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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

First TERF Symposium is amazing success!

On Saturday, January 30th, ~60 visitors to Tyson Research Center attended the TERF 2009-10 Symposium. Family, friends, and teachers supported the TERF teens for their first ever poster session and public presentations. Ten posters were distributed around the Tyson headquarters building with TERFers describing the research projects they assisted on during summer 2009. The poster session was followed by individual presentations on the field internship experience.

Cassandra Galluppi explains the difficulties of corralling caterpillars in the Lespedeza herbivory experiment.

Hannah Bailey visits with her research project mentor, WU graduate student Kristin Powell.

A proud Josef Kanak stands by his poster on glade biodiversity.

Mary Bujnak shares details of the Carlinville, IL pollinator survey work

Asad Helal points out the "tick suits" used in his work.

Ellie Stoops, Ashaki Hall, and Hannah Bailey enjoy the party!

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