Global Challenges Summer Camp: Environmental Innovation and Leadership

Global Challenges Summer Camp: Environmental Innovation and Leadership

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University Honors Program and College of Arts and Science's Pre-College Institute

The Global Challenges Summer Camp is an opportunity for high school students to engage with environmental issues by creating community with faculty members, college mentors, and elementary-aged youth in Lincoln. Since the best way to learn is to teach, high school students will work alongside UNL students to create hands-on activities and appropriate environmental lessons to help Nebraska youth understand environmental challenges and become environmental stewards.

Additionally, campers will learn how to engage in advocacy work to promote a more sustainable world.

As a member of the Global Challenges Summer Camp, you will:

  • Start each day with a "spark talk" about a new environmental issue, topic, or challenge
  • Learn beginner language skills in one of three strategic languages: Chinese, Russian, or Spanish
  • Visit Reller Prairie to see sustainability in action
  • Engage in discussions, simulations, and hands-on workshops
  • Mentor K-5 youth from Lincoln Community Learning Centers
  • Learn about the college application process
  • Connect with local activists and UNL faculty members
  • Belong to a community of students who are highly motivated and enjoy intellectual challenges
  • Collaborate with Nebraska Honors Students
  • Create a research project proposal or an Honors club
  • Discover the ongoing sustainability efforts and challenges in Nebraska
  • Express your passion through art and advocacy

Fast Facts

  • When: July 17-30, 2022
  • Where: University of Nebraska - Lincoln campus with field trips to Reller Prairie Field Station
    • Residential students will be housed in Knoll Residential Center
    • Commuter students will return home each night
  • Cost: $1,500 for residential students, $1,000 for commuter students
    • Cost covers: three meals a day, all camp activities, and housing for residential campers
  • Scholarships: Need-based scholarships are available. Click here to apply.
  • Eligibility: Rising high school juniors and seniors Capacity: 40 students

Questions? Reach out to Amelia-Marie Altstadt (altstadt@unl.edu, 402-472-2023).

Application Instructions & Deadlines

Prospective Students

This camp is intended for rising high school juniors and seniors who:

  • Have a passion for environmental policy and/or science.
  • Are interested in learning a new language to spark a global conversation.
  • Want to create cross-generational community and to serve as mentors for future leaders.

To apply, complete the following steps:

  • Request the most recent version of your unofficial, high school transcript. In 300 words or less, write up your answer to the question:
    • "Why do you hope to attend this camp and what do you hope to to learn?" Complete the camp application here.
  • If applicable, apply for a need-based scholarship here.

Questions? Reach out to Amelia-Marie Altstadt (altstadt@unl.edu, 402-472-2023).

We encourage applications from students of all backgrounds, experiences and identities. We especially encourage students from racial and ethnic minorities, students who are the first in their family to apply to college, and students who face economic challenges accessing high education and opportunities such as this one, LGBTQA+ identified students.

Applications OpenApplication Deadline*Notification DateRegistration Fee Due
February 2022 Monday, May 23rd, 2022 Tuesday May 24, 2022 Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

Need-based scholarship applications are also due on May 23 and their notification date is May 24.

*Deadline extended from original deadline of April 15.

Faculty Mentors for the Global Challenges Summer Camp

Kim Morrow

Kim Morrow

Camp Director, Author, Lincoln's Climate Action Plan

Expertise in:

  • Climate action and resilience planning
  • Sustainability planning and implementation
  • Sustainable behavior change program design
Patrice McMahon

Patrice McMahon

University Honors Program Director & Professor of Political Science

Sophia Perdikaris

Sophia Perdikaris

Director of the School of Global Integrated Studies & Professor of Anthropology

Nora Martin Peterson

Nora Martin Peterson

Associate Professor of French Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Kathleen Lodl

Kathleen Lodl

Associate Dean of Nebraska Extension and Nebraska 4-H Program Leader

Daizaburo Shizuka

Daizaburo Shizuka

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

John P. Carroll

John P. Carroll

Director of the the School of Natural Resources

Tamy Burnett

Tamy Burnett

University Honors Program Associate Director

Rebecca Baskerville

Rebecca Baskerville

University Honors Program Associate Director

Jacob Schlange

Jacob Schlange

University Honors Program Assistant Director

Amelia-Marie Altstadt

Amelia-Marie Altstadt

University Honors Program Coordinator