Rogers Explorers in last year’s program work on a science project.

Sixty-one students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky are on the campuses of Lindsey Wilson College and the University of the Cumberlands this week for the start of the 2013 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.

“We are looking forward to this year’s Rogers Explorers program,” said Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator for The Center for Rural Development, which sponsors the program for middle school graduates. “Students will experience one-of-a-kind opportunities in the fields of math and science.”

Rogers Explorers spend three days and two nights on a college campus developing their leadership skills all while exploring their interests in some of today’s top in-demand careers.

Through hands-on experiments and classroom instruction, students are encouraged to begin building their future careers in math, science, and technology.

Students apply as eighth-graders and attend during the summer months before the start of their freshman year.

“As they prepare to enter high school in the fall, students will have a better understanding of the many career possibilities that await them if they excel in math and science,” Stephens said.

The first summer session of the 2013 Rogers Explorers program will be held June 2-4 at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia and June 5-7 on the campus of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.

Other summer sessions are planned for July 21-23 on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and July 24-26 at Morehead State University in Morehead.

For more information about the Rogers Explorers program, contact Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000 or email