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NEWS | Feb. 3, 2014

Naval Academy Summer Seminar Program seeks student applicants

By Lt. Teng Ooi, Ph.D, U.S. Naval Academy and Capt. Linda Beltra, MD, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy

Every year, the United States Naval Academy's 2014 Summer Seminar Program invites a select group of young men and women to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar. This fast-paced, six-day experience is designed to introduce the Naval Academy to rising high school seniors.

At the core of the NASS is the academic program involving 90-minute workshops designed to promote problem-solving skills using critical thinking, optimization, innovation, creativity and team work. Students choose eight workshops from a wide range of subjects to include: Information Technology, Naval Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Aerospace Flight Testing, Systems Engineering, Microcomputer Design, Ethics and Character Development, Oceanography, Mathematics, History, Meteorology, Literature, Chemistry, Political Science, Language Studies, Martial Arts and Economics. Students participate in project-based modules applying hands-on, real-world approaches to solving design and analysis problems utilizing the Naval Academy's world-class laboratory facilities. These facilities provide a unique learning environment outside the traditional classroom.

The NASS teaches prospective applicants about the life of midshipmen at the Naval Academy, where academics, athletics and professional training are key elements in developing our nation's leaders. Students live in the dormitory, eat in the dining hall and participate in academic and leadership workshops. They also participate in daily physical training including group runs and conditioning exercises. Seamanship and navigation classes culminate in a cruise aboard a Navy Yard Patrol Craft. The program helps educate, motivate and prepare selected students who are considering application for appointment to the Naval Academy.

If you think that you may be interested in pursuing an appointment to the Naval Academy and serving your country as an officer, consider attending the Naval Academy's 2014 Summer Seminar.

The application process opens Jan. 16, 2014, at www.usna.edu/admissions/nass. Session dates include May 31-June 5, June 7-12 and June 14-19.