POTSDAM -- The Young Scholars Program (YSP) for talented high school students will be offered by Clarkson University July 15 to 21.
The 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 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 obtained via http://www.clarkson.edu/youngscholars, by calling 268-4425, or e-mailing Brenda Kozsan, director of Young Scholars, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s project is called “School CAPS.” Climate action plans, or CAPS, are developed by governments (states, cities, towns, and villages) and institutions (corporations and universities) to outline specific steps to reduce contributions to climate change and to save money with new efficiencies.
Working with three Clarkson professors specializing in engineering, sustainability ethics, and energy policy and politics, 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 presentation to school administrators and energy experts outlining the unique challenges and overall benefits to K-12 schools of adopting climate action plans.
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?).
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.