The National Society of High School ScholarsNSHSS

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Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute

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The Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute is a two-week academic enrichment program that provides talented, rising high school juniors and seniors with a college-level, hands-on learning experience that explores the many disciplines, tools and approaches needed to address complex, environmental issues. 

The mission of ESSYI is to empower students with the confidence, capacity, and tools to change the world. At the same time, they help students understand the variety of collegiate and career opportunities that are related to one’s interest in the environment.  

The Institute is located in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region, on beautiful Seneca Lake, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. You will conduct research with faculty members in a variety of locations: on the HWS William F. Scandling (a 65-foot vessel on Seneca Lake), in streams, quaking bogs, the Adirondack Mountains, and the Colleges science laboratories. Working in the field, in laboratories, in classrooms, and on a four-day camping trip, you will explore a range of topics in environmental policy, economics, and ethics.

The Institute welcomes students from around the world who have a broad range of interests. ESSYI also recognizes that every student can contribute to the success of the program, whether their background is in the arts, the humanities, the natural sciences, or the social sciences.  Students work closely with a diverse group of Hobart and William Smith faculty. The summer faculty includes artists, economists, political scientists, geologists, biologists, chemists, writers and philosophers.


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