Young Scholars Program

UGA to offer high school students paid research internships this summer through Young Scholars Programs

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Monday, January 9, 2017

The University of Georgia is looking for high school students, ages 16 and older, who are looking for hands-on research experience. The UGA Young Scholars Program (YSP) is a paid, six-week summer research internship in agricultural, food and environmental sciences.

Organized by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, selected students work 30 hours a week on the UGA Athens, Griffin or Tifton Campus and are actively engaged in research.

The online application for the program closes Tuesday, Jan. 31, and in-person interviews for finalists will follow. Selected interns will be notified by April 1, and the program will run from June 5 to July 14.

Alexandria Maddox, now a first-year student at UGA studying biological science, participated in the program and conducted research under Associate Professor Kerry Oliver in the UGA entomology department. She plans to attend medical school and become a gynecologist.

“This was the opportunity of a lifetime,” Maddox said. “I didn’t know that even the smallest things on earth can have such a large effect on our environment. Biology is an amazing subject.”

Young Scholars averages about 75 internship slots each summer.

The program began on the UGA Griffin Campus in 1989 and was originally intended to provide a collegiate experience to students who were not planning to attend college.

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Young Scholars Program celebrates 25 years, opens applications for summer 2015

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

For the past 25 summers, high school students from across Georgia have worked side by side with scientists at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences through the Young Scholars Program.

Many of these students credit this first taste of life in a laboratory and on a university campus with launching their careers in science. Currently, 12 former Young Scholars are pursuing undergraduate degrees at CAES and more are pursuing other fields of study at UGA or working toward graduate degrees at other universities.

“For six weeks I was given the opportunity to work with actual professors, who are elites in their fields of study. I presented all the research that I did with my professor and competed to win first place at the competition. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this amazing program?” Ayodele Dare, a current UGA biological science major, said.

The Young Scholars Program is one of the most successful STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) mentoring programs in the nation, said Scott Angle, dean and director of CAES.

More than 60 Georgia HS students complete advanced research training with UGA Young Scholars Program

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

More than 60 Georgia teenagers spent the better part of their summer working in some of the most prestigious research laboratories at the University of Georgia. For more than two decades, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Young Scholars’ Program has paired researchers in CAES, the College of Pharmacy, the Warnell School of Forestry and the College of Veterinary Medicine with high school students to foster their love of science and introduce them to the breadth of science that is the foundation of agriculture — Georgia’s largest industry.

“We have students representing high schools from all over the state, including 20 different counties and 34 high schools,” said Victoria David, director of the CAES Office of Diversity Relations. “These students really are the cream of the crop.”

The students worked in some of the most advanced laboratories at UGA in Griffin, Tifton and Athens during the six-week program. They assisted with actual research projects led by UGA faculty, and at the end of the program they presented their findings in a research symposium. Some students may be listed as coauthors on these studies when they are published in academic journals, which is rare for students who have not completed high school.

UGA CAES Young Scholars spend summer conducting research with faculty mentors

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

This summer 83 high school students from across Georgia gained real-world research experience through the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ (CAES) Young Scholars Program

For more than two decades, the program has paired researchers in CAES, the College of Pharmacy, the Warnell School of Forestry and the College of Veterinary Medicine with high school students to foster their love of science, particularly the breadth of science that is the foundation of agriculture—Georgia’s largest industry.

The students worked in some of the most advanced laboratories at UGA in Griffin, Tifton and Athens during the six-week program to address novel and interesting questions. Some will even have their work published before they graduate from high school, which gives them a leg up in their scientific careers.

“To the parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, you should be very proud of these students,” Dean J. Scott Angle of CAES told a crowd at the recent Young Scholars Awards Ceremony on July 10. “They really have done something that doesn’t happen to a lot of people their age.

Broadening Horizons

One purpose of the program is to introduce students to the variety of careers and fields of study that they can pursue in the agricultural and life sciences at the university.