Youth Workshop on Science and Conservation Careers—Scholarships Available

August 22, 2013

Celebrate Urban Birds workshop participants learn about sound recording
Our Celebrate Urban Birds project is looking for outstanding teens, 12–18 years old, to participate in a workshop about careers in science and conservation. Scholarships are available, and low-income youth are especially encouraged to apply. Interested students may apply here; teachers and chaperones may nominate students here. The workshop is October 24–25; apply by September 20.

The workshop will focus on careers in the sciences, learning about conservation science, and what you can do in your neighborhood to make a difference. In addition, participants will learn about Cornell University and other paths to higher education, explore campus, and eat in the Cornell dining halls. Staff from seven departments at the Cornell Lab will share their expertise and time.

Students will:
•    explore career paths in conservation, science, and the arts
•    learn how they can make a difference in their neighborhood
•    explore how the arts are used to mobilize communities
•    learn about cutting-edge conservation science research
•    explore the value of participatory science and critical thinking
•    learn the power of graphic design and data visualizations
•    meet people who have made careers out of love for the arts, conservation, and science

Once we receive your nomination or application, we will contact you to schedule a phone conversation. Youth will need to travel to Cornell with an adult chaperone (funds for chaperones will be included in scholarships if possible).

Please note that owing to funding, we can offer full scholarships only to students from the Northeast; and partial scholarships for other regions. The Northeast includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

For further questions, please email or call 607-254-2455.

(Photo: Past workshop participants learn about sound recording. Photo by Marta del Campo/Cornell Lab.)


  • Grant Willis

    We’re offering full scholarships to low-income teens in the northeastern United States (see a full list of these states here ). These scholarships cover travel, accommodation, food, and workshop expenses, and are available to students who are eligible for reduced/free meals at school. We accept both applications from you, the student, or nominations from an educator or chaperone who would like to bring outstanding youth to our attention. You can access the student application form here and the educator/chaperone nomination form here .

  • Nicole Richardson

    Is this event exclusive to those who live in the United States, and geared entirely towards careers and futures for those in the U.S? I am interested, but live in Southern Ontario.

  • Karen Purcell

    Hi Nicole,
    No, the workshop is definitely not geared entirely towards careers and futures in the U.S! We are a bit constrained because of limited funding but southern Ontario would definitely qualify. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns: