The Sheldon Institute for Barbara Shineman Scholars is a two-week educational enrichment program for approximately 130 students entering grades 2 - 10 that runs each summer on the SUNY Oswego campus and is designed to meet the academic and cultural needs of motivated and creative students. The program runs the last week in July and the first week in August each year and classes fill quickly.

The institute offers small class sizes, projects chosen to engage young learners, and dynamic teachers who entice students to return summer after summer.

Save the Date
July 22-August 2, 2019

Director
Kathleen Bartley, retired from the Central Square School District

Registration and Programming
Available in the spring

Curriculum

Younger Students
Novice students, grades 2-3, and Intermediate students, grades 4-5, have a set program that includes art projects, science, language, history, cultural appreciation and may include swim time.

Older Students
Juniors grades 6-7, and seniors, grades 8-10 choose four different daily workshops, emphasizing problem solving and critical thinking skills in the arts, communication, cultural appreciation, science, technology, writing, and more. 

Administration and Funding

Sheldon Institute is administered by Team Sheldon and the School of Education with generous support from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation and the Tarandi Foundation. In summer 2018, it was renamed to honor SUNY Oswego professor emerita and alumna Dr. Barbara Palmer Shineman '65, M '71, who helped establish Sheldon Institute in 1978. She personally developed its curriculum for young students and delivered teacher training for those leading the Institute's programing for decades. 

About Sheldon Institute

Sheldon Institute has for nearly four decades honored the legacy of college founder Edward Austin Sheldon, who was recognized around the world as a visionary in teacher education. Originally conceived as a program for gifted and talented students nominated by their 4th through 6th grade teachers, the Sheldon Institute initially offered classes in art, biology, creative communications, electronics, industrial arts, math, and music. At its founding in 1978, students participated in two subjects per two-week session.

In the early 1980s, the format changed to an all-day, two-week program, expanding to reach youths in 2nd through 10th grades from varying backgrounds. In 2015, the Tarandi Foundation — established by the late Oswego physicians Ravindra and Manjula Shah — expanded opportunities for children from low-income families with a $50,000 gift to establish the Sheldon Institute Endowed Fund.

In summer 2018, the Richard S. Shineman Foundation provided a $1 million gift to enhance the Institute and rename it Sheldon Institute for Barbara Shineman Scholars. The Shineman Foundation's gift — given in honor of Barbara's 90th birthday and the Institute's 40th year — enabled the Institute to enhance learning experiences, grow its reach and increase access through need-based scholarships.

Today, hands-on projects in cooking, martial arts, wellness, and the arts excite the imaginations of students, reduce "summer setback" and help combat childhood obesity. For older children, such classes as computer animation, aerodynamics, robotics, renewable energy, video production and game design lead to a deeper understanding of mathematics and scientific concepts, which lays the foundation for young people to strengthen their skills in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

Experiences at the institute also familiarize children with the SUNY Oswego campus, and plant the seeds of thought for a future college education. 

Contact

Candy Rasbeck
315.312.2103
candace.rasbeck@oswego.edu

School of Education
Dean's Office
302 Park Hall