Immersive, Collaborative Classes for Outstanding Students

Students select one curricular option for an in depth examination of a specific subject area. Classes meet over five consecutive Saturdays, from 10:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:10 to 4:00 p.m. each day. Courses are open to students currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 of high school.

Cell and Molecular Biology of Medicine

At the core of most modern medical treatments is an understanding of how cells and biological molecules work. In this course we examine the functioning of medications such as antibiotics, antiviral drugs, chemotherapy, and psychiatric drugs. We also look at the molecular biology and treatment of conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and auto-immune disorders such as lupus.

Class time is devoted to interactive lectures and in-class assignments designed to help students understand the connections between science and medical treatments. Outside of class, participants are expected to read articles from primary academic/professional sources and to write a number of short essays exploring how various modern medical treatments work on a cellular and molecular level.

Prerequisites: One year of high school biology and one year of high school chemistry.

Frank Ciulla holds a B.A. with honors in chemistry from Oberlin College and an M.A. in molecular biology from Columbia University. He did research at Harvard Medical School, where he located and sequenced hormone genes, and Columbia University, where he studied gene regulation in bacteria and cancer-causing viruses. Ciulla has been a faculty member at The Collegiate School, Regis High School, and New York University. He has taught Pre-Engineering Physics and Advanced Science Topics at Columbia. Ciulla is the president and owner of Hudson Educational Services, where he tutors students in all levels of math and science, and he writes textbooks for online publication.

Bovey Rao is a Ph.D. student in neurobiology and behavior at Columbia University; he aims to explore the relationship of systems neuroscience and psychiatric illness. Bovey graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a BA in molecular and cellular biology and a secondary in computer science. His research at Harvard focused on deficits within endothelial tissue during the disease progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Bovey has tutored and supervised students in numerous subjects since high school.

Introduction to Corporate Finance

This introductory-level course is intended for students who have an interest in learning more about how corporations make business decisions and fund those decisions. The aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of both sound theoretical principles of finance and practical tools of financial decision-making.

The course provides a brief introduction to the fundamentals of finance, emphasizing their application to a wide variety of real-world situations in corporate decision-making and financial intermediation. Key concepts and applications include the time value of money, risk-return tradeoff, cost of capital, interest rates, discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis, net present value, internal rate of return, hurdle rate, and payback period.

Participants are required to bring laptops equipped with Microsoft Excel for this class.

Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.

Teacher: Raheem Haji

Raheem Haji holds an MBA in finance and economics from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in economics/mathematics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Raheem is also a Canadian Chartered Accountant (CPA). He is currently a Director of Business Development and Corporate Strategy at Wolters Kluwer, a global information services and publishing company, focusing his efforts on mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, and international expansion for the one billion dollar Health Division. For much of his career, Raheem has focused on management consultancy in the financial sector in North America and in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe, South Asia, Central Asia, South America and the Caribbean, and Africa. He has served as a teaching assistant for Corporate Finance at Columbia Business School and as a course instructor for International Accounting at the Mauritius Financial Services Commission. Aside from his professional endeavors, Raheem serves on the board of directors of the New York State Special Olympics Organization and the Aga Khan Council for the Northeastern United States.

Specific course details such as hours and instructors are subject to change at the discretion of the University.