Splash! Parent Program

2017 Parent Program - Weill Hall Room 226 (2nd Floor)

While your student is immersed in a day of learning, enjoy an educational program just for you. Parents are encouraged to attend our presentation series, including topics on college admission and transition to higher education. Stop by our information booth to get information on the Splash! program and where to explore in the Ithaca area during your visit.

Coffee will be available in the morning


11:00 AM
Transition to Higher Education
12:00 PM
Cornell Financial Aid
1:00 PM
Break for Lunch
2:00 PM
Student Panel Q&A
3:00 PM
Sample Class 1
4:00 PM
Sample Class 2

Transition to Higher Education

Bryan Duff, Professor in Education

Even for the most accomplished high school students, the transition to college-level work can be challenging. Two experts on this transition will talk briefly and spend most of the time answering questions from parents. Bryan Duff, a former high school teacher, is now a Cornell professor of education. Bryan will be joined by a first-year undergraduate for whom the transition is still fresh.

Student Q&A Panel

Cornell Students

A panel of current Cornell Undergrads will hold a Q&A session where they will talk about their experiences here.

Cornell Financial Aid

Samantha Miller, Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment

Join one of Cornell's Financial Aid counselors to learn the basics of financial aid, and what to expect of the process. Financial Aid can be confusing and daunting, but hear from an expert how to understand the process!

Splash! Sample Classes

Have you ever wondered what the Splash! classes are like? This is your opportunity to find out! There will be two Splash! classes being taught at during our program - Descriptions are below!

Crash Course in Tissue Engineering and Artificial Organs

Jordan Harrod

Most of us know or have heard about people who need new organs, whether it be a heart, a kidney, or a skin graft, and through this, have learned about how difficult (and expensive) it is to attain them. However, doctors, scientists, and engineers are currently on the brink of developing the technology needed to eradicate this problem completely.

In this class, we will talk about current research on and applications of tissue engineering and artificial organs, and what the future of biomedical engineering looks like. We will also look briefly at the feasibility of related fictional technologies in the real world.

Investigating Bacteria or Questions You Would Ask an Alien

Srinand Paruthiyil

Bacteria are like aliens you can ask all sorts of questions that they may have the weirdest answers to. How do they talk, what do they eat, what do they breathe, how do they fight, how do they form communities, and what can they do for humans? Bacteria have strange answers, they talk with a chemical language, they breathe uranium, they form incredibly complex societies, they make chemicals that give us a smile, they can even survive the harsh environment of outer space. We’ll go through a survey of fascinating behaviors and we’ll even have some of those bacterial societies for everyone to look at!