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04-19-2012

Clarkson University Offers Challenging One-week Program for High School Students in July

The Young Scholars Program (YSP), an exceptional summer experience for talented high school students, will once again be offered by Clarkson University July 15 to 21.

The innovative and challenging program, typically for rising sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduating high school students, fosters intellectual development, communication skills, and cooperative problem solving in a real-world setting.

Students who successfully complete the Young Scholars program will receive a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year) toward tuition if they attend the Clarkson School or Clarkson University full time for their undergraduate education.

The program application and more information can be found online at http://www.clarkson.edu/youngscholars .

Each year, projects related to real-world issues challenge students from a variety of perspectives. 

This year's project is called "School CAPS.” climate action plans, or CAPS, are comprehensive plans developed by governments (states, cities, towns, and villages) and institutions (corporations and universities). They outline specific steps to reduce contributions to climate change, and to save money from new efficiencies.

Engineering analysis and an understanding of the economic, technological, political, and ethical choices behind the decision to undertake and implement a climate action plan are crucial for its success. Despite their use by governments and higher education institutions, there has been little effort to encourage K-12 schools and school systems to adopt CAPS.

This year’s Young Scholars Program will work to change that. Working with three Clarkson professors specializing in engineering, energy policy and politics, and sustainability ethics, students will form a consulting group focused on helping K-12 school districts develop and implement climate action plans.

At the conclusion of the weeklong program, the “consulting group” will deliver a professional presentation to school administrators and energy experts outlining the unique challenges and overall benefits to K-12 schools of adopting climate action plans. Students' family members are also encouraged to attend the presentation. 

Past topics and projects have included Branding the Adirondacks; Bringing Clean Drinking Water to La Margarita, Ecuador; Nature 101: Waste Equals Food; Energy Park; Small is Beautiful New Home Design; We Can Get There From Here: Rethinking Public Transportation In A Post Carbon-World; Redesigning Portable Housing; and Waterfront Recreation-Development Plan (If We Build It, Will They Come?).

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

The Young Scholars 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.

For more information and an application, go to http://www.clarkson.edu/youngscholars , call 315-268-4425 or e-mail Brenda Kozsan, director of Young Scholars, at kozsanbd@clarkson.edu.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[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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