Due to the pandemic, we have canceled the 2020 EBCI summer program. We look forward to the 2021 program!


2020 EBCI High School Summer Science Program, May 11-22, 2020

Interested in a career working with wildlife or nature? Or perhaps a career in engineering or mathematics? Want to improve your technical skills for a future job? Join us this summer!

What will participants do? We are seeking 5-7 high school students from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) for a summer research program. Students will work in Cherokee alongside researchers from the Sheldon Lab of the University of Tennessee and the EBCI Office of Fisheries and Wildlife Management to learn about wildlife research. Participants will have the chance to learn about biodiversity of the Qualla Boundary through a biological survey. Students will also have the opportunity to shadow EBCI biologists on other research projects involving salamander conservation, bat biology, bird banding, fish conservation, and elk management.

The program will run from May 11-22, 2020. Students will meet with researchers on weekdays for approximately 6 hours each day. This will allow students the opportunity to participate in the program while also participating in other summer opportunities and activities.

Benefits: Students will gain insight into scientific careers, obtain experience in field research, gain knowledge of wildlife of the Qualla Boundary, and learn about data collection and computer coding. The technical skills gained through this program will be excellent for building resumes and will help students launch careers in science, technology, engineering, or math.

How to apply: Interested students should send a single document that contains the following information:
–Name and email
–Year in high school (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior)
–List of high school science and math courses that have been taken with the grade earned and a list of planned future courses
–In 200-300 words describe your interest in science and how you may benefit from the program
–In 100-200 words describe how climate change may affect you or your family

Applications should be emailed to Dr. Kimberly Sheldon at ksheldon@utk.edu no later than April 20, 2020.
Questions regarding the program or application process can be directed to Dr. Kimberly Sheldon (ksheldon@utk.edu) or Dr. Caleb Hickman (calehick@nc-cherokee.com).

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