Summer 2019 Fellowship Themes

Fellows apply to one of the following themes.

Practical psychology


Practical Psychology pulls together the most useful concepts from across psychology, behavioral economics, and evolutionary biology. Because the more we understand how we and others operate—how we learn, how we decide, what motivates us—the more we can become authors of our own lives. We’ll use our fellowship time to engage in simulations and discussions, as well as hear from guest speakers. The concepts covered in this class are distinct from those in AP Psychology and the orientation is toward using them in your own life, not memorizing them.

Science & Society


In a short period of time, science has rapidly advanced our understanding of the world and our standard of living in it. With a wider aperture, this class gives students the space to explore issues that are bigger than any one branch of science. In doing so, students have opportunities to find an issue, problem, or idea that they connect with that they can study or work on in college and beyond. Topics covered will range from the ethical implications of advances in genetics and medicine to whether we should be more focused on getting off of earth or surviving on it. We’ll use our fellowship time to engage in debates and discussions, as well as hear from guest speakers.

analytics for Problem solving


In summer 2018, our Excel 101 was our highest rated skills labs—fellows loved learning how to use Excel. We’re excited to expand it into a full fellowship this summer where fellows will learn to use Excel to make meaning of spreadsheets and model solutions to problems. Most adult math is not one right answer math done with a pencil. It’s range of reasonable answer math done with the use of tool. Whether you think you’ll study biology or work in business, this class will give you a practical grounding in how to make math matter.

storytelling & Narrative

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Story is a tool for persuading, for participating, and for problem solving. It is a powerful way we learn, influence and are influenced—we are, quite literally, wired for story. In this fellowship, students will learn about narrative—what makes them good or bad, how to make them better, and how the medium shapes the message (what makes for good TV vs. good listening vs. good reading). We’ll use our fellowship time to introduce concepts, to workshop material, and to hear from guest speakers, including members of the Washington press corps.