Salish Sea STaRS

Student Training as Research Scientists

Inquiry-based Lessons, Field Research Training, Advocacy Work, Culminating Project, and more.

 

Students - We want you to help us collect data for the Salish Sea! 

 

STaRS provides motivated students with the opportunity to collect data for community-based marine science research projects.

A year long marine science research training program for motivated and passionate students ending in a culminating project.

STaRS provides a meaningful, hands-on experience in marine field research.

 

Students will work in groups no larger than 5 with one of our personnel + help from a local marine scientist. 

Applications are open January 1 - February 1.

This is a very competitive process. 

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 with the goal of stimulating interest in a future career in the field of marine conservation science.  

 

To develop student comfort in an academic and professional setting, as well as provide resources that can ensure higher education success.

 

The general philosophy is to increase participation of first generation college students and underrepresented minorities in a research experience in order

Objectives:

  • Field research and data collection experience in marine science

  • Marine science and conservation career exploration

  • provides the experience and exposure to the tools, techniques, and mentors. 

  • Understand how science and research can influence policy and action steps for conservation

  • Explore future careers in related fields

  • Analyze a range of issues such as environmental changes, human impacts on the ocean, and importance of biodiversity

  • Enhance knowledge of marine life in the Salish Sea

  • Evaluate scientific literature

  • Develop communication skills (to be used at the annual symposium)

a love of science to pursue science-related fields - participation is limited by funding resources.

Culminates in giving presentations outlining their research experiences

 

 Our goal is to recruit and train the next generation of marine conservation scientists.

We aim tocrease the participation of female, underrepresented minority and first-generation college-bound students in marine science research

Will involve 3-5 students per res

Qualifications: 

Can stay focused and attentive while observing in the field for 2-3 hours 

Able to spend time reading through research papers and learning how to write one

Able (or willing to learn!) speak in public

Available for ~24 hours of at home work and ~ 40 hours of field work

Output

  • Understand how to figure out current condition

  • Design a community service project that would help improve ____

  • Provide students with experience and exposure to the tools, techniques, and mentors necessary to:

  • Gain field research and data collection experience in marine science

  • Understand how science and research can influence policy and action steps for conservation

  • Explore future careers in related fields

  • Analyze a range of issues such as environmental changes, human impacts on the ocean, and importance of biodiversity

  • Enhance knowledge of marine life in the Salish Sea

  • Evaluate scientific literature

  • Develop communication skills (to be used at the annual symposium)

  • Increase the participation of female, underrepresented minority and first-generation college-bound students in marine science research

  • College Experience

  • Career exploiration

  • Contributes to data for the health of the Salish Sea

  • Experience reading and writing scientific papers

  • Engage withi an elected official

  • Experience presenting

  • how to find and read scientific articles,

  • how to determine the validity of data, and

  • good writing techniques.

his coming summer will involve as many as four students who each will receive a generous stipend while working for 8-10 weeks in local research laboratories under the direct supervision of a mentor.

Participants are paid a stipend and are required to present the results of their research at the end of the summer. Applications are available from December 1 to February 1.

how to find and read scientific articles,

how to determine the validity of data, and

good writing techniques.

summer 2021 research topics

Tufted Puffins

The cost of this 4-week program is $1,900 and covers the following:

  • Daily lunch (CU Boulder campus only); Parking permit or bus pass (CU Anschutz campus only)

  • A stipend for the mentor to offset all costs associated with mentoring

  • A materials fee to offset all lab materials used by participants

  • The cost of a research quality poster to present at the culminating poster session

  • Research Methods class

Research projects are subject to change throughout the spring and early summer and are in no way guaranteed by this list. Science Discovery will do it’s best to match qualified applicants with appropriate mentors, but specific projects can not be guaranteed. The more open applicants are to different fields of study, the better their chances of getting placed.

Admission to the STEM Research Experience is through a competitive application process, and admission decisions are made by CU Science Discovery. Payment will be required upon admittance to the program.

Research projects are subject to change throughout the spring and early summer and are in no way guaranteed by this list. Science Discovery will do it’s best to match qualified applicants with appropriate mentors, but specific projects can not be guaranteed. The more open applicants are to different fields of study, the better their chances of getting placed.

Admission to the STEM Research Experience is through a competitive application process, and admission decisions are made by CU Science Discovery. Payment will be required upon admittance to the program.

Please note: This is not a residential program.

STEPS

1. Choose a research topic to study for a year:

A. Fins - Marine Mammals + Water Quality

B. Feathers - Tufted Puffins and Marine Birds + Forage Fish

C. To come: Intertidal + Ocean Acidification and Marine Debris Survey

 

Applicants must be at least 16 years old by June 1, before the Summer Research Program for Students begins, be currently classified as a junior, and be enrolled in high school. All citizens or nationals of the United States or those eligible to work in the United States are eligible regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, or disability. This experience is intended to give students the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in a modern biomedical research laboratory, so students with prior research experience are not eligible.

Applicants must have completed their sophomore year in high school by the start of the summer program, and/or be a current junior or senior in high school at the time of application.

Sample Timeline

Tufted Puffins

January 1 - February 1 - Applications are open

 

February - March

Zoom kick off - 1 hour

Zoom - how to read scientific journal articles

Paper Writing

Present findings from scientific journals

Data collection Training

April - September 

Data collection once a month, on the water with focus group (3-5 hours)

October -December

Visit to elected official 

Culminating project prep

January 

Project presentations