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UConn Battle Goes on for 13-Year-Old Prodigy



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    Colin Carlson has filed an age discrimination case against UConn because he was denied a field study trip to Africa.

    Colin Carlson’s 13, a UConn sophomore and a nationally recognized scholar. What he’s not is in South Africa on a school-sponsored trip to do fieldwork study on animals.

    The school would not allow him to go on that trip. In March, he filed a complaint with the university’s Office of Diversity and Equity and with the U.S Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

    He accused the school of discriminating against him because of his age.

    More than two months after filing it, Carson’s lawyer Michael Agranaff said, UConn is not cooperating with requests.

    Agranaff asked that Carlson get full credit for the course and the financial equivalent to grant funding he would have received.

    University spokesman Michael Kirk says the university's Office of Civil Rights is investigating and the school is cooperating.

    Carlson, a double ecology, evolutionary biology major, started studying at UConn at the very early age of 9 and says he is losing time in his four-year plan for college.