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Students who are interested in exploring careers in the Life Sciences are a good fit for New Visions. Whether you are interested in exploring the world of veterinary medicine, evolutionary biology, entomology plant science or some other facet New Visions at Cornell University may be the right fit for you. Life Science students study topics that relate to animal medicine, plants, soil, water, food and fiber and the environment – and that’s just the beginning. We will learn about production, processing, distribution and marketing of the food, fiber, flowers and fuel both in the United States and abroad.
Students come to the program with a variety of interests – some more focused than others. Those who know what area interests them usually spend more time exploring it in more depth, while other students with less focus explore more of a variety of areas. All students, however earn up to six college credits after completing the program – making for a unique senior year.
Students are responsible for managing a demanding and independently-paced workload and have the rare opportunity of working with university researchers and other professionals as they explore their unique interests. One of the highlights of the program is its partnership with Cornell University. Students work closely with researchers and faculty finding themselves immersed in areas that are of interest to them. A student desiring to become a veterinarian can explore a dozen or more sections at the Cornell University Companion and Large Animal Hospitals ranging from surgery to cardiology and may choose to conduct research in veterinary medicine – animal nutrition, for example.
Because of the rigorous nature of the program, classes are taught at the collegiate or honors level, more than qualifying seniors to graduate from high school. To demonstrate the high academic rigor, students can receive up to six college credits through an articulation agreement with Tompkins Cortland Community College. Students receive credit for Environmental Science 101 and Environmental Science 102 upon successful completion of the program. Despite being challenging, New Visions gives students the rare opportunity to explore their own unique career paths and related interests. Some of the more popular areas of concentration are:
Become a Junior Researcher
One of the highlights of the program is an immersion experience with the scientific method. Students conduct authentic scientific research with Cornell University researchers where they are given an opportunity to help solve real-world problems. Some students work on on-going research while others develop their own research question. Some students may have opportunities to have their work published. The capstone experience is participation in an authentic poster session. Some past projects include:
Other projects include the following areas:
International Agriculture and Rural Development
Agricultural Business and Immigrant Labor
Finding a vaccination for Leptospirosis – a deadly disease impacting dogs
Developing rapid testing for animal and human diseases
Plants in Space
Explore Careers in the Real World
New Visions students may choose from a list of established rotations (job shadow experiences / internships) or work with your instructor to arrange those that meet your own unique interests. Many students get hands-on experiences that they would not have in a traditional high school classroom.
Cornell University Hospital for Animals: Students rotate through sections in the Equine and Farm Animal as well as the Companion Animal Hospitals. Departments include: Small & Large animal medicine, Small & large animal surgery, Imaging, Anesthesia, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Farrier, Equine Performance Center, Exotics, Cardiology, Orthopedics. Students shadow veterinarians, Licensed Veterinary Technicians and vet students.
Cornell University Plant Science Department: Tissue Culture. Students learn about modern advances in technology such as tissue culture, gene splicing and introducing genetic variation.
Syracuse Zoo: Students spend a full day working with zookeepers at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse. Placements include the Contact Barn, Small Mammals, Wildlife Trails, Elephants, Birds, Reptiles, Fish and Penguins.
Others have included: Congressman Maurice Hinchey’s Office, If Only (Equine) Farm, Tompkins County Soil & Water Conservation District, Soil Pathology Laboratory, Cornell Animal Science Department, Reynold’s Game Farm
Develop Leadership Skills
As a New Visions student, you will be able to participate in leadership development activities, award programs and scholarship opportunities through the National FFA Organization (visit http://www.ffa.org for more information). Students learn to write and deliver speeches about topics they care about. Additionally, students learn about government by running meetings according to parliamentary procedure, serving on committee meetings and making decisions through consensus decision making. Each class will take a trip to the Oswegatchie Education Center for the Environmental Leadership Program in the Adirondack Mountains.
