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College Preparatory Program
President's Academy

August 3-5, 2020

A college preparatory program designed specifically for high-ability high school students to discover the science behind a pandemic

The President’s Academy is a three-day college preparatory program held on the ULM campus designed to look at the science and law of pandemics. The academy simulates the outbreak of a pandemic and divides participants into teams of specialists that attempt to identify the problem, to develop a drug that can treat the disease, to create technology that can assist your team and control the flow of information, and to try a case that protects the legal rights of individuals.

Participants work in science laboratories, computer/virtual reality laboratories, and courtrooms with university faculty. This camp prepares students for a future major, offers a glimpse into future careers, and equips scholars with the soft skills to flourish in a competitive job market and global economy.

An Academy like no other...

The President’s Academy allows participants to major in one of four areas:students in pharmacy lab

Computer Science

Develop innovative technology in the Thomas J. Nicholson Virtual Reality Lab. See how technology changes the way we live, responds to crises, and conducts search and rescue operations, atmospheric science research, agriculture management, and 3-D mapping via our drone program activities.

Health Science

Find out what it takes to make it in the medical profession and see how medical professionals work together to treat different diseases; then try it yourself as you learn from faculty in the Kitty Degree School of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, and the School of Sciences.


Learn and argue the law as you try a case in the E. Orum Young Courtroom with the award-winning ULM Mock Trial team and local attorneys.

Physical Science

Work with faculty from the School of Sciences and learn how drugs are synthesized, developed, and tested for purity in state-of-the-art analytical laboratories.


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Who can apply?

Participation is limited to 65 academically motivated high school students who have the aptitude to participate in challenging and intensive real-life scenarios.

Applicants must meet the following:

• Minimum ACT 24 or 3.5 GPA

• Incoming Freshman, Sophomores,
  Juniors and Seniors in Fall 2020

The completion of online applications is due July 13.



Academy Fee

Support from the university and Interim President Edwin Litolff have allowed us to offer the academy for a reduced fee of $200 per student.

Academy fees may be paid online or by check. If paying by check, please send a $200 check made payable to the order of "The University of Louisiana Monroe" with the memo of "Presidents Academy" and mail to Dr. Joshua Stockley, Director, ULM President's Academy, at 700 University Avenue, Monroe LA 71209.

Online Payment

If you are selected, then you will be notified by July 14 and will receive the scholarship rate of $200 due by July 20.



Support the Academy, Sponsor a Student

Help ULM extend this opportunity to academically motivated high school students. If you want to designate a gift of $200 or more to fully scholarship a high-ability but low-opportunity student, then we can recognize you or your organization as a "Student Sponsor for the President's Academy." Support the President's Academy by making your gift today. Any gift amount you are donating today will bring value to all future student participants.