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, January 27, 2013

SIFT & TERF Winter Weekend 2013

The TERFers hosted their own research symposium on Saturday, January 26 in the Living Learning Center at Tyson.  The supportive audience included friends and family members, research mentors, SIFTers and SIFT staff, WUSTL undergrads, and even high school biology teachers.

After the very successful series of poster talks and slide presentations, the TERFers headed to Shaw for the Winter Weekend overnight.  They shared field stories with the SIFTers, played card games late into the night, and enjoyed each others' company in one last TERFy hurrah!

A packed house!
Kathleen Endicott presenting on fire ecology research.
Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Rae Crandall gives Kathleen a thumbs up!
Maddie Willis explains research in Tyson's experimental glades.
Mike Grupe, Lutheran High School North, and Val Mertz, Marquette High School, came to cheer on their biology students in the TERF program.
Lots of smiles after the presentations were over.
SIFTers listening to Dr. James Trager, restoration biologist at Shaw Nature Reserve and SIFT instructor.
TERFers Jacqueline Sotraidis (r) shares some of her favorite TERF moments with SIFTers.
Every TERF cohort finds a different way to spend the wee hours of the night during the Winter Weekend.  This year it is all about card games.
Hugs all around at the end of the TERF program for 2012-13.