UF seeks high school student applicants for science summer program


UF seeks high school student applicants for science summer program

Hosted by the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Science

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – This summer, Florida high school students have the opportunity to experience college life at the University of Florida while learning how the agricultural, natural resource and life sciences impact their families and communities around the world.

2019 Florida Youth Institute participants

Rising high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for the Florida Youth Institute (FYI), a week-long summer program sponsored by the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) and The World Food Prize Foundation.

“I was empowered after attending FYI,” said Maria Duran, a 2019 FYI participant and a student at Cypress Bay High School. “During the program, we toured various facilities around UF, where experts are doing their part to improve food security in Florida and around the world. We were exposed to ways we can be part of the solution as well.”

FYI participants will:

  • Engage in hands-on activities and demonstrations.
  • Experience indoor and outdoor laboratories and campus facilities.
  • Meet CALS Dean Elaine Turner, representatives from FDACS, faculty, staff and current CALS students.
  • Examine issues in agriculture, life sciences and natural resources.
  • Experience one week in a campus residence hall.
  • Reflect on worldwide challenges such as food security.

Applications to FYI can be found online and are due Feb. 28. Cost of attendance to the program is $350 per participant. Applicants will have the opportunity to select one of the two camp weeks in July (week 1: 12-17 or week 2: 19-24

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) administers the degree programs of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). The mission of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is to deliver unsurpassed educational programs that prepare students to address the world’s critical challenges related to agriculture, food systems, human wellbeing, natural resources and sustainable communities. The college has received more total (national and regional combined) USDA teaching awards than any other institution. Visit the CALS website at cals.ufl.edu, and follow CALS on social media platforms at @ufcals.