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, September 16, 2010

Fall TERFy Activities

The school year is in finally in full swing and with that comes the inevitable filling up of student calendars with homework, projects, and extracurricular activities. I realize we are asking a lot of our TERFers to stay engaged with the TERF program after the excitement of the summer internship work is over...

But, that being said, I've managed to get some responses from the Cohort 2 TERFers via a Doodle. (Cool tool for finding the best times to meet.) Here are some activities scheduled for the very near future:

Saturday, September 25th, 1:00-4:00 pm

The plan for our first fall meeting is to use the Tyson LLC computer lab to get started on a few collaborative research communication posters to be included in a symposium at Wash U. We will need to decide which research projects we would like to focus on and then divvy up the work of crafting text, selecting photos, doing the layout, etc.

Saturday, October 9th, 1:00-4:00 pm

Second meeting to keep the ball rolling on the posters...

Saturday, October 23rd

Undergraduate Research Symposium at Washington University Danforth Campus
  • 10:00 am poster set up - we will help the Undergraduate Research Office get posters attached to display boards
  • 12:00 noon symposium - we will take turns standing by our posters and walking around to view other posters (especially those of the undergrads we worked with at Tyson during the summer!)
We are very fortunate to be allowed to participate in this symposium. The Cohort 1 TERFers did attend the event last year, but did not have posters ready in time. It will be a great opportunity to see how undergraduate students present their research to the university community and to practice our own poster talks.

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