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Clarkson University Offers Summer Program for High School Students in July

The Young Scholars Program, a unique summer experience for talented high school students, will again be offered by Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. The weeklong innovative program, which attracts rising juniors and seniors from around the nation, is designed to spark intellectual development, requiring students to exercise strong communication and cooperative problem solving skills.

Young Scholars is a selective program with a unique approach. Consistent with Clarkson's overall mission of interdisciplinary education and spanning boundaries, students are given a problem to examine and solve from three different perspectives: engineering, business and ethics.

Held on Clarkson's campus from July 27 to August 2, the program is still accepting applications at .

In this year's program, students will work collaboratively with Clarkson faculty to identify opportunities to create a riverfront sustainable energy park as part of a new campus master plan. The University is in the early stages of developing a ten-acre site that runs along the scenic Raquette River.

At the end of the week, the students will present their proposals and models to a panel of energy and architectural experts and Clarkson administrators.

William Vitek, associate professor of philosophy; Kenneth Visser, associate professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering of the Coulter School of Engineering; and Michael Ensby, director of engineering & global operations management, will teach and assist the students. Richard Campbell, director of academic and community relations of the University's Clarkson School, will host and direct the event.

Past Young Scholars topics and projects have included Small is Beautiful: New Home Design, We Can Get There From Here: Rethinking Public Transportation In A Post Carbon-World, Redesigning Portable Housing, Waterfront Recreation-Development, and Small is Bountiful: Advanced Technology Down on the Farm.

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.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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