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Ohio Wesleyan to Host High School Science ‘SLEUTHS’
University Earns State Funding to Support Summer Honors Institute

June 10, 2009

DELAWARE, OH – Forty-nine Ohio high school students will hone their detective skills when they spend a week living on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus from June 21-26 during the SLEUTHS Summer Honors Institute residential camp.

While here, the gifted and talented 9th- and 10th-graders will enroll in physics, mathematics, chemistry, and biology classes. In these hand-on courses, they will examine such concepts as:

  • Solving crimes using elements of heat to determine time of death.
  • Using gas chromatography to identify accelerants used in suspicious fires.
  • Exploring the role of insects in forensic science.
  • Simulating radioactive decay using 1,000 dice.
  • Learning about ballistics and their relationship to firearms.

To support this year’s SLEUTHS program, Ohio Wesleyan has been awarded a $36,000 Ohio Summer Honors Institute grant from the Ohio Department of Education. This is the university’s first such award.

The SLEUTHS program, active at Ohio Wesleyan since 1995, is designed to expand the scientific horizons of each high school student, while providing students with a stronger perspective of their future career options. To be eligible to attend the program, students must qualify as “gifted” under state guidelines. Registration is completed in April on a first-come, first-served basis. More than half of SLEUTH camp members this year are from Franklin and Delaware counties. To learn more about the SLEUTHS camp, visit sleuths.owu.edu.

Statewide, 18 Ohio colleges and universities were selected to receive Ohio Summer Honors Institute grants. More information about the honors program is available on the Ohio Department of Education Web site at education.ohio.gov.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.