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Local High School Students Present Research Results

Saturday, July 29, 2006

High school students study out of school time, FCAT prep, East Tampa and much more.

Rather than the traditional part time job or picnicking at the beach or taking a family vacation, seven local high school students spent their summer learning how to conduct university level research under the auspices of the USF Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities.

Each summer, the Collaborative sponsors the Amy Kohlberg Quinlan Summer Internships in Community Based Research. Members of the 2006 youth research team studied a different aspect of social capital, which is defined as the positive social connections that people can draw on to solve individual common problems.

Selected from a field of nearly 50 applicants, the 2006 interns were Sundus Alsharif, Freedom High School; Amani Edwards, Thomas Jefferson High School; Angel Everett, C. Leon King High School International Baccalaureate Program; Brelin Luster, George S. Middleton High School; Abhinav Patel, C. Leon King High School International Baccalaureate Program; Ricardo Pena, George S. Middleton High School and Jonathan Porat, Hillsborough High School International Baccalaureate Program.

Presented to the community on July 28, at the Children’s Board of Tampa, the interns’ findings focused on various aspects of social capital and included PowerPoint Presentations on:

As part of the internship project, students Jonathan Porat and Ricardo Pena collaborated on a publication titled Building Communities in the Classroom: A Handbook on the Integration of Social Capital into FCAT Preparation, which was also featured at the final presentation.

View PowerPoint Presentations, click here.

View 2006 Summer Research Internship program, click here

View Building Communities in the Classroom: A Handbook on the Integration of Social Capital into FCAT Preparation, click here.

Read 08-03-06 article in The Tampa Tribune, “High School Students Seek Ways to Promote Social Issues,” click here.

Read previous article, “2006 Summer Interns—A Voyage of Discovery,” click here.

Listen to a report from WUSF-FM University Beat on the summer interns, click here.

http://www.usfcollab.usf.edu/newsdetail.cfm?newsID=45

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