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Rogers Scholars
Rogers Scholars

The Rogers Scholars program, named after Congressman Harold Rogers, is two intensive one-week sessions for rising high school juniors from 40 counties in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. It emphasizes technological-skills development and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, leadership and commitment to rural Kentucky. It is managed by the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky. The CAER has participated in the program for several years. The students choose a "major" and experts are brought in from corresponding professions to lecture and train students in the areas. The CAER participated in this to a great extent by both calling on several of the university's engineering departments and by supplying our own members for projects such as a series of scientific experiments performed by scientists who travel to the group and set up experiments, in which the students participate.One lecture/ laboratory was taught by members of the Waste Management Group in which they demonstrated wet beneficiation processes for fly ash. Another session was taught by members of the Carbon Materials Group, where they made "slime" out of polymers. Both sessions were quite successful - and a lot of fun for the students and researchers alike.