Viera’s Meikle accepted to prestigious UF summer science program

Student needs to raise $4,800 to attend


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Viera High junior Steven Meikle has been accepted into the University of Florida's Student Science Training Program, but needs to raise $4,800 to attend.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy Steven Meikle

Steven Meikle’s passion for science started growing around the age of 6, when his father would bring him some electrical or optical kits to work on.

Imagine how excited the Viera High junior was when he found out he had been accepted into the Student Science Training Program at the University of Florida this summer.

“When I got accepted, I was completely astounded,” Meikle said. “I was in complete disbelief.”

The seven-week residential research program is geared toward rising seniors who are considering medicine, math, computer, science or engineering careers. Students get to work with a faculty mentor for 28 hours a week, attend a lecture series on current research topics and take part in a UF honors seminar class. Competition for one of the spots is fierce and some of the best students in the nation apply

Students who have taken part in the program have gone on to attend UF and another prestigious universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Johns Hopkins and Stanford.

Meikle, who has been conducting science research for four years and has done some regulated research at Florida Tech, believes the experience of attending the UF summer program could help him immensely for university-level research.

“This program is really going to help me with the continuation of my science research project,” he said. “… I’ll be able use top-notch, high tech, amazing (equipment). That’s always exciting.”

In order to attend the program, Meikle needs to raise $4,800 by April 20.

He is asking the community for help. He has created a GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/uf-sstp where you can read about his story and learn more about his science research project.

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