ComputerTeens Program for Outstanding High School Students Part of FDU Summer Scholars Program

Teaneck, NJ (February 24, 2009) - Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus announces its Summer Scholar’s “ComputerTeens” program for outstanding high school sophomores, juniors and seniors wishing to get a head start on their college educations. As an FDU summer scholar and participant in the ComputerTeens Program, participants will get a sneak preview of college life and learning at FDU.

“ComputerTeens” is an exciting way for students to discover how computers are changing our world. The program will run from July 20 -August 7, 2009.

The following courses each carry three credits and will meet from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

“Computers, Crime and Forensics: Today’s Criminal Investigation” taught by Dr. Eamon Doherty, will give students a first-hand account of the step-by-step problems and procedures of a criminal investigation of crimes ranging from fraud to homicide. Students will hear experts in the fields of computer crimes, crime-scene processing and criminal investigations talk about real investigative tactics. Dr. Doherty is an associate professor and directs the university’s cyber crime laboratory.

Yelena Aronson will teach “Interactive Media and Game Design - Multimedia for the Internet” and will guide students through the fundamentals of interactive design for the Web and stand-alone CD applications using Adobe PhotoShop and Flash. Students will use animation elements to design landscapes and scenery and develop their concepts for a computer game, animated tale or other theme. Students are encouraged to bring their own digital images. Aronson is an associate professor of computer graphics and teaches graphic design, digital art, interactive media and game design.

“GlobalTeens - The Global Challenge” will give students knowledge of tools for confronting issues faced by people living in an increasingly interdependent and interconnected world.  Linda Elfers-Mabli will lead students through challenges to humankind, such as those raised by environmental degradation, modern warfare and deadly infectious diseases. Through access to sources on the Internet, students will learn how to evaluate and integrate information. Elfers-Mabli is a senior lecturer of English and an online course designer.

A one-credit course, “Crime Mapping with GIS,” will be taught from July 20-24, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Joan Leder will show students how computerized mapping software revolutionized crime analysis. The course will search for hot spots of crime while using data tables, queries and visual display. Students will create maps that illustrate where to find resources and where crime rate is high. Leder is the developer of the ComputerTeens program, teaches computer technology and is on several Geographic Information Systems committees.

Interested students should have a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average and applications must be accompanied by a high-school transcript, standardized test scores (if available) and a letter of reference from a teacher or school official. The priority application deadline is April 15 ($40 Application fee is waived) and regular application deadline is June 15 (Please include $40 application fee). Classes are limited to 20 students in order to guarantee personal attention from FDU faculty.

The program cost is $1,500 for one 3-credit course (special program-tuition rate). A one credit course is $500. Tuition includes access to the University’s computer network. There is an afternoon component that includes trips, activities and lunch. The fee for the afternoon component is $150 per week.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Summer Scholars program website at, contact us by email at or call the Summer Scholar’s Program Office at 1-800-338-3887. The program can also be reached by writing to: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Summer Scholars Program, 1000 River Road, H-DH1-02, Teaneck, NJ 07666.

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