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RACC High School Program

High Schools!  Participate in the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change Project

The High School Program offers students and teachers the opportunity to participate in current research.  Through involvement in the Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) research program, participants develop skills in scientific methods and Earth systems thinking and experience what it is like to be a scientist.

What does the RACC High School Program Involve?
    Teacher and Student Teams One teacher and two students comprise each high school team. These teams join a group of fellow high school teams, undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty that research the interactions of climate, environment, society and land use policy. By participating in the High School Program, teachers and students become a part of a community of researchers and local specialists that engage and challenge youth in Vermont and beyond. Visit the RACC page to learn more about the science behind the project.
    Teams will: • Attend a training week during summer break (room, meals and training provided). 2014 dates: June 23-27, • Learn research methods and skills, • Learn and experience how a research team functions, • Investigate a research question of your own design during the school year, and • Attend the annual Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium and present research findings together with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in the spring of 2015.
What type of research will we do?
    We want to match you with the research opportunity that best meets your interests. You have the option of either joining the Streams Project to collect stream data needed for RACC research, or conducting an Independent Research Project of your own design. All teams will complete and present a project at the annual Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium. Learn more about Streams Project data collection. Streams Project teams will use this dataset to investigate a research question of their choosing. High school teams conducting Independent Research Projects will be connected with a research mentor in their area of interest. Possibilities include (but are not limited to): • Lake and watershed ecology • Climate change • Environmental issues • Water quality • Land use change • Environmental impacts on human health Browse the RACC People page to see each research faculty's area of expertise. Both natural science and social studies teachers are encouraged to participate. Multiple teams from the same school are welcome.
What is the time commitment for High School Teams?
    Participants will commit to be involved in the project for one year (June - April). Each team is trained in the necessary skills and content during the Training Week. Teams will participate in the RACC research program remotely from their schools from July through April. Participants will complete an individual research project and present their results at the Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium in the spring. The training week and symposium are required elements of participation. Teams are welcome, and encouraged, to continue to participate in subsequent years if they choose.
What are the benefits to High School Students?
    This experience will provide students invaluable insight into the professional world of science. The teams not only learn science content, but understand how a research team functions and experience first-hand the scientific process. Participation in this program will help inform students about educational and career opportunities available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Many participants go on to study science, math or engineering in their next level of education.
What are the benefits to High School Teachers?
    Research experience can be a powerful way for teachers to enhance their science content knowledge and pedagogy. Teachers have the opportunity to work closely with the students they select for their team, but can also integrate their learning and experience into their classes. Upon completion of the program teachers receive $1,000 in equipment to facilitate their research. High school teachers are also eligible to receive Continuing Education credits for their participation OR a $1,000 stipend. Teachers are responsible for the cost of tuition and can receive up to 3 Continuing Education credits. For more information on obtaining academic credit, please contact the CWDD office: Phone: (802) 654-3270 Email: cwdd@smcvt.edu
How do I apply to participate?
    Teams must complete the online application and submit all application materials to be considered. Separate application components need to be completed by each team member. After a teacher completes their application, emails will be sent to the requested students with instructions for completing their part of the application. Former participants of the VT EPSCoR Streams Project are encouraged to apply. Past participation in an EPSCoR project does not ensure acceptance.
    • TEACHERS: Start your "Teacher Application" here! STUDENTS: Please wait until your teacher sends you a link to start your "Student Application"
    • All applications are due online: March 24, 2014.
    • Applicants will be notified of their acceptance in April.
We strongly encourage individuals with disabilities, veterans, and students from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply. View Photos from the 2013 Training Week at Saint Michael's College!
Contact Information: VT EPSCoR Center for Workforce Development and Diversity Saint Michael's College One Winooski Park Box 137 Colchester, VT 05439 802.654.3270 cwdd@smcvt.edu