Yale Young Global Scholars Launches 2016 Application, Featuring New Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Sessions

September 28, 2015

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) has launched its application for Summer 2016, and will offer six different sessions for talented high school students. The program continues to expand in response to the significant interest expressed by thousands of talented high school students in the United States and abroad. The new sessions also reflect Yale University’s core strengths and deep commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

YYGS is an academic enrichment and leadership development program that brings together outstanding high school students from around the world for intensive two-week sessions on the Yale campus. In 2015, YYGS hosted 600 students, who represented 92 different countries and 50 U.S. states and territories. Students in YYGS attended lectures from distinguished Yale faculty, participated in small seminars led by Yale graduate and undergraduate students, and conducted group research projects which they presented at the end of their session.

YYGS offered three unique sessions during 2015, beginning with its two flagship programs, Politics, Law & Economics (PLE) and International Affairs & Security (IAS) and concluding with Science, Policy & Innovation (SPI), a novel session aimed at students interested in bridging the gap between politics and the scientific community. The program received 2,275 for these three sessions, and admission was highly competitive.

As YYGS expands its academic offerings, it hopes to cater to an even broader range of talented young individuals and bring in even more diversity, talent, and unique perspectives to the Yale campus. “The Yale Young Global Scholars program continues to be an incredible opportunity for Yale students and faculty to engage with the next generation of high school student leaders,” said Ted Wittenstein, Executive Director of YYGS. “These new sessions of academic content create exciting opportunities to highlight the best that Yale has to offer across the University.”

New STEM Sessions

For the first time ever, YYGS will offer the following sessions with an increased focus on themes from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM):

·       Applied Science & Engineering

·       Biological & Biomedical Science

·       Sustainability, Energy, & Environment

·       Technology, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship

All of these sessions will continue to focus on the interaction of science and policy, offering slightly more directed content to better showcase the resources of Yale University and provide more opportunities for students to interact with researchers and faculty at the cutting edge of their respective fields. With an emphasis on developing scientific citizenship, the focus of these sessions will be to teach students how to effectively convey complex ideas to non-expert audiences, and to better understand the complex relationship between science and policymaking. 

In these sessions, students will also have the opportunity to tour Yale labs as well as core facilities including the Yale center for Proteomics & Genomics, the Center for Engineering Innovation & Design, and the research branch of the Peabody Natural History Museum.

Although these sessions offer more targeted scientific content, all students who show curiosity about the practice and application of science are encouraged to apply.

Sessions and Dates for Summer 2016

As in previous years, the program will offer two-week-long intensive, interdisciplinary summer experiences for talented high school students. In addition to its new STEM offerings, YYGS will continue to offer its highly-demanded IAS and PLE sessions, and will introduce a new interdisciplinary session titled Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Dates and a description for each of the six sessions is listed below.

Politics, Law, & Economics (PLE) June 19 – July 2, 2016

For students with interests in understanding American legal principles, economic ideas, and values and practices of government in historical and comparative perspectives.

Applied Science & Engineering (ASE) June 19 - July 2, 2016

For students who want to explore the application of physical & computer sciences and engineering.

International Affairs & Security (IAS) July 8 – July 21, 2016

For students with interests in international relations and security and learning historical lessons about leadership.

Biological & Biomedical Science (BBS) July 8 - July 21, 2016

For students who want to delve deeper in the study and application of life sciences.

Technology, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship (TIE) July 26 - August 8, 2016

For students who are interested in how innovations in science or technology become a reality.

Sustainability, Energy, & Environment (SEE) July 26 - August 8, 2016

For students who are interested in the study and application of natural and environmental sciences.

Application Launch

The comprehensive application for all six sessions is available now and accessible through the program website. The application deadline is February 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST.

For additional information, visit globalscholars.yale.edu or email global.scholars@yale.edu