2021 Summer Enrichment Opportunities


Students are invited to participate in the several enrichment seminars this summer. Read more about each opportunity and register below.

June 14-18 | STEM Camp  | Civil War Battlefields Tour 
June 21-25 | BioDiversity at Patapsco State Park | Model United Nations
June 28-July 2 | Genetics and Genomics 
July 12-16 | National History Day
July 19-23 | Fire Protection Engineering 


List of 7 items.

  • STEM Camp

    June 14-18, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Open to rising sophomores and juniors.
    Cost: $150.00 
    MSJ STEM Camp is a five-day experience that emphasizes fun and learning and will challenge students to exercise their creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they explore topics in physical and environmental sciences, biotechnology, engineering and applied mathematics through a variety of hands-on activities, laboratory investigations and contests, including but not limited to:   
    • Genetic Engineering 
    • Polymer Science 
    • Trajectory and Gravity 
    • Nuclear Waste Disposal 
    • Cryptology 
    • Coding and Maker Space 
    • Model Roller Coaster Construction 
  • Civil War Battlefields Tour

    June 14-18, Times will vary according daily travel; TBD.
    Open to rising seniors first priority; eligible to more participants if spaces remain available.
    Cost: $200
    The American Civil War’s significance is still a prominent aspect of our culture as a nation.  Recognizing the historic and cultural importance of those events and places from the 1860’s and our proximity to them living in Maryland offers us a unique ability to study their impacts on us today.  Physically walking on these locations and discussing the events of those battles will be the focus of the day.  Making connections between the events of the Civil War and where we are as a country today, regarding memorials, statues and the preservation of the factual historical narratives will also be incorporated into the program.  

    Proposed Battlefield locations may include (final itineraries to be determined):
    • Antietam
    • Gettysburg
    • Manassas
    • Chancellorsville
    • Spotsylvania
    • Fredericksburg 
    School minibus transportation will be provided.
  • Biodiversity at Patapsco State Park

    June 21-25, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 pm  
    Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors 
    Cost: $150.00  

    Students will be introduced to various community ecology topics in a course divided into field work at Patapsco Valley State Park, laboratory work on MSJ’s campus, and classroom discussion and analysis.  By surveying tributaries of the Patapsco River according to Maryland Biology Stream Survey (MBSS) protocols, students will learn to assess water quality, stream bank erosion, identify macroinvertebrates, distinguish between native and invasive plants, and learn about issues facing the Chesapeake Bay watershed and how Maryland monitors the health of its water resources.  In addition, students will learn how stream restoration protocols and other interventions help reduce sediment load and improve water quality.  
  • Research Experience: Microbiology, Genetics & Evolution

    June 28-July 2, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Open to rising juniors and seniors. 
    Cost: $150.00 

    For years, bacterial threats were countered by antibiotic “superdrugs” with the power to counter nearly any infection. Today, ‘superbugs’ with developed immunity to our commonly used antibiotics threaten everyday practices in medicine, agriculture, and beyond. In this summer research experience, students will explore the challenges facing scientists attempting to counter antibiotic resistance. They will observe the evolution of antibiotic resistance in the laboratory, and challenge bacteria with environmental stimuli to modify mutation rates. Students will also isolate bacteria from water and soil samples on the Mount Saint Joseph campus and local community and test these bacteria for antibiotic resistances.  Students will be challenged to engage in a primary research experience, developing and testing their own hypotheses with fundamental experiments utilizing skills, tools and techniques including maintaining a modern lab notebook, sterile technique, bacterial isolation and culturing, Gram staining and microscopy, bacterial classification, bacterial transformation with antibiotic resistance plasmid, PCR gene amplification, and bioinformatics/sequence analysis (using data sets from pre-existing projects). 
  • Fire Protection Engineering

    July 19-23, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    Open to rising juniors and seniors. 
    Cost: $150.00 
    Students will learn basic fire protection engineering principles. Students will begin with an overview of fire phenomena and learn about concepts including material flammability, compartmentation, ventilation, suppression, and detection. Once the foundation is established, students will work in teams to design a small-scale structure with fire detection and suppression systems designs. In this way, students will gain experience in creative design and construction while applying fire protection engineering fundamentals. The week culminates in a controlled burn test of the students’ structures (at facilities at the University of Maryland, College Park, if available).

    Sponsored by UMD College Park. Corporate partner: LS Systems 
  • Model United Nations

    June 21-25, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
    Open to rising 6th-12th graders.
    Cost: $100

    The MUN seminar will cover research, writing, parliamentary procedure, interpersonal communication skills, and public speaking. Students will take part in at least two Model UN conference simulations. The seminar will be tailored to accommodate all experience levels.

    This program will be run in a hybrid model – students can opt to participate on campus or to do so in real-time virtually from home along with the on-campus students.
  • National History Day

    July 12-16, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
    Open to rising 6th-12th graders.
    Cost: $100

    This NHD seminar will allow students of all experience levels to get a jump start on their NHD projects for the fall. The program will start with an examination of the yearly NHD theme and the possibilities that it presents for project topics.  Participants will also learn how to develop a thesis, conduct historical research, compose an annotated bibliography and select an effective project format.

    This program will be run in a hybrid model – students can opt to participate on campus or to do so in real-time virtually from home along with the on-campus students. 


Mount Saint Joseph High School

Mount Saint Joseph is a Catholic, college preparatory school for young men sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers.