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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.


The 2017-2018 Application Deadline Has Passed

If you are a high school student interested in the High School Science Academy for the 2018-2019 school year, check back here in May 2018 for next year's application!



2017-2018 Schedule

Month Topic
September Orientation
October Ornithology and Bird Banding
November Insect Physiology "Robotic Cockroaches and Zombie Crickets"
December No session, holiday month
January Viruses!
February Microbology
March Mammalogy
April Herpetology
May Entomology
Summer 2018 Cedar Point Biological Station (optional, 5-day trip)



Important Forms for Students Enrolled in the HSSA



2017-2018 Monthly Pages (Photos, Presentations, References and Links)