Pursuing a career or field of study where women or minorities are low in number is a challenging proposition; however, a program exposing one to material in such a field should make understanding the information less challenging.
Thanks to the Young Scholars Program, a project run by Fort Valley State University's Agricultural Economics Program, 10 high school students from the middle Georgia area will get a taste of college life. They will also be exposed to programs in the FVSU College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology.
For six weeks (June 2-July 12), students will intern and participate in workshops that focus on STEM (sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics) and STEM-related disciplines, such as agricultural economics.
Students will get a chance to conduct hands-on research, as well as prepare and present research papers while earning a stipend of $1,134.
Participants in the program are high school juniors, seniors or incoming freshmen with a GPA of 2.5. The students have demonstrated an interest in agricultural economics or STEM disciplines.
"The goal of this project is to develop programs that will enhance the readiness of women and underrepresented minorities from rural Georgia in STEM related careers," said Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, associate professor and coordinator of the agricultural economics program at FVSU.
Tyler Parks, a native of Montezuma and a rising senior at Macon County High School, said he wanted to participate in the program so he can decide his field of study. "It will help me decide what I want to major in. I have two options, but I haven't decided yet," Parks said. The high school student plans to major in agriculture or education.
The project is a collaboration with the University of Georgia's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education (SWGP). It is sponsored by the USDA-NIFA/Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS).
For more information about the Young Scholars Program, contact Ibrahim at (478) 825-6815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.