Current SAIL Programs

SAIL will offer virtual programs throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

VIRTUAL SAIL 2020-2021

The University of Oregon’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) pre-college program is committed to supporting students, families, teachers and school districts across the state of Oregon by providing access, exposure and engagement to higher education learning opportunities throughout the 2020-2021 academic school year. 

Continuing to respond to COVID-19 and in alignment with Oregon Health Department, the SAIL programs have transformed from our traditional in-person mentoring programs to virtual experiences. 

Weekly opportunities to participate in SAIL are listed below. 

Weekly - UO Faculty LIVE & Learn Presentations

Weekly presentations from world-class faculty, and graduate students from the University of Oregon, will showcase various academic departments, faculty research, virtual classroom lectures, and lab tours. Sessions geared for both teachers, students and families.

Faculty from across the university volunteer their time for these one-hour presentations highlighting their fields of study in efforts to inspire student engagement and interest in learning. Sessions will be streamline LIVE on YouTube – coming soon!

Wednesday(s) 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Click for LIVE, Learn UO Faculty Presentation Schedule

October 7: Sports Business – Education & Careers, Whitney Wagoner

October 14: What Impact does Language Have on the Way We Think?, Matthias Vogel

October 21: Virtual Biology Lab Tour — “Evolution of Pathogens & Animal Defenses”, Matt Barber & Lab

October 28: What Physics Really Is, Eric Corwin & Jayson Paulose

November 4: Cosmic Perspectives, Scott Fisher

November 18: Physiology: The Study of The Human Body, Andy Karduna, Hans Dryer

November 25: “Suffrage, Labor and The New Woman: Greenwich Village 1913”, Dorothee Ostemier, Matthias Vogel, Kevin Hatfield

December 2: Learn about the Field of Education & Human Services in Today’s World, Lisa Fortin

December 9: What You Can Do in the Field of Earth Science, GE Sage Kemmerlin

December 16: Field of Psychology, UO Psychology Faculty and GEs


For Teachers: Click to view a list of Presentation Activity Ideas

College & Career Programs

"Ask Our College Student Experts" Q&A Sessions

Ask our College Students Q&A Sessions will directly follow faculty presentations, offering student participants the opportunity to ask further questions about faculty presentations, college life, opportunities, admissions, financial aid, and how to make college a reality. 

Wednesdays, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Information on joining and broadcast link coming soon!

Virtual Lunch Meetups

Connect with SAIL and your fellow classmates to find your voice and expand your horizons! Students will engage in educational activities, small group discussions, and interactive workshops facilitated by SAIL college student near-peer mentors and special guests. Grab your lunch and join us!

Opportunities include:

  • Challenges and contests to win cash prizes!
  • Community leader panels on social activism, volunteering, and resume building!
  • Creating a podcast to tell your unique story!
  •  And much more! 

Time varies by School District

4J School District: 12:50 pm – 1:30 pm
Mondays–South Eugene High School
Tuesdays–North Eugene High School
Thursdays–Churchill High School
Fridays–Sheldon High School

Springfield School District: Tuesdays, 11:40 am – 12:20 pm

Bethel School District: Thursdays, 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm

Oregon-wide Schools: Thursdays, 12:00 pm – 12:40 pm

College and Career Readiness Sessions

College and career readiness activities, events and workshops will be hosted in collaboration with school districts covering topics such as FAFSA/ORSAA, college application week, scholarships and more.  Special guest presentations as well.

Schedule TBD--Check back soon!

We will be adding events throughout the school year, so check back frequently. Follow our Instagram for the most up-to-date news!

College and Scholarship Essay Assistance

Student who would like feedback with college and/or scholarship essays may register for “office hours” with our UO faculty and SAIL staff. Students will need to submit essays on Monday, prior to their assigned Wednesday office hour time slot. 

Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

We will be adding sign-ups for essay assistance soon. Need help now? Email to set up a meeting ASAP! 

What are the Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) Programs?

SAIL programs are FREE one-week summer programs hosted on the University of Oregon campus, where high school students learn about the various subjects from distinguished University of Oregon faculty members through fun social and interactive activities. SAIL offers Day and Residental Program options. The Residential Program is more competitive due to limited capacity, and a completed essay is added to the application. Students will enjoy packed day and evening activities, as well as an “Experience Eugene” evening. During the academic school year, the SAIL program provides pre-college mentoring programs facilitated by UO college students. Our mentors work in local schools providing near peer connections to college resources, college planning, goal setting and career exploration.