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, June 7, 2012

TERF Takes Over Tyson in Summer 2012

With TERF being in its 4th year of the program, it is exciting to know that many former TERFers are still involved in ecology research. During this field season, there are more than just Cohort 4 TERFers wandering through Tyson.

This year there are 4 generations of TERF students. On top of the 11 new TERFers from Cohort 4, there are 2 "Uber-TERFers" returning from Cohort 3: Brendan Hellebusch and Sarah Harrington. Brendan has been working with Tiffany Knight in the prairie this summer while Sarah has been working in the Forest Ecology Dynamics Plot with Jonathon Meyers.

Returning from Cohort 2 there is: Chloe Pinkner, Jessica Plaggenberg, Taylor Rohan, and Alex Samuels. Chloe is currently working with the Aquatic Team on various research projects. Jessica has returned as the 2012 TERF Intern and is assisting Susan Flowers on a number of projects. And for the third summer in a row, Alex and Taylor are back as technicians for Tiffany Knight in the prairie.

Finally, there is Cassandra Galluppi from the very first cohort of TERF. She is an undergraduate student at Washington University who is currently working on her own project with the Glade Team.

This really shows how this program is helping students get excited about and involved in research projects. It will be fun to see how the summer plays out with 4 generations of TERF swarming Tyson!

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