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

SIFT Orientation: Cohort 5

Earlier today, Shaw Nature Reserve hosted the 5th SIFT orientation. This year there will be 42 students from 26 different schools in the St. Louis area participating in SIFT. At this year's orientation the incoming students were introduced into what the SIFT/TERF program is. Shaw staff as well as Susan Flowers, SIFT/TERF project director, and Lauren Woods, WashU graduate student and TERF T.A., were all present for the orientation. Students were introduced to what they would be encountering this summer and what they would need to be prepared for. The SIFT week long training sessions begin June 11th and 18th. After seeing all the excited faces today, it looks like it will be a good summer for the SIFT program!

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