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The Governor has expanded the Agriscience section of the Governor's Honors
Program for this coming summer.  We will now have two areas of
instruction.  One will be the Agriscience/Biotechnology, the same as in
the past.  The new program that we will add will be the
Agriscience/Environmental Science.

A new computer version of the GHP application is available.  All students
and their nominating teacher complete the same application.  It has a drop
down box for you to select Agriculture Ed. on one side and then either
Agriscience/Biotechnology or Agriscience/Environmental Science on the
other side.   Your local GHP person in your school can give you this
application.  You can fill it out on the computer, print a copy and have
it signed and turn it back in to your local GHP person.  Your local person
should have it now.  In many cases, you will have to ask them for the
application.  Some seem to leave out Ag. Education when sending out the
applications.  Make sure you request one.

Another important change is that you can now submit three applications per
high school for Agricultural Education.  This is a total of three
applications.  You will have to decide if all three are in the area of
Environmental Science or you break them up with two in Biotechnology and
one in Environmental Sci.  It will depends on the interest of your
students who you are nominating.  But you can only nominate a total of
three students.  If you have more than three that are interested and meet
the criteria below, I would suggest that you have a local elimination.
Many high schools do this for science and the other areas and they can
include your students in this elimination process if you ask.  This way,
you will not have to make the final decision, but an outside committee
would.

We are encouraging all high schools with an Ag. Ed. program to nominate
from one to three students.  The 2006 GHP will begin on June 11 and end on
July 22.  It will once again be housed at Valdosta State University. There
is no cost for a student to attend.   All students you nominate will be
interviewed by a panel of judges on Saturday, February 11 at Clayton State
College near Atlanta.  It is the parents responsibility to get their child
to the interview in February and to and from Valdosta this summer if they
are selected.  Students must be currently in the 10th or 11th grade.
Seniors can not apply.

The following are example of areas will be covered in the new
Agriscience/Environmental Science GHP:

Soils and Hydrology
Forest Science
Forest Management for Wildlife
Maintenance of Natural Resources
Conservation Management
Environmental Issues
Urban and Community Forestry
Environmental Science and Stewardship

These are example of the topics in Agriscience/Biotechnology:

Fundamentals of Agricultural Biotechnology
Agricultural Biotechnology and Its Uses
Genetics and Agricultural Biotechnology
Microbiology and Agricultural Biotechnology
Biochemistry and Agricultural Biotechnology
Laboratory Techniques and Procedures
Crop and Ornamental Horticulture Applications of Biotechnology
Biotechnology Applications in Animal Production
Biotechnology and the Environment
Food Science Applications of Biotechnology

Both programs will focus on applications of biotechnology  and or
environmental sciences in agriculture.  Activities will be organized
around ways that people are likely to encounter biotechnology (such as the
roles of a technician, consumer, researcher, food producer, etc.).
Activities will include opportunities to practice important skills, such
as applying mathematics, practicing communications, performing laboratory
skills, applying the scientific method, conducting Supervised Agricultural
Experiences, and participating in agriscience leadership organizations.

Students nominated should be interested in Agriscience/Biotechnology or
Agriscience/Environmental Science, possess good computer skills, be
creative thinkers, and have good interpersonal skills.  Students should
possess problem solving abilities and be able to effectively research and
critique information.  Students will communicate in a variety of formats
about the results of experiments, data collection, research, or their
opinions on issues.  Students also will design, critique, and perform
experiments.  Career and issues information will be incorporated into each
topic.

Criteria:

Students must be currently in the 10th or 11th grade.  Seniors can not
apply.

Have taken or be currently enrolled in an agricultural education course
such as forestry, horticulture, agriculture, mechanics, animal science,
plant science or agriscience is highly recommended with an awareness and
appreciation of biotechnology or forestry science.

Demonstrate knowledge, interest, and aptitude in an agricultural career
and the ability to communicate in a variety of formats about the results
of experiments, data collection, research, or opinions of agricultural
issues.

Attach a current photograph to their application.

Exhibit evidence of high academic proficiency.  An overall GPA of 3.0 is
recommended with an A in science courses (or B in honors or AP classes)
and an A in agricultural education courses.

Indicate a desire to participate in GHP in Agriscience and Biotechnology.

Exhibit skill in scientific writing and communication. Attach a 300 to 500
word abstract of a current or proposed Agriscience research project.  This
abstract should describe research of genuine interest to the student and
represent research which could feasibly be completed by the student.  (An
abstract is a summary of the important points of the current or proposed
research.  It should include a title and contain (1) a statement of
purpose; (2) why the problem is significant; and, (3) how the problem will
be investigated.)

Please let me know if you have questions on this program.

Blane

Blane Marable
North Region Agricultural Education
201 Four Towers Building, UGA
Athens, GA  30602
706-542-9793
fax: 706-542-9602
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