Institute Sponsors Summer Programs

The Truman Institute is nearing the end of another successful year of summer programing targeted to pre-college students.

Among the most well-known programs the Institute oversees is the Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars (JBA). In two sessions throughout June and July, JBA provides a three-week, college-like experience for gifted middle school students. This summer, 21 professors, with the help of eight staff members and about 25-30 student preceptors each session, provided 414 students with more than 100 hours of instruction. The students’ study is supplemented by a range of organized activities designed to stimulate the mind and promote social growth. For more information, visit

The Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health, or S.T.A.P.H., is one of the newer programs, with 2012 marking the second-annual installment. In July, 42 students enrolled in 10th or 11th grade were provided one-week of intensive exposure to careers in health professions. Faculty from Truman and A.T. Still University provided a problem-based curriculum for this year’s theme “The Mind-Body Connection,” which emphasized the relationship between the human mind and the body’s various systems. Participating students had the option of earning undergraduate credit for their participation in the program. Details of the program can be found online at

In addition to hosting programs, the Truman Institute plays a supervisory role with other summer programs. This year’s programs included the Fellowship of Christian Athletes football camp, the Lafayette High School band camp and various activities for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.

The Truman Institute is an office dedicated to the promotion of new learning experiences that extend beyond the traditional borders of the University. It serves pre-college learners in K-12 programs; adult learners seeking professional development and continuing education; and retirees seeking personal enrichment. Further information about the Truman Institute is available at