Seven Week Program

June 18th – July 31st, 2020

If you are looking for the most comprehensive and challenging summer workshop experience, the Michigan Seven Week Program is for you. These labs offer the only cohesive, continuous Seven Week summer program for high school debaters. The Seven Week Program offers a student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1 or better a better ratio than any major lab in the country. In addition, the 2019 Seven Week Program participated in dozens of practice debates, attended dozens of lectures, and turned out arguably the best evidence set in the country. The Seven Week Program is available for rising Seniors and Juniors.

The Seven Week Program is our most exclusive camp. ONLY THE TOP Seniors and Juniors WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE SEVEN WEEK PROGRAM. The only applicants who are eligible are students who will be a Senior or Junior entering the 2020-2021 debate year. The Seven Week Program combines technological innovation (video debates, paperless debate and Verbatim, etc.) with the best debate instructors in the country and our incredible University of Michigan library system to make the most comprehensive camp experience available in the United States.

2020 Seven Week Program Instructors:

7 Week Seniors Lab 1– Brett Bricker (University of Kansas and Carrollton Sacred Heart), Eric Forslund (Greenhill School), Kevin Hirn (University of Michigan and Whitney Young High School), Rafael Pierry (University of Michigan), and Dana Randall (Carrollton Sacred Heart)

7 Week Seniors Lab 2– Kurt Fifelski (University of Michigan), Jordan Foley (University of Wisconsin), Stephen Pipkin (Glenbrook North High School),  Jasmine Stidham (Harvard-Westlake School and Dartmouth College), and Thomas Vance (University of Michigan)

7 Week Juniors Lab 1– Tim Ellis (Washburn Rural High School), David Heidt (Carrollton Sacred Heart), Shunta Jordan (University of Georgia), Jason Peterson (St. Mark’s School of Texas), and Brandon Stras (University of Michigan)

7 Week Juniors Lab 2– Josh Clark (Montgomery Bell Academy), Alyssa Corrigan (Glenbrook South High School), Scott Phillips (Harvard-Westlake School and Dartmouth College), Terrell Taylor (Montgomery Bell Academy), and Whit Whitmore (Pace Academy and Emory University)

7 Week Juniors Lab 3– Jeremy Hammond (Pine Crest School), Will Katz (Washburn Rural High School and University of Kansas), Val McIntosh (University of Michigan and Niles West High School), and Dustin Meyers-Levy (University of Michigan and Glenbrook North High School)

A list of the qualifications of these teachers is provided in our faculty section.

The unique format of the Seven Week Program ensures that students receive an intensive, comprehensive and non-duplicative curriculum. This year’s program will split the Seniors and Juniors into separate labs. The Seven Week Lab Leaders will split up the research assignments so that no assignments will be duplicative and every single student will receive every bit of evidence the five Seven Week Labs produce. The Seniors and Juniors labs will make practice round schedules together so you still have exposure to all of the Seven Week Faculty and teams. This program therefore offers unparalleled opportunities for in-depth instruction and learning, and extensive analysis of the new national debate resolution.

We believe that the structure of the Seven Week Program is entirely unique and cannot be duplicated in any other camp environment in the country. If you want to elevate every aspect of your debate ability in an intensive Seven Week environment this is the camp for you!

What did the 2019 students think of the experience:

Would you recommend the Michigan Debate Institutes to friends and teammates?- 97% yes
Would you recommend the Michigan Seniors Program to friends and teammates?- 100% yes
       Would you recommend the Michigan Juniors Program to friends and  
       teammates?- 100% yes



Participating in a Seven Week Lab includes a $65 Application Fee. Students who are admitted will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit shortly after receiving their acceptance. Payment of the balance must take place no later than May 1. 

Application and Admission

Students who wish to apply to the Seven Week Program must submit a completed application by no later than June 1 and a $65 non-refundable application fee. Students will be notified of their admission status no later than June 1. Students attending must confirm via a non-refundable deposit shortly after their acceptance. Please do not call to inquire about admission status unless you have not heard from us by June 1 as there will be a wait list.

Click here to go directly to our Application Page