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05-27-2006

Clarkson University Offers Young Scholars Program for High School Students

The Young Scholars Program (YSP), a unique summer experience for talented high school students, will once again be offered by Clarkson University. This year, the week-long program for rising juniors and seniors will be held on Clarkson University's campus from July 9 through July 15, 2006. The program is administered by The Clarkson School, the University's early entrance program for talented high school students who have completed the eleventh grade and are ready to begin their college studies.

William Vitek, associate professor and director of Clarkson Ethics Initiative of the department of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Steve W. Yurgartis, associate professor of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering of the Coulter School of Engineering, will be teaching and assisting students during this year's YSP. Shaili Singh, interim head of School and director of Academic Counseling of The Clarkson School, will be hosting and directing the week-long event.

YSP is a selective program with a unique approach. Consistent with Clarkson's overall mission of interdisciplinary education and spanning boundaries, students are given a problem to examine and solve from three different perspectives: engineering, business and ethics.

This year the summer scholars will approach, research and generate solutions for our foreign oil dependence and rapidly fading supply of oil as fuel for transportation. Clarkson University faculty and an industry representative will facilitate an interdisciplinary educational experience incorporating engineering, business and liberal arts (specifically ethics). Participants will work together toward creating a low-cost, reliable transportation system (for the village of Potsdam, N.Y.) that uses renewable and/or locally produced energy. Together, students will present their findings to a panel of community members and parents at the end of their week.

The week also includes a day trip to a nearby summer camp which provides students with the opportunity to participate in an adventure program consisting of low and high ropes courses.

A few past topics and projects have included the following:

  - Redesigning Portable Housing

  - Waterfront Recreation-Development Plan (If We Build It, Will They Come?)

Recent participants have hailed primarily from New York, but also from states such as Massachusetts, California, Maine, Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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