Friday, July 9, 2010
UC San Diego's Scripps Oceanography to 'Focus on the Future' with High School Students
Compton High School students dive into oceanography and earth science during dynamic three-week summer program
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoTwenty students from Compton High School will participate in a hands-on, three-week summer course at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego (www.scripps.ucsd.edu). The program, "Focus on the Future: The Compton - UC San Diego Connection," is a specially designed set of activities at Scripps for the students presented through UCSD Extension's Academic Connections Program (www.academicconnections.ucsd.edu).
Academic Connections is a pre-college summer academic and residential experience targeted to highly motivated, high achieving, college-bound high school students in grades 9-12. The goal of the program is to provide students with the opportunity to experience life and learning at a top-ranked research university. The program is being underwritten by Scripps and UC San Diego this year with the hope of pursuing private support in future years.
During the Scripps summer Academic Connections program, the students will study a mix of topics-ranging from oceanography to anthropology to robotics and the evolution of the planet. They also will participate in a specialized program of Scripps activities such as the rare opportunity of spending a day at sea on a science research vessel, visiting Scripps labs, touring Scripps aquariums and collections and learning about vital environmental research topics such as climate change.
Focus on the Future is another program that is part of UC San Diego's ongoing efforts to increase the diversity of its student body, faculty and staff.
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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