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High School Programs
Getting a head start on your future doesn’t have to be boring. That’s why the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has several summer programs specifically designed for you as a high school student. From sticking your arm inside a cow to watching chicken surgery to making potatoes rot by infecting them with bacteria, you’ve got opportunities to learn, meet new friends and have fun at UGA.
Spend a few days away from home, and get hands-on with science this summer.
Animal Science in Action
Animal Science in Action is a two-day program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in science and in careers in animal science. Participants engage in a series of laboratory experiments and visit each of the college's main teaching farms for hands-on activities with beef and dairy cattle, horses, swine and sheep. Current CAES animal and dairy science students help lead the program, which begins on a Tuesday morning and ends on a Wednesday afternoon. Participants stay overnight in UGA dormitories in Athens, Ga. Animal Science in Action is presented by the Department of Animal and Dairy Science.
Avian Adventures introduces rising high school juniors and seniors to the world of avian science. The three-day camp is an opportunity for bird-lovers and science-lovers to explore the world of bird reproduction, bird watching and avian surgery. The event will begin on a Wednesday and conclude on a Friday with a tour of the UGA Poultry Research Center. Avian Adventures students will stay overnight in UGA dormitories. Avian Adventures is presented by the Department of Poultry Science.
Georgia Plant Science Scholars Program
Georgia Plant Science Scholars (GAPSS) gives high school students the opportunity to explore four different plant science areas (crop and soil sciences, horticulture, plant pathology and entomology). Students spend a week on campus visiting the departments; touring a USDA facility in Atlanta; visiting with greenhouse managers; meeting faculty, staff and students at UGA; and having fun at socials held in their honor. In the past, GAPSS students conducted experiments on plants, made potatoes rot by infecting them with bacteria, learned about plant viruses, created art and enjoyed a Caribbean Steele band. GAPSS is presented by the Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences, Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Entomology. Contact Kisha Shelton for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-542-1426.
Weekend in the Classic City
Weekend in the Classic City is hosted by Collegiate 4-H'ers across Georgia for high school 4-H members to learn more about college life. 4-H members spend the weekend at UGA attending college prep informational sessions and listening to guest speakers such as Miss UGA and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Ambassadors. Students also interact with collegiate 4-H'ers from over 14 colleges and universities from across Georgia. Weekend in the Classic City is presented by Georgia Collegiate 4-H.
Young Scholars Internship Program
Young Scholars is designed for high school students who excel at math- and science-related subjects. Selected students work side-by-side with CAES researchers for six weeks in either Athens, Griffin or Tifton. The interns earn money, learn job responsibility and are introduced to the work of agricultural scientists. Students are paired with a mentor-scientist. With the mentor's help, each student develops a science project to work on over the summer. At the end of the program, students present their projects. The Young Scholars Internship Program is presented by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
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