Jim MaKinster, assistant professor of education, has been named director of ESSYI, the Colleges' Environmental Studies summer program for high school students. MaKinster, who has been with the Colleges since 2002, holds a doctorate in science and environmental education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been involved with the summer science institute for several years.
The Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute is a two-week, collegiate-level institute, providing opportunities for young adults to explore the scientific, social and humanistic perspectives of environmental issues. Lead by HWS faculty, ESSYI students will conduct research in the field, in laboratories, in classrooms and on a four-day camping trip.
“One of ESSYI’s main goals is to get kids out of the lab and into the world and have them sit back and think about why they care about the environment,” said Brian Thompson ’04, a former ESSYI participant and HWS grad who is now pursuing a law degree with a focus on environmental law. “Through ESSYI and four years at HWS, I learned not just to preserve the environment but also how to promote and protect it.”
MaKinster is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2006 program. For more information, visit ESSYI online.