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Students participate in the Young Scholars Program

Published: 06/06/2014 11:46AM
By: booner


The 2014 Young Scholars Program participants pose with Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, Fort Valley State University’s associate professor and program coordinator for agricultural economics (back row, far left) and Jackie Whitehead, the Young Scholars Program director and coordinator (back row, far right) during opening ceremonies in FVSU’s Student Amenities Building June 2.

Nineteen high school students from across Georgia will be temporary residents on Fort Valley State University’s campus this summer. For six weeks, (June 2-July 14) the students are participating in the Young Scholars Program. The program is a collaboration between FVSU’s College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education.

While at FVSU, the students will conduct hands-on research and participate in workshops that concentrate on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Students will also learn how to prepare and present research papers, and study for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) while earning a stipend of $1,134.

Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, associate professor and program coordinator for the agricultural economics program at FVSU, oversees the Young Scholars Program. Ibrahim said the program is designed to help enhance students’ readiness in STEM disciplines and prepare them for college life.

To be eligible for the program, students must be high school juniors, seniors or incoming freshmen with a GPA of 2.5, and possess an interest in agricultural economics or STEM disciplines. The program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Women and Minorities in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program. For more information about the Young Scholars Program, contact Ibrahim at 478-825-6815 or send an e-mail to ibrahimm@fvsu.edu.