Researchers for a Day: Prince George High School
November 27, 2015
On October 29 and 30, Prince George High School students got a taste of hands-on science at the Rice Rivers Center. Guided by VCU M.S. and Ph.D. students, 25 juniors and seniors got to experience what it’s like to be a researcher in the field, asking questions, giving feedback and taking samples. Carbon sequestration in forests, gene flow in Black Widow spiders and Dogwood trees, and barrier island ecology were on display both in and out of the classroom. The high school students collected samples of Dogwood berries for Ph.D. candidate Jane Remfert, and learned about water quality monitoring from Mac Lee, who runs who runs VCU's Environmental Water Quality Lab. They also got a peek at the process of botanical illustration as they toured a field class taught by VCU Communication Arts professor Sarah Faris. In addition to being excellent exposure to scientific processes, the day was a great opportunity for these students on the cusp of their next phase of education to learn from older students what sort of routes they have traveled to arrive where they are now in their education.