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Youth Science Institute accepting applicants

Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Are you a high school student interested in learning more about science? Would you like to add a great experience to your college resume, have a great time and make new friends?

High school students interested in science can apply for the Youth Science Institute (YSI) program by Dec. 17, 2010. This after-school program is offered Wednesday evenings, 4-6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, Jan. 26 through May 25.

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) and Space Science for Schools will be hosting the fourth annual Youth Science Institute. This 15-week program is for high school students, grades nine through 11, who have an interest in exploring different scientific disciplines. Students will conduct different science experiments and activities including stream monitoring, fish dissection, earth science geology hikes, astrobiology, biochemistry, green building demonstrations, lake science on the UC Davis Research Vessel John Le Conte and more. The students will gain knowledge and skills in various scientific fields and work with scientists. They will also receive opportunities for paid internships, fulfill community service hours, and receive letters of recommendation.

This program has been a fun and rewarding experience for past students because they are able to get hands on field experience, meet and work with many different researchers, and conduct scientific experiments.

Eligible students for our 2010 program must return a completed application, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a commitment to the program. All applicants will go through an interview process. Tuition is $250. Students with financial need can apply for partial or full scholarships.

Deadline for applications is Dec. 17, 2010. Send applications or any questions to Martin Frye, UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center AmeriCorps member at or 775-881-7560, ext. 7483.

Additional details and the application are available at

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