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 12, 2014

SIFT 2014-15 application is available!

The application for SIFT 2014-15 is now available and we would appreciate your sharing it with high school students who may be interested in the program.

Learn more about the SIFT program and download the SIFT 2014-15 application.

Application deadline: March 28, 2014

Two teacher recommendation letters are required, so plan to request the recommendations well before your spring break

Join us for the TERF Symposium

We are grateful to have strong community support for engaging St. Louis area high school students in authentic ecological research and hope that people are interested in hearing more about the Tyson Environmental Research Fellowships program directly from the participants.

Please join us for the TERF Symposium from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 25 in the Living Learning Center at Tyson Research Center.  

The symposium will include posters and formal presentations by the TERF students about their experiences from summer 2013.
2:00 pm Welcome and refreshments
2:15 pm Opening remarks
2:30 pm Poster session
3:15 pm Presentations
Please RSVP to Susan Flowers ( by Monday, January 20 for driving directions and additional details for entry to Tyson.