National Geographic to host Young Explorers Grant workshop at Cornell

National Geographic Young Explorers
Grant Workshop at Cornell

For release: September 4, 2012

WHAT: Students and young explorers ages 18-25 who want to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects are invited to the Cornell campus for a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant Workshop. Meet National Geographic grantees, explorers, conservationists, and researchers—and learn how to apply for National Geographic grants. The workshop is hosted by National Geographic's Dr. John Francis, Vice President, Research, Conservation and Exploration, and Rebecca Martin, Director, Expeditions Council.

The October 13 workshop is free for students, including breakfast and lunch. Details and registration information:
Schedule includes:
Welcome Reception: Check-in and light breakfast
Morning Session: Introduction to National Geographic. Presentations by outstanding young explorer grantees. Advice on the elements of a good grant application and why many applications miss the mark.
Afternoon Idea Pitch Session: Time to share ideas for field projects in breakout groups with National Geographic grantees and staff
Evening Lecture Presentation: At 7:30 p.m. in the Statler Audorium, Cornell Lab of Ornithology scientist Edwin Scholes and National Geographic photojournalist Timothy Laman will share highlights of their expeditions to New Guinea to collect images and video of all 39 species of the birds-of-paradise. Free and open to the public.
WHERE:  Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, The Statler Hotel Auditorium
WHEN:  Saturday, October 13, 2012,  Registration opens at 9:45 a.m., Workshop concludes at 3:00 p.m.

HOW: Details and registration information:
About the National Geographic Society Young Explorers grants program
An initial grant from National Geographic helped launch the careers of many of the Society’s, and our planet’s, most renowned explorers. Young Explorers Grants offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs. These grants help cover field project costs for hard-working, passionate, creative individuals with great ideas. We are committed—as we have been for more than a century—to supporting new generations of archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, conservationists, ecologists, geographers, geologists, marine scientists, adventurers, storytellers and pioneers. For more information on the Young Explorers grants, please visit
Kelsey Flora, National  Geographic
(202) 828-8023
Pat Leonard, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
(607) 254-2137
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a membership institution dedicated to interpreting and conserving the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Visit the Cornell Lab’s website at

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