July 6-17 and/or July 20-31

Eligible for students entering grades 11 or 12

The Climate Change Resiliency Program will offer an interactive online environment for participants to engage in science-based collaborative learning while expanding their knowledge of Florida’s ecosystems and the potential impacts climate change can have on them.

Topics covered will include: 1) changing ecosystems and population ecology; 2) evolution, natural selection, and adaptations; 3) agriculture, food chains, and food security; and 4) diseases, pests, and invasive species.

Daily activities will include discussions (no more than 90 minutes per day), hands-on activities and laboratory exercises (materials provided in the form of kits), case studies, virtual field trips, and guest talks from UF faculty and graduate students. There will also be optional recreational activities offered during the program (e.g., trivia, game nights, etc.).

When is it?

The program will offer two sessions in July 2020:

Session I: July 6-17 (two weeks)

Session I provides an overview of the issues and scientific fields related to climate change and ecosystem resiliency. The session will culminate with participation in a group project exploring a selected Florida climate change/ecosystem issue.

Session II: July 20-31 (two weeks)

Session II will explore climate change and ecosystem resiliency issues in more depth and provide an opportunity to examine specific scientific areas of interest. Participants will develop and present a proposal for an experiment or other research design to investigate a specific climate change/ecosystem topic of interest.

Students may register for one OR both sessions.

Important Information: Students must make a commitment to attend and participate in the entire program.  Please confirm no other academic, school-related, sports, or family events will conflict with the program dates.  

How much does it cost?

$350 per session – cost includes program staffing and science learning kit and activity materials mailed to each participant. All interested and qualified students are encouraged to apply for CCRP regardless of ability to pay.  Limited need-based scholarships are available for students attending a Florida high school. Please visit Financial Aid for information on how to apply for financial aid.

Program Instructors

Ms. Dehlia Albrecht, CPET Youth Programs Coordinator, manages CPET Youth Programs and special projects. Dehlia has a Master’s degrees in Entomology and Nematology, where she specialized in curriculum development related to natural selection and adaptation under the predicted effects of global climate change. Dehlia is currently working on her PhD in Agricultural Education and Communication and has considerable experience and education in both formal and nonformal STEM education, leadership, and science outreach.   

Dr. Cynthia Nazario-Leary, CPET Science and Education Training Specialist, coordinates and develops content for selected youth STEM and teacher professional development programs and will serve as co-lead for the proposed project. Cynthia has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management and has extensive experience with interdisciplinary instruction and directing extension outreach programs.

Application Requirements for CCRP

Applicants must create an account in our online application portal in order to apply for any student programs offered by UF CPET. The online application portal is www.ufcpet.smapply.us.  All components are submitted using the online application process unless noted.  After all the below components of the application are completed, student must log into their account and SUBMIT their application.

A CCRP Application consists of the following:

User Information: Provide applicant and parent/guardian contact information.

Application Form:  Please answer questions provided.

Application Fee:  No application fee required.

Application Deadlines & Notifications

The application deadline is May 31st.  If the program is not filled during the first round of application review, applications will be reviewed and students will be notified of decisions every two weeks.

Once the first round of applications is received, they are reviewed by our Selection Committee.  This review process can take 1-2 weeks, so please be patient.  Each member of our committee carefully reads each application we receive.  This process takes time.  Frequent calls can slow this process.  Once we have reached a decision, we will send out an email through our online application portal.  Notifications regarding your account and application progress will come from noreply@smapply.io. Please add this address to your email safe senders list, address book, or contact list.

Please note that applicants, not their parents, receive all correspondence from our office.  It is the student’s responsibility to provide a working email address and check that email address regularly for communication from UF CPET.  Failure to respond to email in a timely manner may result in the student being placed on the wait list. At any time applicants and parent “collaborators” may check on acceptance status in the on-line portal.

Possible decisions are as follows: invited to attend, waitlist, or not invited.