"Youth College" Students
Conduct Science Research at Princeton University

8-21-09


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- This summer, 20 students from Mercer County Community College's James Kerney Campus Youth College participated in the Princeton University Materials Academy (PUMA). The three-week science enrichment program targets underrepresented high school students in Trenton and surrounding districts. The program is made possible by the federally-funded Upward Bound program, which prepares economically disadvantaged high school students for college and career opportunities.
Through hands-on, inquiry-based activities, Youth College students examined advancements in cancer research, nano-technology, materials science and water filtration with researchers from the Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM). Participants also attended lectures on the Princeton campus.
"The goal is expose these youngsters to various facets of science, math and technology," said Donald Davis, director of MCCC's Youth College programs. "They were very excited about what they learned. PUMA is helping to increase the numbers of at-risk students who consider science as a career field."
In addition to the Upward Bound program, MCCC's James Kerney Campus administers the GEAR UP and SMILE programs and the Talent Search program. GEARUP and SMILE is a 20-week program designed to stimulate the interests of minority youngsters in math, science and computer technology. Talent Search, for ages 12 and up, offers tutoring, academic, career, personal and financial aid counseling, as well as job site and college visits for approximately 800 students each year.

Teens who participate in MCCC's Youth College during their three-week science program at Princeton University.
Teens are suited up for a science experiment at Princeton University.

MCCC's Youth College at the James Kerney Campus

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