Frequently Asked Questions

When is the program offered?

During the 3rd summer session of the University of Louisvilles summer teaching calendar. Typically the first week of July through the first week of August. It is a day program only and we do not provide transportation for the participants.


Where do the students meet?

One the Belknap Campus at the University of Louisville. Students may have a base in the Department of Pan-African Studies, but will have workshops and class meetings at a variety of locations throughout their time in the program. They will also work closely with the Writing Center and their faculty mentor throughout the summer as well.


How competitive is this program?

We only select up to ten African American high school studentsall rising juniors, with up to five (5) additional slots reserved for advanced students participating in the Whitney Young Scholars Program of the Lincoln Foundation.  Students receive a stipend to defray the costs of food, transportation, etc.


Nomination and recommendations from local schools and community organizations.  Emphasis on students with average to above-average records, but strong potential.


What can I expect to do on a daily basis?

During the summer phase of the program, students attend classes focusing on research methods, writing and presentation skills development, and college readiness.  Students will also spend some time working with the Writing Center staff and their faculty mentor on the construction of their research papers. They will have library and research time in which they will actively engage in the research process (literature searches and reviews, experiments, etc.). They will also conduct mock presentations of their research prior to the Closing Ceremony. In the Closing Ceremony, students present their research to which their parents, University faculty and administrators are invited.


Who would I work with on my research project?

Traditionally, College of Arts and Sciences faculty whose areas of expertise match the areas of interest indicated by students.  Participating faculty members will also receive an honorarium for each student under their supervision and may work with as many as two students.


Who should I contact for more information?

Dr. Tomarra A. Adams, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences serves as Program Director. You may contact her at 502-852-3123 or