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History of YSP

The Young Internship Scholars Program at Athens was designed to augment the successful Georgia Research Station Mentor Program at the Griffin campus which began in 1989. The Mentor Program paired selected students with researchers at the station in a year-long educational program. The students were chosen by the high school and the Georgia Station faculties based on the their demonstrated interest in science and/or mathematics.

The Young Scholars Program was expanded to the Athens campus in 1997. Dean Buchanan signed an agreement with the Morgan County High School and its new Agri-Science Center to develop an internship program with scientists in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. In the summer of 1999, five students completed the program.

In June 2000, the Young Scholars Program was expanded to include more students from under-represented populations. A total of twelve students participated at the Athens campus, and seven participated on the Griffin campus.

In June 2001, the participation was consolidated and enriched under the Office of Diversity Relations. Eighteen students participated in Athens, and fourteen participated at the Griffin Campus. In 2003, the Young Scholars Program was expanded to the Tifton campus. The program also added national and international experiences through travel to California, Washington, D.C., Ghana, Honduras, and Costa Rica.

Since 2014, the development of the Young Scholars Program has evolved in several ways. The greatest element of change includes the YSP Pre-collegiate Research Conference. In the past, Griffin and Tifton Young Scholars would drive to Athens on the last day of the program and participate in the closing ceremony. For the last three days of the program, all students are on the Athens campus to experience student life, be exposed to peer research and learn about the boundless opportunities at UGA and CAES.