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One of the most globally diverse, two-week academic summer programs in the world. Innovations in Science & Technology (IST) is designed for students who are interested in learning about diverse topics in the STEM fields and applying scientific principles to real-world applications.
Innovations in Science & Technology (IST) is designed for students who are interested in learning about diverse topics in the STEM fields and applying scientific principles to real-world applications. Students explore a wide variety of scientific fields such as physics, molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry, astronomy, engineering, neuroscience, immunology, psychology, and earth science. Students also are exposed to interdisciplinary applications across the many scientific fields ranging from the nanoscopic to the astronomical in scale.
Participants are challenged to examine the world as scientists as they gain exposure to a wide array of biological, physical and applied sciences topics. The session builds students’ critical thinking and analytical skills, while simultaneously stressing the importance of collaboration and teamwork, thereby training students to become more impactful scientists.
Sample Lecture Offerings:
“Mind Reading with Functional Brain Imaging: Neuroethics and Artificial Intelligence” by Marvin Chun
“Robots that Teach” by Brian Scassellati
”Dwarf Galaxies, Dark Matter, and the Milky Way” by Marla Geha
Sample Seminar Offerings:
Building a Better Human? Exploring Transhumanism
Introduction to Extragalactic Astrophysics
Disease Hunters: Predicting Endemics Before They Occur
CRISPR: Cas9 and the Microbiome
Diets of the Future: Sustaining Ourselves and a Dying Earth
The Future of Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatments
Program 2022 was conducted online. Deailes about program 2023 will be published in September
Is IST a Good Fit for Me?
If you are intrigued by any of the following questions, then this session is a great choice:
• How do we go about finding new planets, and could they sustain human life?
• Why are certain drugs more effective than others?
• Can we use observations from nature to improve how we design products and buildings?
• Can organisms be engineered to serve specific purposes?
• How can we best mitigate human pollution in the atmosphere, oceans, and soil?
I gained plenty of memories that I will never forget throughout my life. To start with sharing my before program experiences: I gained important experience about how to write an essay and how to express myself in my application to YYGS. Thanks to this experience, I’m much more comfortable with my college applications.
My favorite seminar was conducted by Eric Tu about economics “Show Me Proof: Modeling Theories of Growth”. After attending this seminar, I found it so compelling that this year I decided to enroll in an economics class at school, and I am now considering pursuing an economics major in college. After attending this seminar, I was able to clearly see what I wanted to do in life because I had no idea who I wanted to become before enrolling in YYGS.
The program always motivated us to meet new people, research, and have fun since that is what summer and life are for. YYGS spiked my intellectual curiosity while having an experience different from my regular activities. To everybody that asks me about YYGS, I’ve always given them the same answer; please let yourself be surprised and take the opportunity to apply, since words cannot fully explain how unique that program was for me.
The seminar topics exposed me to the multifaceted nature of STEM, where numerous fields overlap to answer a single research question. One of my favorite seminars “IST11APal: Particle or Wave? How the duality of light helps probe the depths of cellular processes Instructor: Atreyo Pal”, combined physics and biology. Similarly, Dr. Brian Scassellati’s lecture on Socially Assistive Robotics and “robots that teach” demonstrated the widescale implications of technology on our society. In its entirety, YYGS displayed the endless possibilities of the future and the cruciality of cooperation. It disregarded the stereotypical strict boundaries of academic disciplines and instead provided an academic experience that embraced the intersection and overlap of various areas of knowledge.
Age: Be at least 16 years old by July 19, 2022 (first day of Session III).
English Fluency: Be able to participate in a rigorous academic curriculum conducted in English.
Grade Level: Be a current high school sophomore or junior (or international equivalent).
Graduation Date: Be graduating in May/June 2023 or 2024 from the Northern Hemisphere, or in Nov./Dec. 2022 or 2023 from the Southern Hemisphere.
YYGS Participation: Be a first-time participant in YYGS. If you have participated in a YYGS session during a previous summer (2020 and prior), then you are not eligible to participate during YYGS 2022.
Please note: If you previously applied to YYGS but were not offered admission or were unable attend AND you meet the eligibility criteria noted above, then you are encouraged to re-apply for YYGS 2022.
We award financial aid (in partial or full tuition discounts) to both domestic and international students with demonstrated need. To be considered for financial aid, students must complete the financial aid section of the YYGS admissions application.
Note: YYGS tuition payments are non-refundable except in extreme circumstances, such as family medical emergency where documentation (e.g. a doctor’s note from a non-family member) is provided to YYGS.
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