I am beginning to feel better about the recruitment efforts over the last few weeks. My phone is starting to ring quite a bit. Calls from both parents and teachers wanting more information and to know if it is too late to start the application process. Even a couple of calls from the students themselves. (Gold star!)
Right now I have 19 files started and have some additional names to look for as more applications come in. We will definitely fill the two summer sessions. Whew!
One of the lessons we are learning about recruitment for K-12 students is that the word gets around after the first programming year. The piles of applications coming in for the Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp right now! We struggled to fill some of our participant categories in the camp's first year and now we can't keep up with the daily mail drop.
So, I anticipate really hitting the jackpot with applications next year at this time. Or we won't, and I'll be out at different schools every day grabbing kids out of biology classrooms and making them fill out applications... :)
This educational collaboration between Washington University's Tyson Research Center and the Missouri Botanical Garden's Shaw Nature Reserve is designed to engage St. Louis area high school students in scientifically-based exploration of the natural world. Linked programs of field training (SIFT) and field research (TERF) provide teenagers with experiences that realistically reflect research in environmental biology. Participating teens learn a variety of field investigation skills and then have the opportunity to put those new skills to work assisting career scientists with real research projects.