October 14, 2022
UGA “Young Scholars Program” College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
The Young Scholars Program is a paid six-week summer internship opportunity for high school students interested in agricultural, food, and environmental sciences. Selected students work 25-30 hours per week, Monday through Thursday, actively engaged in research under the guidance of a faculty mentor on the UGA Athens campus. Young Scholars will work most Fridays and be sent home on the 4th of July, Juneteenth, and the weekends. YSP aims to expose selected students to college life and encourage them to apply to the University of Georgia, especially CAES. Additionally, we want to build good relationships with faculty and serve as the school of choice for the selected promising students.
UGA faculty mentors and or their graduate assistant provide academics/lab/research experience. http://ysp.caes.uga.edu/
(Note that this internship is held at Athens, Griffin and Tifton. This email is seeking Athens interns only. YSP is independently run at all 3 campuses).
All interested students are eligible to apply. However, we only accept students who are interested in Agricultural, food, and Environmental Sciences and those with scientific knowledge, which can be difficult as most schools do not have students who understand the field of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences or are interested in them. I’ve attached majors so students can explore them before they apply.
Internship Dates: June 2, 2023- July 14, 2023. (Interns who are residents will move in on May 31st and all interns are required for onboarding and orientation).
Stipend: $10.50 bi-weekly.
Dorms: Interns selected to reside on campus must deposit $500 towards dorms, and we will cover the rest. This year, we are accepting 25 students. 2-3 per high school, and we only accept 10 residents maximum. That means that we accept 10 interns who would have a commute of an hour plus.
Meal Plans: For residents, meal plans are covered, but for commuters, we only provide lunch tickets. Commuters are local county schools who must commute each day. Residents are from the Atlanta metro area.
Want to hear why other faculty members host a Young Scholar? Click below to hear from the associate Dean-Dr. Broder, Todd Callaway, YSP Students, and more who participated in YSP Summer 2022!
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Office of Diversity Affairs
201a Conner Hall | 147 Cedar Street | Athens, GA 30602
office: (706) 542-2713 | Aria.Rechenbach@uga.edu
What is the Young Scholars Program?
The Young Scholars Program (YSP) is a paid six-week summer internship program for high school students interested in agricultural, food, and environmental sciences. Selected students work 30 hours per week actively engaged in research under the guidance of a faculty mentor on the UGA Athens, Griffin or Tifton campus. During the program, students attend workshops and visit agricultural operations to gain exposure to the various fields of study and careers in agriculture.
Upon completion of the program, students present their research during the poster and oral sessions at the Young Scholars Pre-Collegiate Research Conference held the final three days of the program on the UGA Athens campus.
June 2 – July 14
What do the Young Scholars do?
Scholars are expected to:
- Commit to the full six-week internship program.
- Work and commute daily to either the Athens, Griffin, or Tifton campus.
- Conduct supervised research in agricultural, food, and environmental science.
- Participate in the three-day Young Scholars Pre-Collegiate Research Conference through oral and poster presentation.
- Application opens for submissions: November 1, 2022
- Application submission deadline: January 31, 2023
- Interviews March 13,16,20,23
- Selection notification: April 1, 2023
- YSP Move in Housing Orientation May 31, 2023
- YSP Welcome with Deans, lab mentors etc. June 1, 2023
- YSP Conference and ceremony July 12 – July 14
- Completion of sophomore year in high school.
- 16 years old by the program start date.
- Sincere interest in scientific exploration in agricultural, food and environmental science; math and technology.
- Completion of one high school science course, including laboratory, and one semester of algebra.
- Submit a completed application that includes an essay and two teacher’s recommendation letters.