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Hofstra Regional Scholars Program

The Regional Scholars Program – which joins the resources of Hofstra University's Office of University Relations, various academic departments and New York metropolitan school districts – offers talented middle school and high school students the opportunity to explore new academic interests with scholars and college students as mentors, to spend a day or two on a college campus, and to gain an understanding of what collegiate-level work entails.

Most programs are free and open to local high school classes or students under the direction and supervision of the local school faculty and staff. Please reach out to Johanna Farrell at (516) 463-8809 or Johanna.Farrell[at]hofstra.edu, or the Office of University Relations at 516-463-6818 with any questions or suggestions you may have.

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  • The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication

    High School Student Press Day

    High School Student Press Day, sponsored by the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, brings hundreds of high school students to campus to explore journalism and media careers through presentations led by working professionals from major broadcast, print, and digital outlets across Long Island and New York City including The New York Times, Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, ESPN.com, WCBS Radio, and News 12. In recent years, keynote talks and panel discussions have addressed topics such as how social media has changed news coverage, news literacy and a free press, and covering the 2016 presidential race, while workshops have given students an in-depth look at fields such as investigative reporting, sports writing, photojournalism, public relations, and online journalism.

    The event is usually held in early December each year. Hofstra Journalism Professor Peter Goodman directs the program, with planning support from University Relations. For more information, contact Professor Goodman at peter.goodman@hofstra.edu.

    Youth Film Day

    Youth Film Day is a free program designed for emerging filmmakers in grades 7-12. Produced by Hofstra University and the Gold Coast International Film Festival, student filmmakers are invited to participate in a day full of film activities, panels, workshops, and special giveaways on February 29, 2020.

    Find out more about the program and how to register
    Youth Film Day Photos

  • The Arts
    High School Honors Dance Workshop

    Dance for the Day

    November 14, 2018 Dance Symposium
    November 28, 2018 Final American College Dance Association student choreography concert
    April 3, 2019 Dance Symposium

    Hofstra's Dance Program gives high school dance students and their teachers the opportunity to spend the day with the Hofstra dance faculty and majors. Each Dance for the Day includes a full day of events, which includes taking a dance class with a Hofstra faculty member, observing a dance major class, seeing a student performance, and speaking to faculty and Hofstra students about dance and dance education at Hofstra and in higher education. Each day begins at 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 2 p.m. For more information reach out to the Hofstra Department of Dance at (516) 463-5444.

    Dancers in Schools:  Hofstra dance and dance education majors, along with faculty member Jean Benincasa, create a lecture-performance and workshop designed to tour K-12 schools during the months of April and May. The program provides children with an engaging dance experience that aligns with their curriculum. The presentation runs for approximately one hour, depending on the school’s schedule.  For more information reach out to the Hofstra Department of Dance at (516) 463-5444.

    Middle School Honors Band

    High School Shakespeare Program

      • High School Matinee Performance of Richard III

        March 4 and 5, 2019 @ 10:30am

        Attending a student matinee includes FREE authoritative and informative study guides.  Unlimited Student Matinee tickets at only $2.00 each, Teachers attend FREE.  Call the Drama Department at (516) 463-5444.

    • High-School Shakespeare Days at Hofstra:

      March 7 and 8, 2019

      Students arrive at 9 a.m. and spend the day at Hofstra where they may take a workshop with our faculty and students, attend a special performance of the high-school touring show and compete in the scene or design competition. Call the Drama Department at (516) 463-5444.
  • Science and Math

    The Ethics Bowl 2020

    The 2020 Ethics Bowl will be held on February 1, 2020.
    The Ethics Bowl is a competitive yet collaborative event in which students analyze and discuss real-life, and timely, ethical issues. An ethics bowl differs from debate in that students are not assigned opposing views; rather, they defend whatever position they believe is right and win by showing that they have thought more carefully, deeply, and perceptively about the cases in question. Experience shows that the event encourages and promotes ethical awareness, critical thinking skills, civil discourse, civic engagement, and an appreciation for diverse points of view. To learn more about the program visit the Ethics Bowl website.

    Summer Science Research

    Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program (HUSSRP) offers high school students opportunities in science research under the guidance of professionals in science and mathematics. For 10 years, HUSSRP has provided selected research-oriented high school students the opportunity to work with our science faculty during the summer in an on-campus research program. The program runs from July through August, culminating in a science "poster session" in early fall where students display the work they performed during the summer. For more information, visit the Summer Science Research site.

    Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair
    Final Round at Hofstra: April 12, 2019

    Hofstra University is home to the final rounds (in April each year) of the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair. The Math Fair gives students the opportunity to develop "math power:" by investigating a project for months, developing their own ideas about the topic and presenting their results orally. The Math Fair is significantly different from many other math experiences, such as Mathletes. Call the Math Department at 516-463-5570.

  • Government & Civic Engagement
    Model UN

    Model UN

    The 2020 Hofstra Model United Nation's Conference will be held on February 28 – March 1, 2020. Hofstra's first Model United Nations Conference was in March 2012, and has continued to be run by senior Hofstra political science students and Hofstra faculty.  Groups of high school students (Model UN clubs or junior or senior classes from regional high schools) are invited to participate.  For more information, visit hofstra.edu/modelun.

    History Day
    Long Island history Day: Sunday, March 29, 2020

    National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. Winners from the Hofstra competition, which serves as the Long Island region’s History Day, may go on to the New York State and the National History Day competition in Maryland. For more information, visit the History Day website or call Hofstra's Department of University Relations at (516) 463-6818.

  • Frank G. Zarb School of Business
    Women’s Ladder to Leadership Tea

    Ladder to Leadership Program

    Hofstra’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business is proud to partner with Uniondale High School for Ladder to Leadership: Nurturing the Next Generation of Women Business Leaders. The program, funded by Flushing Bank, brings together members of Zarb's Graduate Women in Business student organization with young women at Uniondale High School. For more information visit the program's website.

    Capital One Entrepreneurship Challenge Presentations

    Capital One Entrepreneurship Challenge

    The Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Capital One Bank and Uniondale High School are partners in The Capital One Campus Entrepreneurship Challenge at Hofstra University. The program pairs undergraduate students from the Zarb School's business venture course and "junior associates" from Uniondale High School's Business Club.  Three teams are given seed capital to develop, launch, run, and grow a business over the course of an academic year. At the end of the academic year, the teams present their business ventures to their peers and a team of judges consisting of representatives from Capital One Bank and Zarb School faculty members. Their "annual reports" and factors such as profitability, the number of people affected and the nature of the venture are evaluated to determine a winner. For more information visit the competition website.

    Capital One Money & Me Breakfast

    Capital One Money & Me Program

    Taught by Hofstra business and education students, the program was launched in several Long Island school districts in the fall of 2011, and has served more than 1,700 fourth-and fifth-graders so far. The curriculum, designed by Hofstra and Capital One, teaches basic money management concepts and skills.

    “This program is a great opportunity for our local fourth graders who might not otherwise learn the importance of financial literacy and money management,” said Assistant Dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business Gioia Bales. “It also allows Hofstra undergraduate and graduate students to give back to the surrounding community and show the elementary students the importance of a good education.”

    For more information visit the program's website.