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Regional Summer School of Excellence

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    Gannon University's Regional Summer School of Excellence encourages students interested in the sciences and who would like to study health effects related to Environmental Issues, to apply for the eight-day program.

    The Regional Summer School of Excellence allows 30 northwest Pennsylvania current high school sophomores and juniors to participate in eight days of intensive laboratory and field site study in environmental and life sciences. Students work aboard Gannon University's research vessel, the Environaut, while studying Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay.

    The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7-9 and July 12-16.

    During the program, students will:

    • work collaboratively with five Gannon faculty members and three 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, plastic pollution, air pollution and acid rain.
    • become more familiar with coastal zone management, 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, environmental science and engineering, 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 June 15th. Students must provide their own transportation.

    For more information on the program or for an application, contact Varun Kasaraneni, program director and assistant professor, Environmental Science and Engineering department, at or at 814-871-7188.

    The Regional Summer School of Excellence is sponsored by Gannon University and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.