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.

Monday, January 4, 2016

SIFT 2016-17 application is available!





A total of 318 students from 65 separate high schools have participated in SIFT since 2008 and we are committed to continued participant representation across the diverse communities of St. Louis.


The new on-line application for SIFT 2016-17 is available! 

The first page of the application includes details of the program and key dates. Our primary target is current 10th graders, but we will also consider applications from 9th and 11th graders.

We would appreciate your sharing the application link with high school students who may be interested in exploring environmental field research as a possible career!

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