Summer School Of Excellence Science Program Accepting Applications

RSSE_2013Posted: May 2, 2014


Gannon University's Regional Summer School of Excellence encourages high school students interested in the sciences and who would like to study health effect related to environmental issues, to apply for the two-week program. The program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7-11 and July 14-20.

The Regional Summer School of Excellence allows 40 northwest Pennsylvania current high school sophomores and juniors to participate in two weeks of intensive laboratory and field site study in the life sciences. Students work aboard Gannon University's research vessel, the Environaut, while studying Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay.

During the program, students will:

  • Work collaboratively with Gannon faculty members and college students, as well as with fellow high school students who also have an interest in the sciences.

  • Learn standard methods and techniques for researching environmental health problems such as water chemistry, lake pollution and population dynamics, eutrophication, air pollution and acid rain.

  • Become more familiar with life science applications in medicine, public health, epidemiology, toxicology, environmental health, zoology, ecology, limnology, histology, analytical chemistry, microbiology and embryology.

  • Work on college-level lab and research projects.

  • Explore career opportunities in the fields of chemistry, biological sciences, medicine and public health.

    There is no cost to participate and lunches are provided at no cost. Students are encouraged to apply on or before May 30th. Students must provide their own transportation.

    For more information on the program or for an application, contact Stan Zagorski, program director and professor, Gannon biology department, at 814-871-7641.

    The Regional Summer School of Excellence is sponsored by Gannon University, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit.