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

TERFers spend nostalgic night at Shaw

After the symposium, the TERFers carpooled over to Shaw Nature Reserve for an overnight at the Dana Brown Education Center. We reacquainted ourselves with Lee Lodge and then headed over to the Assembly Building for dinner with the SIFTers and some favorite scientists.

The Le
e Lodge living room taken over by TERFers.

Aileen Abbott serves up some vittles for TERFer Pete McCall.

Dr. Brian Allan (right) joins TERFer Will Kleine and SIFTer Amy
Dai for yet another fine meal at Shaw.

TERF 2009-10

Back row: Emily Stein, Cassandra Galluppi, Josef Kanak, Hannah Bailey, Will Kleine, Asad Helal, Katie Seidler (TERF staff), Pete McCall, Ellie Stoops, Mary Bujnak
Front row: Tess Rogers, Susan Flowers (project director), Ashaki Hall
Not pictured: Yanwen You, Jenise Davie, Crystal Crawford, Miranda Dust, Katherine Brinker, Shayla Mulhern

The famous TERF cake! (Many thanks to the Kanak family!)

Shaw volunteer Holly guides us through some celestial observations and makes sure we know how to find the North Star. (And, we will never forget that a nebula is a gaseous cluster that makes baby stars.)

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