The Young Scholars Summer Research Institute is a three-week program that provides middle and high-school students enrolled in Durham Public Schools (DPS) in Durham, North Carolina, with training to enhance their writing, research, and presentation skills. The program is sponsored by the Samuel Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University in partnership with Durham Public Schools (DPS). In keeping with the Samuel DuBois Cook Center's central mission as a community of scholars engaged in the study of the causes and consequences of inequality, program participants will explore curriculum related to the economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions of inequality. The program's main focus is on the development of the students' research, writing, presentation, and critical-inquiry skills, culminating in a capstone presentation of the student's individual research projects.The 2017 Young Scholars Summer Research Institute will be held July 10th-July 28th, 2017. The capstone conference will take place on Monday, July 31st, 2017. The Young Scholars Summer Research Institute 2017 application for new and returning students can be accessed below. All 2017 Young Scholars Summer Research Institute applications must be completed and submitted by Friday, May 26th. Notification of application status for the 2017 Young Scholars Summer Research Institute will be shared Friday, June 2nd, 2017.