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 25, 2016

TERF Symposium

The TERF Symposium was Saturday, January 23 in the Living Learning Center at Tyson. There were well over 90 attendees including TERFer parents and family members, teachers, friends, SIFTers, Shaw education staff, SIFT & TERF alumni, and wonderful scientist mentors from the Tyson community.

Turtle Team TERFer Katie Buatois explains her box turtle health research to SIFT director Lydia Toth.

Natural Enemies TERFer Jenita Larry describes her plant functional traits data to SIFTers.

Plant Invaders TERFer Aspen Workman explains the design of her research into the fitness of related exotic and native plant species.

Turtle Team TERFer Bailee Warsing shows how to safely hold a box turtle.

Plant Invaders TERFer Elizabeth Poor discusses how the functional traits of invasive thistle, Carduus nutans, differ from native prairie plants.

Jenita Larry is congratulated by Kathi Beyer, external evaluator for the SIFT and TERF programs.

Kathi Beyer and SIFT instructor Aileen Abbott are thrilled to get updates from SIFT & TERF alumni Chloe Pinkner (second from left) and Adam Vorel (right).

Team Tick-quito TERFer Lexie Beckermann shares her research on the effects of resource abundance on invasive and native mosquitos.

TERFer Lexie Beckermann shares her research with SIFTer Hayley Huntley.

Turtle Team TERF mentors Sharon Deem (center) and Stephen Blake (right) talk with a TERF parent.

SIFTers Lydia Young (left) and Aleah Brooks (center) share a laugh.

Turtle Team TERFers Bailee Warsing and Katie Buatois gave a formal slide presentation about their summer research and reflected on the TERF experience.

Plant Invaders TERFer Aspen Workman shared thoughts about how participating in TERF has influenced future plans.

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