Summer 2018 Courses

Maymester Courses

 

ENEC 490H | Colorado River Headwater Basin Hydrology

Instructor: Amy Ellwein (RMBL). Enrollment=20.

The Colorado River is a major water source and economic engine for seven Western states with 90 percent of its water originating from the snow-dominated upper watersheds in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The watersheds of the Rocky Mountains, like most snow-dominated headwaters around the world, are considered especially vulnerable to climate change. Quantifying the timing, intensity, and duration of water inputs and outputs within snow-dominated watersheds is critical to understanding and predicting water delivery to streams as well as biogeochemical processes that control nonlinear riverine solute fluxes.

This short course is offered through the Rocky Mountain Biologic Laboratory (RMBL) to provide an overview of watershed hydrology to undergraduate students. Students will learn fundamental concepts by exposure to a variety of instructors, in-situ field experiments, instrument and sampling techniques, and modeling approaches.

Participation in on-site demonstrations and data collection is the primary component of this course. It will require rigorous physical activity at elevations over 9,000 feet above sea level and in potentially adverse weather conditions that are typical of the Colorado Rocky Mountains in May. Students are expected to be prepared with proper clothing, a sleeping bag, and provisions for field activity. A list of required and suggested gear will be provided after students register for the course.

Students enrolled in this course will pay a program fee of $1,600 directly to Honors Carolina. The fee will cover the cost of airport transfers, lodging, and meals. It will not cover airfare. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Students should click here to provide a brief statement of interest.

 

HNRS 350 | Startup Bootcamp: From Idea to Actionable Business Plan

M-F, 9:00-12:15. Instructor: Kurt Schmidt. Enrollment=20.

This class will bring out your inner startup ninja. Over the course of three weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to create an idea for a startup and transform it into an actionable business plan. Specially designed for non-business majors, Startup Bootcamp welcomes all students and aspiring entrepreneurs with a hunger to learn.

Students will utilize a business plan creation model to develop the foundational skills to get a startup idea off the ground. This class will meet at UNC’s 1789 Venture Lab, where you will collaborate and ideate with other first-time entrepreneurs in a purpose-built startup environment. Students majoring or minoring in business are not eligible.

Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Students should click here to provide a brief statement of interest.

The class will be taught by Kurt Schmidt, a serial entrepreneur, investor, board member, and advisor to startups from Silicon Valley to Shanghai and Sydney. Mr. Schmidt regularly attends Y Combinator and 500 Startupsinvestment pitches and other investor events. He has his finger on the pulse of the global startup community and will share with you his insight and experience.

 

HNRS 353 | Silicon Revolution

M-F, 9:00-12:15. Instructor: Jim Leloudis. Enrollment=15.

Silicon Valley is celebrated as a global capital of high-tech innovation and transformative economic development. Business leaders and politicians in other regions have attempted to reproduce that accomplishment, almost always with limited success. Why has the task been so difficult? What magic combination of institutions, public policy, people, and geography transformed the lettuce fields of Santa Clara County into the epicenter of a new knowledge economy? And what lessons can Silicon Valley teach us about the roles that government, universities, and private capital might play in inventing the future? These are the questions this course sets out to explore. We’ll use the first week of class to immerse ourselves in the history of Silicon Valley. Then we’ll spend a week in San Francisco and Palo Alto, where we’ll visit with UNC alumni working in small start-ups, technology giants such as Google and Cisco, and a number of venture capital and private equity firms. When we return to Chapel Hill, we’ll use our last week to take the measure of what we’ve learned and to connect lessons from Silicon Valley to the challenges of economic development in North Carolina.

In addition to Summer School tuition, students will pay a program fee of $1,500 directly to Honors Carolina. The fee will cover the cost of airport transfers, lodging at the Cardinal Hotel in downtown Palo Alto, and lunch and evening meals. It will not cover airfare, the cost of other meals, or incidental personal expenses. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Students should click here to provide a brief statement of interest.