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Program Description

Each year, our SAS Honors Program faculty, staff, and students work together to choose a book for new SASHP students to read over the summer. We are pleased to announce that this year’s book is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

In July and August, new SAS Honors Program students will begin a conversation about the book with faculty, staff, and students on our SAS Honors Program Summer Reading Blog. On Friday, August 31, 2012, new SAS Honors Program students will discuss the book with Dr. Mia Bay, Professor of History & Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity and Dr. Terry McGuire, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Genetics. On Thursday, November 15, 2012, the SAS Honors Program and the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College will host a lecture and book-signing with Rebecca Skloot. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” will also be the basis for the fall 2012 Honors Colloquium course.


  1. All new SAS Honors Program students are required to read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”
  2. All new SAS Honors Program students must participate in our SASHP Summer Reading Blog: sakai.rutgers.edu/portal. New incoming first year SAS Honors Program students are required to post a minimum of two comments in July and two comments in August. All new continuing and transfer SAS Honors Program students are required to post a minimum of four comments in August. The SASHP will send additional details about the Summer Reading Program to students over the summer.
Please note: Students must have a Rutgers NetID and Rutgers email account to participate in the Summer Reading Blog. Incoming SASHP students can create a Rutgers NetID and email in the Admissions Enrollment Pathway:  www.ugadmissions.rutgers.edu/pathway/login.asp

Additional Information

Previous Summer Reading Books

  • Summer 2011: "The Monsters of Templeton" by Lauren Groff
  • Summer 2010:  “The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell
  • Summer 2009:  “The Last Town on Earth” by Thomas Mullen
  • Summer 2008:  “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One  
                             School at a Time” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
  • Summer 2007:  “The Six Questions of Socrates” by Christopher Phillips


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