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, April 28, 2013

SIFT 2013-14 Orientation

The members of SIFT Cohort 6 and their families visited Shaw Nature Reserve on Sunday, April 28.  The SIFT program orientation session included presentations from SIFT program director Lydia Toth and TERF program director Susan Flowers.

The group was pleased to hear some preliminary data about the impact of the combined SIFT and TERF programs on participants.  It is exciting to report that the two programs develop students' awareness of environmental science careers and seriousness of this career pursuit, and increase confidence in completing environmental science activities and college science and math courses.

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