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Clarkson University Offers Challenging Program for High School Students in July

The Young Scholars Program (YSP), an exceptional summer experience for talented high school students, will once again be offered by Clarkson University July 11 to 17.

The innovative and challenging program, typically for rising juniors and seniors, fosters intellectual development, communication skills, and cooperative problem solving in a real-world setting

The program application and more information can be found online at .

Each year, projects related to real world-issues challenge students from three different perspectives: engineering, business, and ethics.

This year’s young scholars will construct preliminary designs for provision of clean drinking water to the community of La Margarita, Ecuador.

La Margarita, an agrarian community of approximately 350 residents, lacks adequate water and sanitary services. The residents consume water from the nearby, but polluted, Los Tintos River with little or no treatment.

In the summer of 2009, the residents received new government-subsidized housing, yet the houses still lack water and wastewater services.

The YSP students will design systems to be fit to the existing housing structure and piping. Working individually and in small groups, they will conduct research, provide recommendations, and make a final presentation to community leaders at the end of the week. Students’ family members are also encouraged to attend the presentation.

Prof. William Vitek, chair of Humanities and Social Sciences, Assoc. Prof. Alan Rossner, director of Environmental Health Sciences, and Asst. Prof. Shane Rogers of Civil and Environmental Engineering will teach and assist the students. Brenda Kozsan, associate head of school of The Clarkson School, will host and direct the event.

Past topics and projects have included: Nature 101: Waste Equals Food; Energy Park; Small is Beautiful New Home Design; We Can Get There From Here: Rethinking Public Transportation In A Post Carbon-World; Redesigning Portable Housing; and , Waterfront Recreation-Development Plan (If We Build It, Will They Come?).

Recent participants have hailed primarily from New York, but also from Massachusetts, California, Maine, Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and other states.

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.

For more information, go to , call 315-268-4425 or e-mail

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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

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