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.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

TERF Symposium

Saturday, January 17 was the TERF Symposium. We had close to 100 attendees in the Living Learning Center, including parents, siblings, friends, prospective SIFTers and their families, Tyson researchers and TERF mentors, teachers, undergrads in the Wash U Practical Skills course, 21 SIFTers, and SIFT staff.

Clayton Hillerman and Adam Vorel couldn't make the fall symposium at Washington University, so they had to get a posed picture with their work here.
Alex presents his research to his biology teacher, Laura Montgomery.
Cassandra Galluppi (left, SIFT & TERF Cohort 1) and Holly Bernardo (right), technicians on the invasive plants and glade teams, respectively, came out to support their TERFers.
In addition to presenting posters, several of the TERFers gave presentations, both about their research...

...and their TERF experiences.

Adam talked about how his experiences at Tyson over multiple years helped him realize his desire to become a high school biology teacher.
The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. The day was a wonderful capstone to an excellent year for the TERFers.

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