A large part of this New Visions program is fulfillment of community service projects. The class of 2010 has adopted a highway through the Tompkins County Adopt-a-Highway program, removed invasive honeysuckle from the State Park at Jennings Pond and have plans to participate in stream clean up initiatives, construct an interpretative trail and volunteer at the SPCA just to name a few!New York State Envirothon
Each spring, students test their skills at the New York State Envirothon in Owego. In 2007 the class placed first in Tompkins County and went on to the New York State Envirothon where they placed 17th out of 50 teams. We also have several 2nd & 3rd place finishes in Tompkins County.
Some topics of study:
International Agriculture and Rural Development
Students learn about the problems associated with growing and distributing enough food to feed a hungry planet. They begin their New Visions experience by reading, Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty by Roger Thorow. Their first writing assignment is one that puts them in the running for selection as a delegate to the Global Youth Institute
– a youth program of theWorld Food Prize
held in DesMoine, Iowa each October. There, students interact with world leaders, researchers and policy makers all working to end world hunger and poverty.
Over the past three years, eleven New Visions students: Zoe Anderson (Trumansburg) – 2010, Alyssa Pritts (Trumansburg) – 2011, Ariana Shapiro (Ithaca) – 2011, Luzy Lagoze (Ithaca) – 2012, Luzy Duan (Ithaca) – 2012, Alden Morris (Lansing) – 2013, Sean Lyon (Dryden) – 2013, Maddison McDonald (Lansing) – 2013, and Cynthia Ulbing (Newfield) – 2013, Gabriella Gomez (Ithaca) 2014, and Kerry Mullins (Dryden) 2014 were selected to attend. By attending the Global Youth Institute, students are eligible to apply for the prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Research Internship – an opportunity to conduct scientific research in a foreign country. In 2010, Zoe Anderson was selected to work in Brazil and in 2011, Ariana Shapiro spent 8 weeks in the Philippines. In 2013, Cynthia Ulbing spent the summer conducting research in China.
Past New Visions students have been so inspired to make a difference in this unit of study, they have started a tradition of organizing an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to teach their peers and the community about hunger issues in the world.
Ever seen a bald eagle up close and personal? Imagine surgery on a goldfish? How about an ultrasound on a race horse while it runs on a treadmill? Students with an interest in animal science have the opportunity to intern throughout theCornell’s Companion and Large Animal Hospitals where they shadow some of the country’s best veterinarians. Students watch and learn during surgery, wildlife/exotics, dentistry, radiology, ophthalmology, oncology, and large animal medicine. Students visit the farrier, animal behavior specialists and get to put their hand inside a cow. Students follow cases from admission to discharge often accompanying the animal through x-ray, anesthesia, surgery and recovery. If you’re really into animal medicine, the opportunities to see and experience may even include working with local veterinarians and wildlife rehabilitators.
If kayaking in the Adirondack Mountains, monitoring water quality in area streams, or cleaning up the environment sound like fun to you, then New Visions might be right for you. Students conduct research that makes a difference in the condition of the environment. In addition, students work with Cornell University researchers to develop disease-resistant crops, new varieties of landscaping plants or other important projects aligned with student interests. Classroom projects are conducted throughout the community, the greenhouses on campus. We also have two research plots, one in Buttermilk Falls State Park, the other in Taughannock where we study the impact white-tailed deer have on biodiversity. This project is in collaboration with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
With Cornell University being the #1 agriculture school in the United States, students have a unique opportunity to explore all Cornell has to offer in this area. Most do not realize that agricultural science encompases the study of plants, animals, food, fiber, production, manufacturing, distribution, marketing of food and fiber and examines local, regional, national and international issues surrounding those topics. Agriculture is far more than farming – Today more than 20 percent of jobs fall within the field of agriculture. Students who study agricultural science may examine world issues such as land degradation – a leading cause of world hunger – as well as tissue culture, biotechnology, hydrology, soil fertility and even marketing.
Here is what students have said about the New Visions experience….
“New Visions has given me the opportunity to explore the field of veterinary medicine in a very independent atmosphere.” Jenny Fitzgerald, IHS
“I have never laughed and learned this much in school.” New Visions Student
“My students are prepared for success in college and in life because of this program’s unique ability to connect classroom learning to real life experiences.” Michele Kline, Life Sciences Teacher