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01-03-2011

Clarkson University Offers Challenging One-week 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 10 to 16.

The innovative and challenging program, typically for rising sophomores, 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 http://www.clarkson.edu/youngscholars .

Each year, projects related to real-world issues challenge students from a variety of perspectives.

This year’s project, "Branding the Adirondacks," will challenge the Young Scholars to address how New York’s 6.1 million acre Adirondack Park should market itself to young entrepreneurs.

The Adirondacks is known for its beautiful lakes and mountains, but missing is the hustle and bustle of urban environments, and the big box shopping opportunities that have changed Main Streets across the country.

The students will identify where the pockets of opportunity are to create meaningful careers, while capitalizing on the lifestyle of the Adirondacks. In doing this, the Young Scholars will learn about marketing and entrepreneurship, along with how to develop effective leadership, critical thinking and teamwork skills.

In addition to interacting with Clarkson professors and guest lecturers, there will be a field trip to the Adirondack Business Center in Saranac Lake, N.Y., where students will meet entrepreneurs and learn more about efforts to support small business communities.

The students will conduct research, provide recommendations and make a final presentation to local business leaders and the Clarkson community at the end of the week. Students’ family members are also encouraged to attend the presentation.

The work completed during the program will assist in efforts to build sustainable small business communities and promote the Adirondack Park brand.

Past topics and projects have included: Bringing Clean Drinking Water to La Margarita, Ecuador; 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 primarily come 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 and an application, go to http://www.clarkson.edu/youngscholars , call 315-268-4425 or e-mail Brenda Kozsan, director of Young Scholars, at kozsanbd@clarkson.edu.

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 Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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