Project Smart Summer Institute 2013 seeking applications from current high school sophomores and juniors

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Project Smart Summer Institute 2013 seeking applications from current high school sophomores and juniors

University of New Hampshire Project SMART Summer Institute is accepting applications from (current) high school sophomores and juniors for its program in 2013. The program has a rolling admission policy, accepting applicants on first-come first-admit basis, based on applicant’s interest and aptitude in science and mathematics. The 2013 program runs from July 1 to 26. For more details, see www.smart.unh.edu. The program offers three modules; Biotechnology & Nanotechnology, Marine & Environmental Science, and Space Science, each admitting up to 25 students.
The Project SMART (Science and Mathematics Achievement through Research Training) program challenges, educates, and motivates talented high school students in science and mathematics. The program is open to high school students who are currently enrolled (or home schooled) as sophomores (10th grade) and juniors (11th grade). The participants study advanced topics in science, mathematics and computers through lectures, discussions, hands-on laboratory experience, and field trips, and learn to do research with UNH faculty.
The Summer Institute is an excellent opportunity to learn the interdisciplinary nature of the various scientific fields and the applications and implications (economic, social, environmental, legal, ethical and moral) of recent scientific advancements to society. In addition to learning/doing science, the students gain a greater appreciation for careers associated with the various sciences and establish friendships with their peers, and mentoring relationships with the UNH faculty.
Salient Features of Project SMART 

  • The group of student participants is highly talented and includes those who have already shown interest and aptitude in sciences.
  • The group is highly diverse, and includes a significant proportion of students from minority, underrepresented, economically disadvantaged, and rural as well as inner-city environs within the US and several other countries. The group includes an equal number of males and females, about one-third being international.
  • Most of the students stay on campus for the weekends and participate in the weekend programs that include visits to New England Aquarium, Boston Museum of Science, whale watching trip to the Ocean, the top of Mt. Washington by Cog railway, Experimental Forests, the local malls, the movies, the Hill Top Fun Center, etc., which also enhance social interaction among the students.
  • On the final day of the program, everyone presents a scientific poster at a three-hour long session, which is attended by more than 200 students, faculty, teachers, parents and UNH administrators.
  • Special evening discussions focus on college admissions, diversity issues, and careers in science; in addition there are lectures by distinguished speakers.

For more information and picture galleries, visit www.smart.unh.edu or contact:
Dr. Subhash C. Minocha, Professor of Plant Biology and Genetics, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824. Tel: 603-862-3840; E-mail: sminocha@unh.edu.