Science Research Seminar
Congratulations to the 2019 Award Winners
Interested in getting your research published? Check out Harvard's "Journal of Emerging Investigators"
We are always looking for mentors for student projects and judges for the science fair and symposium, please contact Kate Hoffman if you are interested!
If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to email your questions to...
Kate Hoffman, SRS COORDINATOR, LEARNING SERVICES
Boulder Valley School District
6500 Arapahoe, Boulder, 80303
Program Description, Purpose, and Details:
Boulder Valley’s seven high schools offer this amazing class for students interested in any type of science. The purpose of this class is to provide an opportunity for students to fully participate in research projects in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Students either experience several months of working in a lab or science facility with science or technology mentors who provide guidance and supervision as the student pursues his/her research or will choose to work in the high school laboratory closely monitored by the high school teacher.
All students have a regular high school classroom teacher, who maintains communication with the mentors of his or her students.
Professors, undergraduate, graduate students, and post-docs can serve as mentors. This program does not need to take a lot of a mentor's time, as many students can do their own research at their prospective high schools, only contacting mentors for advice in procedure design and analysis of data.
The students prepare a research project poster for the District Science Fair in February, create a powerpoint/google slides presentation which is presented orally at the Boulder Valley Science Symposium in April, and write a scientific abstract and paper.
Typically, students spend 6-10 hours/week working on their research. The amount of time that the mentors spend with the student varies depending on the nature of the project.
During the initial interview, the student, mentor and classroom teacher clearly define what each person is able to contribute during the year. The classroom teacher is expected to make contact with the student weekly, to assure that the student is keeping up with the course work, and meeting the expectations defined during the initial interview.
- Animal and Plant Sciences
- Behavioral and Social Sciences
- Computer Science/Mathematics
- Environmental Sciences
- Atmospheric and Space Sciences
- Medicine and Health
- Energy and Transportation