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

By for CAES News

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.

In 2000, the program expanded its scope and reach by selecting students ready to engage in real-world research and matching them to projects of potential interest. Because of this experience, many Young Scholars continue their research careers through the college's undergraduate research program while attending UGA .

For more information about Young Scholars, visit www.ysp.caes.uga.edu or contact Victoria David, director of the CAES Office of Diversity Affairs and the Young Scholars Program, at vdavid@uga.edu or 706-542-8826.

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