Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Informal Science Learning Experiences in the Life Sciences"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2010 - DURI
Research area(s):
Life Science Education
Project Description:
The Life Science Education Signature Area (LSESA) is an interdisciplinary group of faculty interested in helping K-12 youth learn science and pursue STEM careers in the context of agriculture. This project consists of working with the LSESA team and assisting with the evaluation of Science Worshops (3 day on-campus experience for high school students). Further, the intern will work on updating and developing curriculum resources, online professional development modules, and innovative project proposals. Depending on the intern's interest, s/he may be involved in animal science, plant science, food science and natural resources.
Expected Student Contributions:
The intern will work with 3 to 4 faculty on the LSESA team. Tasks will include data collection, descriptive data analysis, preparing summary reports for Science Workshops; updating and developing curriculum resources for 4-H and informal science learing in the area of animal, plant, food sciences, and natural resources; updating the LSESA website, writing blogs, and communicating with youth educators; assisting with youth development activities.
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Desired Qualifications:
At least a 3.0 GPA and a sophomore, junior or senior in good academic standing; Majors may include any biological/life sciences, agriculture, or science education; major is not a requirement as long as the candidate has a strong interest in youth and science education; Strong interest in teaching, learning and education; Experiences working with youth and human subjects research is a plus; Any coursework in psychology, adolescent development, education or organizational & leadership studies is a plus; Self-starter and demonstrated leadership through high school or college activities.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 4 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Knobloch, Neil
Youth Development and Agr Educ / Agriculture

Student Supervisor

Neil Knobloch
Associate Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Colleen Brady
YDAE & Animal Science / Agriculture
Natalie Carroll
YDAE & Agricultural and Bio Eng / Agriculture