Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute Accepting Applications - Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute Accepting Applications

Thomas Drennen, Professor of Economics, teaches talented high-school students entering their junior and senior years as a part of the ESSYI program at HWS.

Professor of Economics Tom Drennen teaches talented high-school students entering their junior and senior years as a part of the ESSYI program at HWS.

The Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute (ESSYI), an enrichment program for high-school students pursuing hands-on learning experiences at the college-level, is accepting applications for its 26th summer. Through the Hobart and William Smith Colleges program, students will explore a wide variety of environmental issues, Finger Lakes ecology, and the 8-million acre Adirondack State Park and Preserve through faculty-led classes, projects and research during the two-week intensive program. Online applications are available here. 

The Institute runs from July 15 through July 28, and will offer an interdisciplinary examination of topics in environmental studies inspired by the liberal arts philosophy at Hobart and William Smith. The program welcomes students with a wide range of interests, including the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Students in the program work closely with a diverse group of HWS faculty, including artists, economists, political scientists, geologists, biologists, writers and philosophers.

Additionally, students will conduct water quality sampling on the Colleges’ 65-foot research vessel the HWS William Scandling, measure stream discharge in local watersheds, use photography to establish a “sense of place,” survey the habitats of Adirondack lakes and investigate plant communities in a quaking bog and more. Both the Hobart and William Smith campus, located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, and the Adirondack State Park will serve as living laboratories for inquiry and exploration. Visit ESSYI online to learn more about the curriculum.

ESSYI is the only full-credit environmental program in the country that offers learning opportunities from 16 different HWS faculty members in two distinct geographical settings. Through the program, students gain a broader understanding of life and learning on a college campus, an important academic opportunity ahead of their own collegiate experience. Scholarships are offered to qualified students.

For more information about ESSYI, visit the program website at http://essyi.hws.edu/. For those interested in applying, visit http://essyi.hws.edu/application-materials/. ESSYI accepts applications on an ongoing, open enrollment basis and the deadline is July 5. To request more information, visit: http://essyi.hws.edu/request-information/ or contact essyi@hws.edu.

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