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High School Science Academy


High School Science Academy

Now in its third year, NWRI's High School Science Academy aims to give Omaha high school students the opportunity to participate in college-level lectures and field/lab work, and nurture their interest in the biological sciences before leaving high school. Each month, students explore a different topic in the biological sciences. They participate in one full evening of lecture on a weeknight, followed by a half or full-day field or lab session on a weekend later in the month. All sessions are taught by university professors and are supervised by NWRI's education staff. Past topics have included entomology, parasitology, prairie ecology, pollinators, small mammal diversity, genetics, bat biology, and much more! Enrolled students also have the option to view the great sandhill crane migration in central Nebraska each March and to participate in a 5-day fieldwork program at UNL's Ceda int Biological Station in western Nebraska each summer.

All materials are provided and students are served meals and snacks at every session. If students do not have transportation to and from sessions, it can be provided from school pick-up points at no charge.


Are You A Student Interested in Applying for 2017-18?

If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior, and would like to apply for the High School Science Academy for the 2017-18 school year, please complete the following online Application and ask a teacher or counselor who knows you well to complete the Referral Form.  These forms are due by Tuesday, September 19, 2017. We will notify you of your acceptance no later than Wednesday, September 20, 2017 and our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM.



2017-2018 Schedule

Month Topic
September TBA
October TBA
November TBA
December No session, holiday month
January TBA
February TBA
March TBA
April TBA
Summer 2018 Cedar Point Biological Station (optional, 5-day trip)



Important Forms for Students Enrolled in the HSSA



2016-17 Science Academy Photos