certifications in NY and PA. 

Mike Zeman has presented talks on leadership and science education at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Michael ZemanExcellence Student Leadership Conference as well as the National Science Teachers Association Conference (2012), and currently serves on the College of Science Retention Committee and the University Task Force on Service Learning and Student Engagement.

In addition to teaching, Zeman also coached both Boy’s and Girl’s varsity volleyball programs for six years to New York State runners-up (Boys) and County Division champs (Girls), and was voted Monroe County Class A Coach of the Year in 2002.  He also played volleyball for the Men’s Volleyball team at Penn State. Zeman is an accomplished personal trainer, enjoys the beauty and solitude of a decent hike in the mountains, dabbles in photography, plays the piano, and has a passion for the arts, music, and sciences. Mr. Zeman is determined to make this camp experience a great one! In addition to his own experiences, he has worked with Penn State faculty in Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Astronomy, Math, Statistics, Biochemistry and Biology to make the Leadership camp a dynamic, memorable, and relevant experience for all who attend.

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