2020 Summer Research Program

Program Overview

Get curious with a fun project this summer!

How it works: Research and the process of discovering the unknown is one of the most exciting parts of the sciences. During the Headwaters Summer Research Program, you will engage in this very process by conducting your very own original research and submitting your discoveries to a science journal for publication. To guide you through this rewarding process, you will be paired with a Headwaters staff scientist mentor.

Note: this camp is currently underway. Check back in late summer 2020 for details about our fall program.

Camp Details

Location: ONLINE

2020 Camp DatesJun 22 – July 31, 2020

Cost: $700

Scholarships:
We have reserved 2-3 slots for scholarship participants. You can apply here for a scholarship, and will be notified with a private registration link if you are selected. You do not need to register now. See more details below:

-Applications accepted until June 8th
-2-3 slots are available on top of our paid registrants
-Scholarships are a mix of fully funded and 1/2 funded tuition. Award and will be determined based on need and number of applicants.

Accepted applicants will be notified June 12, 2020. Slots on top of the sold out sessions have been reserved for scholarship participants. You will be notified when to register if you are selected.

Drop off: NA

Pick up: NA

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General Camp Outline

Overview

Research and the process of discovering the unknown is one of the most exciting parts of the sciences. During the Headwaters Summer Research Program, you will engage in this very process by conducting your very own original research and submitting your discoveries to a science journal for publication. To guide you through this rewarding process, you will be paired with a Headwaters staff scientist who is experienced not only in research publications but also in mentoring students like yourself. You will emerge as an expert in your chosen field of study with a polished account of your findings and the skills to conduct your own future investigations. This program will give you comparable experiences to those in an upper-level college course and is a great addition to college applications. This program will give you the tools to make the jump from someone who reads about others’ discoveries to a contributor to the world’s body of scientific knowledge. 

What To Expect

Through group lessons and one-on-one sessions with your assigned scientist mentor, you will ask an original research question, design and conduct an experiment to test that question, analyze your data, and submit a manuscript to a youth-specific scientific journal to be considered for publication. Just like all Scientific research, this will involve creative thinking, trial and error, and 2-3 hours of independent work per hour of instruction.

Sample Study Topics

While there are many different topics participants can create a great research project around, here are a few systems our team of scientists enjoys studying:

Urban environments: How do organisms function in heavily impacted environments?
Microclimates: How do microclimates differ around a certain area? Does it affect what is found there?
Water quality: Sources of pollution and their impacts in your neighborhood.
Human impact: How do we affect the environments around us?
Entomology: Insect behavior and biodiversity.
Organism responses to the environment: How do plants, insects, or birds respond to different environmental cues?

Meet The Mentors

Spencer Eusden – Group lesson lead and mentor – Spencer has been teaching
with Headwaters since its inception in 2014 and has experience guiding student
research projects in almost any topic imaginable.
Meg Seifert Ph.D. – In addition to being Headwaters’ Executive Director, Meg brings research experience in zoology from her doctorate and a passion for student-led research.
Dan Dudek – Dan holds a masters in evolutionary biology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is entering a Ph.D. program at the University of Texas Arlington with extensive amphibian and genetic research experience.
Ashley Pierce Ph.D. – As a former Headwaters Program Director and current science and technology policy fellow with the National Science Foundation (N.S.F.) Ashely brings her strong background in chemistry and atmospheric pollutants to
this program.
N.O.A.A Research Scientists – Several scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will also be serving as mentors sharing their knowledge and experience in studying weather, microclimates, and how they affect us.

Dates And Sessions

JUNE 22-JULY 31
Week 1: 3 sessions, week 2: 4 sessions, week 3: 4 sessions, week 4: 4 sessions,
week 5: 4 sessions, week 6: submission

Session Breakdown

Group lessons are at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time. For the one-on-one sessions, you will need to choose a time from a list of options on the given days. If you anticipate a schedule conflict with a group or individual session please reach out to us ahead of time, as some accommodation may be possible.

Please contact Meg Seifert: meg@headwatersscienceinstitute.org with any questions.

This Camp is Supported By: