Summer at UTD was a lot like the rest of the year, only hotter. Classes were taught, faculty and students conducted research, visiting scholars lectured on new discoveries and the Callier Center continued to help patients. However, as it did elsewhere, summer also provided the opportunity for some of us to go to camp. Yes, the camps at the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences may have been a little different from those with tents and canoes, but we think they were just as fun and educational.
One of these efforts enabled middle and high school students to work in laboratories for the summer and learn about the intriguing world of science. These students worked under the mentorship of BBS researchers and alongside UTD undergraduate and graduate students conducting experiments. A few of these young scientists might end up with their name on a research paper, but they all ended up with an appreciation for experimentation and gained a foot in the door into college.
Other camps provided opportunities for our clinicians-in-training to spend extended time working on language development or speech skills with children who have cochlear implants or speech problems. The cochlear implant camp completed its 19th year and was the largest such gathering in the country. As at other camps, participants sang songs, completed craft projects and played games as the children and Callier Center students improved their skills.
The Buhrmester Summer Scholars conducted research projects under the supervision of faculty mentors and were recognized at a lunch in their honor. The students received support through gifts to the Buhrmester Student Development Fund honoring former Associate Dean Duane Buhrmester and his wife Linda, who died in 2010.
Camps like these occurred across the University with each school adding its own special touch; from programs exposing at-risk children living in homeless shelters to college life, to computer gaming camp, to chess camp.
So as the University goes back to our usual business of fall classes and cooler weather, let's let the lingering air of a summer full of discovery carry us until our next chance for camp.