Opportunity for Young Scientists

March 5, 2013

Seining the bay

This summer, Drexel University is excited to offer high school students an adventure in the great outdoors. The Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy combines classroom techniques with actual outdoor field studies to give students the opportunity to see what it’s like to be an environmental scientist.

Offered by Drexel’s new Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, or BEES, this weeklong summer program is open to current sophomore and junior high school students interested in a range of research areas, including environmental science, biology, and ecology.

This exciting adventure gives students the chance to work alongside expert professors and scientists from Drexel and the Academy. Students will gain a broad understanding of what it means to be an environmental scientist and what it takes to be a leader in the field.

At Barnegat Bay Field Station in New Jersey, students will investigate many of the hands-on aspects of environmental science. Students will examine the flora and fauna of the Pine Barrens, collect specimens from local marine ecological systems of the Barnegat Bay shoreline, and dig into geological and paleontological history at Inversand Mine in Mantua.

Participants will delve into the heart of environmental studies: practical knowledge, field experience, and specimen preservation. Each morning begins with a class that explores the background information and knowledge needed for the day’s activities. Students will develop valuable skills, such as laboratory assessment and analysis of collected specimens.

Familiarity with these basic foundations of environmental science will help high school students learn important, lifelong skills needed for college and careers.

Housing, meals, and activities are included in the program cost ($1,000). Students who complete the summer program and choose to enroll at Drexel University in the future will receive a $2,000 renewable scholarship. The application deadline is April 15, 2013.

Schedules and information on the application process can be found on Drexel’s website.

Current sophomore and junior high school students who love to get their hands dirty with science or who are simply curious about the environment are encouraged to apply. During the Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy, students will bond together through a research-rich summer adventure that will open the door to future careers in environmental science and related fields.

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