During the summer, teens spend 4 weeks in the field with research scientists. TRC provides a living laboratory with several ongoing large-scale, long-term experiments on issues pertinent to modern environmental problems, including invasive species impacts and eradication, biodiversity and rare species conservation, the ecology of infectious diseases, and habitat restoration.
During the school year following the summer research experience, the teens have continued interaction with project scientists as they work together to develop results from their field research into community presentations. They present scientific posters at the Washington University Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium in October and the TERF Symposium in January.
Additional information about SIFT and TERF can be found on the Washington University Institute for School Partnership website.