Applied Science & Engineering

Dates: June 17 - June 30, 2018

The Applied Science & Engineering (ASE) session of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program is designed for students who are interested in learning about the physical sciences and applying scientific principles to real-world applications. Students examine disciplines such as physics, chemistry, astronomy, and earth science and explore interdisciplinary applications ranging from the nanoscopic to the astronomical in scale.

If you are intrigued by any of the following (or related) questions, you will probably be interested in the ASE session.

  • What is the science behind things that you use or see in your daily life? For example, how do we perceive color or hear sound? What chemical processes are used in cooking? 
  • How do we go about finding new planets, and could they sustain human life?
  • How can we best mitigate human pollution in the atmosphere, oceans, and soil?
  • Can we use observations from nature to improve how we design products and buildings?

Excerpt from YYGS: Sciences student blog:

“YYGS not only teaches you biology, physics, chemistry, computer science, and math (and doing laundry), but it teaches you life skills and expands your understanding, interests and even your outlook on life as you’re surrounded by students from over 100 countries…The lectures and seminars exposed me to different areas of science I may never have considered, such as the science of sand and the chemistry of chocolate and why I should never feed my dog Apollo my favorite treat.” – Helen, Canada

Read more about ASE straight from the blog >>

ASE Programming Elements

The YYGS program emphasizes an open, exploratory, and collaborative approach to learning. The curriculum helps develop analytical thinking, intellectual flexibility, written and oral communication, and teamwork skills.

  • Lectures. YYGS features lectures by renowned Yale faculty and leading practitioners in their fields. Lectures are intended to expose students to a wide array of new ideas, perspectives, and exciting new research, as well as challenge them with first-year university level material. Past YYGS lectures have included:
    • “Chemical complexity in unconventional oil and gas extraction: Are we beholden to carbon and how can we use it better?” by Professor Desiree Plata, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering; Associate Director for Research, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale
    • “Robots that Teach” by Professor Brian Scassellati, Professor of Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
    • “Making Valuable Materials from the Greenhouse Gas Carbon Dioxide” by Professor Nilay Hazari, Professor of Chemistry
  • Breakout sessions. Following the lectures, instructional staff lead smaller breakout sessions (typically 10-15 students) to further explore topics related to the content of the lectures. Breakout sessions give students a more individualized opportunity to delve deeply into the topic introduced by the lecturer. Undergraduate and graduate student instructional staff facilitate conversations on the day’s lecture, and students are expected to voice their opinions, formulate thoughtful questions and responses, debate varied perspectives, and consider possible follow-up experiments.
  • Seminars. Seminars are interdisciplinary standalone classes (typically 10-15 students each) that are designed and taught by undergraduate and graduate student instructional staff, with assigned readings made available to YYGS participants prior to their arrival at the program. Students give their preferences for seminars in advance, and are expected to come having closely read and analyzed the assigned material. Past seminars have included:
    • “Biomimetics: Has Mother Nature Solved All of Our Problems?” by Edward Courchaine, Graduate student in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
    • “Say What? Physics of the Human Voice” by Alexandra Torresquintero, Recent graduate in Linguistics
  • Capstone. Over the course of the two-week program, students will also work in Capstone project groups (4-5 students each) to identify problems in a specific topic, conduct rigorous background research, and propose impactful solutions to their peers and instructors. Assignments are designed to develop critical thinking skills and encourage innovation, as well as emphasize teambuilding, analytical problem solving, and communication in a group of diverse peers. This project culminates in a group presentation at the end of the session.
  • Simulations. Simulations are modeled on real-world events and provide opportunities for students to work in small groups to respond to evolving challenges, gain experience in crisis simulation and response, and design potential solutions to these events. Students are assigned to roles within the simulation universe through which they actively participate in and shape the simulation outcome, thereby facilitating hands-on learning. The simulated challenges students face are designed to build leadership, teamwork, and analytical problem solving skills.
  • Research Showcase and Science & Engineering Tours. Researchers from across Yale University are invited to give short presentations on their research. This event is meant to give students rapid-fire exposure to different types of research taking place. Students will then be able to give preferences for a lab that they are interested in visiting during the Science & Engineering Tours.
  • YYGS Family Time. YYGS Family Time is a unique opportunity for students to meet and bond with a small group of 7-8 students, who are mentored by a YYGS instructional staff member throughout the two weeks. Families engage in icebreaker games, talk about the ups and downs of the program, and otherwise serve as surrogate “families.” YYGS Family time is an important building block of community at YYGS.
  • Speaker Series. If desired, students can audition to give a short talk on a topic of their choosing. Selected speakers will deliver their talks to a combined audience of students and instructional staff in both sessions. In this way, students have the opportunity to speak in front of an audience of almost 500 people and share their ideas and passions!
  • Talent Show. At the end of­ the session, YYGS hosts a talent show f­eaturing student participants. This is an excellent way ­for students to showcase their talents and cultural heritage.

Sample 2017 Schedule