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Young Scholars Program

July 2 - July 27, 2018

The application for the Summer 2018 program is now closed.  

We have notified all applicants of their status.  

Group of YSP students

Please visit the page below for application and eligibility information about our summer program.  

Summer Program (June - July)

Program Details

CURENT works with partner high schools to recruit talented rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors as Young Scholars in the Center's research labs. There are two forms of Young Scholar Programs – summer and fall academic year. Summer Young Scholars are expected to participate in an unpaid four-week summer research experience at the Center.  Fall Young Scholars perform research afterschool once a week until early December.

As part of a K-12 work program or out of personal interest, the Young Scholars work with faculty and graduate students to conduct research projects.  The summer program requires students to be onsite for 6-8 hours each day. The fall program is more flexible but only allows for 1-2 hours per week of interaction with a mentor.

There are many different opportunities available.  Most research topics avaialble will be about electrical engineering or computer science.  Occasionally other topics will be available like nanomaterial development and biomedical engineering.  The selection of topics each semester depends on the availability of students and faculty.

The Young Scholars program is designed to help capable young people develop an interest in careers related to electrical power and energy systems. Young Scholars will later be encouraged to attend universities affiliated with CURENT, and be given priority for REU opportunities. These opportunities will eventually lead to graduate fellowships.

To learn about past YSP projects, view the CURENT Education website.

CURENT Education Website - http://education.curent.utk.edu/grad/ysp/young-scholars-project/