Weber State University's
Summer Science Symposium
WHAT: The Weber School District will be inviting students to participate in an authentic scientific research experience in conjunction with Weber State University in Yellowstone National Park. Students will spend one week inside the park conducting research and discovering the ecology, microbiology, astronomy, chemistry and geology of Yellowstone. Participating students will be working in teams with a professor from Weber State leading their groups. Students will take pictures, collect samples, observe behaviors, and discuss their experiences with each other and their lead professor. Students will be required to maintain a field journal and take detailed notes of their observations, informal lectures, and experiences. This field journal will guide them in their final synthesis of their experience. By the end of their experience students will be expected to report on their experience and findings through a variety of options. Students could utilize multimedia, create a poster, write a paper, or prepare a speech. Completion of this final project will qualify the students to obtain university credit through Weber State University.
WHO: Students that are currently in 10th or 11th grade and demonstrate an interest to pursue science as a potential career field will be invited to apply for participation in the Symposium. Approximately 15-20 sophomore and junior students from Davis School District will be selected to participate. Panelists will utilize several criteria when selecting students, these criteria will include: independent science research experience, extra curricular science experiences, science courses taken, maturity level demonstrated in school, and academic performance. Students will also be asked to write a brief essay and acquire a letter of recommendation from a science teacher.
The school district will also recruit three to four science teachers to attend the trip. These teachers will act as mentors and chaperones on the trip.
Weber State University’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education director Dr. Adam Johnston has recruited a panel of experts from Weber State to be our guides on the trip. The symposium will include content experts for ecology, microbiology, astronomy, chemistry, biology, and geology.
Details on this trip and online registration will be available in the spring of 2016