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.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

TERF Orientation: Cohort 4

It's unbelievable that we just had the 4th TERF Orientation today out at Tyson Research Center. All but one of the 16 new TERFers were able to make it for the annual orientation in the Living Learning Center classroom. It sure was exciting to see all the new and familiar faces there. During the hour and a half long orientation, Cohort 4 TERFers and their parents were giving an overview of the program and what their summers would look like. Susan Flowers welcomed the group and gave some background on Tyson Research Center. After going over logistics and basic TERF information, Susan introduced the TERF Teaching Assistant, Lauren Woods. Lauren talked to the participants  about the importance of scientific integrity when assisting with someone's research project. All in all, the orientation went smoothly, and everyone seemed excited to get ready! Just one more month until it all gets started!

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