2017 IBSC Student Forum

Beyond Discovery: Investigation and Progress

23 – 28 June 2017
The Boys' Latin School of Maryland and Gilman School
Baltimore, Maryland, United States


The Student Forum application process is now closed.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ibsc@theibsc.org.

In conjunction with the IBSC Annual Conference, the 2017 IBSC Student Forum takes place 23-28 June, at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland and Gilman School, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

This year students at the forum will explore the theme Beyond Discovery: Investigation and Progress. Many important challenges are complex in nature, involving multiple stakeholders, each with their own interests and ideas for how to tackle the problem. How can myriad groups with differing views come together to reach a solution? Indeed, is it even possible to craft solutions to all problems?

Join us to examine social and environmental issues facing society in general and Baltimore in particular. Rather than focus on solutions, we aim to investigate these problems, framing issues from multiple angles and getting perspectives from different groups with varying viewpoints. Student delegates will weigh these viewpoints and consider how to make progress, however slow it might be. Finally, students will use what they learn about complex problems and challenges to propose an innovative way to make progress on an issue in their own communities.

Applying for the IBSC Student Forum

In addition to questions about their background, awards, work experience, service experience, and other basic information, applicants answer essay questions related to this year’s theme. Limit responses to 225 words.

The three essay questions are:

  1. Name a social or environmental issue that you care about, and explain what makes it so important. What are some of the complexities that surround this issue? What should we do about it?
  2. Thinking about your answer to question one, how might someone who views the issue differently attempt to solve the same problem? Where might you agree or disagree? Can both solutions work?
  3. Briefly explain why you want to participate in the IBSC Student Forum. What would you expect and hope to gain from participating in this program?

Taken together, questions one and two get at the heart of this year’s theme. These will start the thought process in applicants that we seek to cultivate during the IBSC Student Forum.

Consult Application Process for student nomination and application details. Please note the Student Forum application process is now closed. For additional information, review:

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