With summer in full swing, dont look for things to slow down at West Virginia University anytime soon.

Summer Session B began Monday (July 3) and continues through Friday, Aug. 11.

Other campus offerings consist of academic enrichment programs, sports camps for youth, research opportunities for college students and a workshop for writers.

Ongoing programs include the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience , which continues through July 31.

Whether students want to become a crime scene investigator or an engineer at NASA , SURE brings them one step closer to their career goals. Students receive real-world research experience and opportunities to present their findings as well as a $3,500 stipend.

Faculty from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences; Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences; and College of Engineering and Mineral Resources serve as mentors.

Often students have not had much, if any, hands-on work, and it broadens their experience,said John Kuhlman, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.It is good preparation for their careers.

Junior Tristan Wolfe, who is working with Kuhlman, is helping to design an experiment that will be flown aboard the NASA Weightless Wondermicrogravity research aircraft at the Johnson Space Center in Houston next month.

On the Net:http://www.honors.wvu.edu/sure/

Creating brighter futures for students is what the National Youth Sports Program is all about.

In its 19th year at the University, NYSP allows disadvantaged youth ages 10-16 to enjoy a fulfilling and healthy summerat no expense.

This isnt just a sports camp,noted Bruce Wilmoth, a physical education professor who has coordinated the camp since the beginning.We promote physical fitness and good sportsmanship, but we also talk about study habits and self-esteem.

The program, which continues through July 25, traditionally includes two hours of daily physical activity. Kids not only benefit from swimming and other exercise, but those enrolled are also exposed to drug and alcohol awareness education, academic counseling, and health and nutrition counseling.

For more information, go tohttp://www.nyscorp.org/nysp/home.html.

How many students does it take to build an amusement park?

Thats the challenge when the Governors School returns to WVU , mixing fun with math and science.

The WVU Honors College offers two campus sessions: July 5-14 for risingeighth-graders and July 16-28 for rising ninth-graders.

With this years amusement park theme, students will explore the elements of math and physics necessary for designing rides, learn principles of food safety, design a

plan to move people through lines efficiently and study the environmental impact of a large park, said Keith Garbutt, dean of the Honors College.

Like traditional summer camps, there is plenty of time scheduled for fun. Participants will live at Stalnaker Hall, and evenings are devoted to recreational activities at the Student Recreation Center and Mountainlair.

Other activities include a Quiz Bowl, field trips to the Carnegie Science Center and Kennywood, cookouts and games involving science. For example, students will race vinegar and baking soda cars and build newspaper bridges.

To learn more, go tohttp://www.wvgovschools.org/gsms_home.htm.

Young scientists will also flock to the Health Sciences and Technology Academy Summer Institute July 9-14 at WVU .

Geared for students in grades nine through 12 from low-income and rural communities, HSTA uses a hands-on approach to improve science, math and leadership skills in one-week campus-based programs.

Teachers from area secondary schools are again joining forces with college faculty from across West Virginia for laboratory and classroom training and activities. The partnership also provides support for community-based science projects mentored by teachers, health professions, students and volunteer community leaders during the school year.

Summer HSTA sessions at WVU , Marshall University and West Virginia State University include themes such as biomedical, senior transition, fun with science and forensics.

On the Net:http://www.wv-hsta.org/

From July 13-16, WVU is hosting College Summit , a national program aimed at helping high school students obtain the tools they need to pursue a college education.

Started in 1993, the summit has been featured in President Bushs Education Department Report on College Access Innovations.

For one week, area high school seniors will learn the nuts and bolts of the college admissions process, including how to apply for financial aid and scholarships, select a school and write an effective essay.

For more details about College Summit, go tohttp://www.collegesummit.org/.

New to WVU ?

Incoming freshmen who attend the Seamless Transition Program July 9-29 will get a jump-start on college credits, learn good study habits, meet fellow students, get better acquainted with the WVU campus and begin the important transition from high school to college.

Part of the first-year experience, the program is coordinated by the Honors College and offers a sampling of campus life. Students will be housed in Stalnaker Hall (commuting students are also welcome), where they will receive support from resident assistants who will double as live-in tutors.

Participants will enjoy small classes (25 students or less) and earn up to six credit hours in less than three weeks.

For more information, go tohttp://www.honors.wvu.edu/STP/.

And finally, writersnovices and experts alikeare putting their pen to paper for the popular West Virginia WritersWorkshop set for July 20-23 on the downtown campus.

Featuring nationally respected authors alongside many of the regions best known writers, this years faculty includes several English professors from WVU . Participants will be treated to a full slate of poetry, fiction and nonfiction readings in addition to lectures, panel discussions, one-on-one conferences and informal gatherings.

A special program for West Virginia high school students will involve three days of workshops with graduate students in WVU s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, creative readings and one-on-one tutorials.

The workshop is sponsored by the Department of English in the Eberly College. To find out more, log ontohttp://www.as.wvu.edu/wvww/.

For more summer happenings at theU,go tohttp://www.wvu.edu/summer/.