On June 2, 2011, the ESF in the High School program came to a close with an annual Environmental Summit hosted by ESF Outreach. Students enrolled in the ESF in the High School program have the opportunity to experience college-level coursework while still in high school through participation in Global Environment and other courses managed by Dr. Rick Beal, Assistant Dean for Educational Outreach.
This year’s Environmental Summit brought together 160 students from 12 schools throughout Central New York to present their year-long research projects. Participation in the summit is voluntary for students, but most schools involved in the ESF in the High School program choose to partake. According to Jacob O’Connell of the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central, “Bringing all these people together makes me feel like I’m part of a bigger scientific community.” Jacob will pursue a B.S. in Environmental Science at ESF in the Fall.
The ESF Outreach Office congratulates all of the students and their teachers who presented at this year’s Environmental Summit, demonstrating their hard work and dedication to scientific inquiry and to a successful school-to-college transition. We also thank all of the participating high schools: Fowler, Henninger, and Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (Syracuse City School District), Chittenango, Paul V. Moore (Central Square), Solvay, Liverpool, Westhill, LaFayette Jr./Sr., Weedsport, East Syracuse-Minoa, and Onondaga, Cortland, and Madison County BOCES.
YNN video coverage of the event can be viewed at:
Michelle Meyer & Lauren Gibbs, Student Assistants