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 20, 2013

SIFT dinner with scientists

This SIFTers of summer 2013 continued the Thursday night training week tradition of "Dinner with Scientists", a night when field biologists at various stages in their careers visit the students to discuss what they do, how they got there, and what they'll do next. This gives the SIFTers an opportunity to hear about the field, get advice about education, and ask their own questions.


Dr. James Trager photobombs a happy moment between Cassandra Galluppi (WUSTL undergrad and SIFT&TERF alumna), SIFT instructor Aileen Abbott, and Emily Stein (WUSTL undergrad and SIFT&TERF alumna).

The panel introductions

Paleoethnobotanist Dr. Catrina Adams visits with SIFTers.  As a former SIFT instructor, Catrina always agrees to participate in "Dinner with Scientists".

A pair of SIFT&TERF alumnae who are now seniors at Washington University share their stories of continued involvement in field research at Tyson Research Center.

Chris Maussert-Mooney, field technician at Tyson Research Center, explains his work on the experimental glades and upcoming plans for graduate school.



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