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Seeking 8th-12th grade students interested in field science research

Tuesday November 10, 2015

Seeking 8th-12th grade students interested in field science research

 For a UA 100% Engagement Initiative: Building undergraduate-K12 learning partnerships via science fair mentoring

Download the application here: Advertisement & Student Application

UA Science: Sky School ( is seeking students who are excited to learn more about science and enjoy being in the outdoors. We are recruiting up to 30 students in grades 8-12 to develop and execute field-based research projects for the regional science fair, run by the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF). Each student will be paired with a University of Arizona (UA) undergraduate student mentor. Together, they will engage in the process of scientific inquiry to conduct an original field study, culminating in a final presentation at SARSEF. This is a valuable opportunity to gain experience conducting science research in the field, utilizing the unique and varied environments within the Coronado National Forest (Sabino Canyon and the Santa Catalina Mountains).


Students will benefit by:

  • Learning how to develop and implement your own field-based scientific research project
  • Having access to equipment, transportation, and other resources to do authentic scientific research
  • Utilizing skills from a variety of science and engineering disciplines
  • Relating learning to the larger framework of science research and how it applies to your own life
  • Gaining confidence and skills in science and engineering to pursue higher education and STEM careers
  • Developing and maintain working relationships with UA scientists
  • Developing a better ‘sense of place’, the natural and cultural history, of the Tucson region


Your commitment:

November-December, 2015 ·      Meet with mentor after school to talk about scientific interests

·      Explore field sites on Saturday, December 5th*–Mandatory!!!

·      Meet with mentor after school to write up project proposal, revise project proposal as needed

January-February, 2016 ·      Field visits to collect data*.   These will be on weekends and you must attend at least 4.
Late February-early March, 2016 ·      Meet with mentor after school to do data analysis and create your presentation for SARSEF
Mid-March, 2016 ·      Research presented at SARSEF

·      Poster displayed at UA

*Transportation provided from the University of Arizona


To apply:
Fill out the application here: Advertisement & Student Application
Complete the accompanying application, including:

  • Student application (2 pages)
  • Parent form (1 page)
  • Teacher recommendation (1 page)

Questions? Contact Rebecca Lipson at or (520) 904-6208.