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Combining the research at FCE LTER with training and mentoring across the K-20 spectrum is critical for preparing future experts in science, engineering, and technology. FCE offers a variety of opportunities for pre- and professional service teachers, K-12 students, undergraduates and graduate students, in order to expose them to our research and to provide them with training and mentoring.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

The FCE RET and Professional Development programs provide experiences that will:

  • Inspire an informed understanding of place
  • Foster an interest in socio-ecological, solutions-oriented science
  • Encourage integration of research-based knowledge into classroom learning objectives using evidence-based STEM education best practices

Contact: Nick Oehm, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Cathy Laroche (FCE LTER RET, Felix Varela High School) and Dr. John Kominoski measure the heights of mangrove trees.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

The FCE Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program gives two to three students the opportunity to work on projects with FCE researchers during the summer. Virtually all of our past REU students have presented posters of their findings at scientific meetings.

Contact: Nick Oehm, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Steven Nanez (FCE LTER REU student, right) with mentor Dr. Jennifer Rehage (left) standing in front of his poster at the American Fisheries Conference in 2017.

Research Experience for Secondary Students (RESSt)

FCE's Research Experience for Secondary Students (RESSt) program began in 2003. Students work with FCE scientists 5 - 20 hours per week. Additionally, many students in the program:

  • Present their work in their science classes
  • Travel to elementary and middle schools to give presentations
  • Present posters at our annual ASM meetings
  • Compete in local, state and international science fairs

Contact: Nick Oehm, Education and Outreach Coordinator

High school student Sara Osorio sampling coastal periphyton with Dr. Evelyn Gaiser

Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS)

The FCE Research Assistantships for High School Students (RAHSS) program expands research opportunities to underrepresented students that: 1) inspire an informed understanding of place, 2) foster an interest in social-ecological, solutions-oriented science, and 3) encourage professional development in STEM careers. Students receive mentoring and research training from FCE graduate students and faculty.

Contact: Nick Oehm, Education and Outreach Coordinator