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Research Experience for Teachers with The Echinacea Project

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Academic Level:
K-12 Educators

Join our team to investigate ecology, evolution, and conservation biology in fragmented tallgrass prairie under the beautiful skies of Douglas County, Minnesota! We explore biological processes in remnant prairies and collect data in 27 long-term experiments. We conduct cutting-edge research on plant populations, insect communities, pollination, prescribed fires, and prairie management. You will be a part of a diverse science team including professors, teachers, and students (undergraduate, graduate students, and high school). You will develop an independent project by building on this ongoing work or branching out in a new direction. You will return to the classroom with a plan and funding to encourage your students with new techniques and experiences gained in the field.

The Echinacea Project is recruiting an enthusiastic K-12 or community college educator for a paid professional development opportunity researching tallgrass prairie during the summer field season. As an NSF-funded RET (Research Experiences for Teachers) participant, you will gain hands-on experience collecting experimental data, ask novel questions by developing an independent research project, and design a plan to bring scientific concepts and methods into your classroom.

If you are interested in research and collaborating with other scientists, please apply! RET participants will receive a stipend, reimbursement for travel costs, and housing near the field site. We strongly encourage educators from underfunded school districts and educators from groups underrepresented in science to apply.

Participating Institution(s):
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Chicago Botanic Garden (Lead)
College of Wooster
University of Minnesota

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Conservation Biology & Wildlife
Ecology & Evolution
Plant Sciences

Ecological Modeling
Evolutionary Ecology
Human-Environment Interactions
Plant Ecology
Population Ecology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 1/23/2024
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