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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