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.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tis the Season to be Report Writing...

The official year one progress report on our ISE project is due to the National Science Foundation on November 30. So, obviously my thoughts are consumed by this right now!

Report writing can be tedious, as you have to find a way to pull a year's worth of programming data together. But, it is a fantastic challenge and it gives you the ability to see the big picture. All of the plans coming together. All of the hard work paying off.

Looking back over the previous blog entries has really been helpful while working on the report! I wish there had been more time for me to capture our thoughts in this way. I can really see the holes in between the blog entries at the end of the summer and during this fall. Now that I have experienced the blog on the project as an effective tool for thought process capture, I will try to make a pronounced effort to keep up.

(Yeah, right. We'll see...)