High School Science Academy
Now in its fourth 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 Cedar Point 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.
The Application for the 2018-2019 School Year is Now Open!
If you are a high school student interested in the High School Science Academy for the 2018-2019 school year, please complete the online Student Application and have one teacher or counselor who knows you well complete the Teacher/Counselor Referral Form. The deadline to apply for the High School Science Academy for the 2018-2019 school year is Thursday, September 20, 2018. (Please note that full-year participation is a requirement for acceptance in the High School Science Academy. We do not accept new applicants at semester.)
|September 25, 2018||Orientation|
|October 9 & 11, 2018||Chiroptology (AKA BATS!)|
|November 6 & 10, 2018||Native Prairie Ecology - Management by Fire|
|December||No session, holiday month|
|January 22 & 26, 2019||Science and Critical Thinking: Analyzing Cryptozoology and the Paranormal|
|February 18 & 23, 2019||Genome Instability and the Evolution of Cancer and Drug Resistance|
|March 12 & 16, 2019||Pollinators and Bee Keeping|
|March, Date TBD||Sandhill Crane Viewing Trip (Optional)|
|April 16 & 20, 2019||Living in the City: What Urban Nature Can Teach Us About Evolution|
|May 7 & 11, 2019||Wildlife Medicine and Rehabilitation|
|Summer 2019, Dates TBD||Cedar Point Biological Station (optional, 5-day trip)|
Important Forms for Students Enrolled in the HSSA