Only 15 students in the entire state, including senior Elliott Tanner of Starr’s Mill High, can lay claim to being a 2010 Promising Scholar, according to the University of Georgia.
The university’s Honors Program’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) sent invitations to Georgia’s most academically outstanding high school seniors for a two-day campus visit. The visit included roundtable and panel discussions about academic and research expectations and attendance to the CURO symposium where more than 200 UGA undergraduates presented their research projects.
Promising Scholars include students who excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as the arts, humanities and social sciences. Tanner says the experience has opened his eyes to the importance of research.
“I did not realize how important research is to the college experience until I saw it in action at the CURO symposium. Not only does research allow you to focus on something about which you have a strong interest, but also it allows you to see what working in a particular field really entails,” he explained.