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Drexel Environmental Science Leadership Academy:
A Summer Program for High School Students

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Drexel's weeklong Environmental Science Leadership Academy is one part adventure travel, one part leadership training, and two parts environmental science field experience. Students will habitat-hop from seaside, to salt marsh, to maritime forest, all along the New Jersey coastline, gaining hands-on experience in a range of research areas, including beach, marsh and Pine Barren ecology, botany and paleontology. The "tour guides" on this adventure will be all-star Drexel professors and expert scientists from the nation’s oldest natural history museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences. Students will gain a broad understanding of what it means to be an environmental scientist and what it takes to be a leader in the field.

Based at the Barnegat Bay Field Station in Ocean Township, NJ, the Environmental Science Leadership Academy opens with a canoe trip through the Pine Barrens and ends with a fossil dig with Drexel paleontologist Ken Lacovara, PhD, whose world-class Mantua dig site has been featured on the Discovery Channel. Through a combination of theory-based courses and a lot of hands-on experience—the heart of a Drexel education—students will bond together through a research-rich summer adventure that will open the door to a future in environmental science and related fields.
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2015 Academy:

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Dates: Sunday, July 12th to Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Location: Barnegat Bay Field Station, New Jersey

Cost: $1500

*Students who complete the summer program and choose to enroll at Drexel in the future will receive a $2000 renewable scholarship.

Eligibility: Open to high school sophomores and juniors (students who will be junior or senior status in September 2015)

Application Deadline: TBD

Residential: This is a residential program. Students will live in dorms at the Barnegat Bay Field Station in New Jersey. Two, same-sex students per dorm room.

Contact: Director of Recruitment Gary Johnson,
gej24@drexel.edu or 215.571.3514