Science Research Seminar
Congratulations to all the Science Research Symposium Participants! The 2020 Virtual Symposium was a great success.
Click here to see Awards by Category
If you missed the symposium or would like to see other students' presentations, you can check them out HERE
We'd like to give a special shout out to:
- The SRS teachers: Al, Eliza, Kate, Kathy, Paul, Rob, Ryan,
- The amazing Mentors of our SRS Students
- The generous Judges who donated their time
- Ozo Coffee who would have donated delicious coffee
- Moe’s Bagels who would have donated awesome bagels
- And our generous sponsor Wong Orthodontics
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.
Science Research Symposium is a PowerPoint presentation competition for students in SRS and affiliated classes. Students prepare a ~10min presentation which they present to a panel of judges as well as members of the community. Students win awards for their performance in their category.
When: April 25, 2020 9am-12pm
Where: New Vista High School, 700 20th St. Boulder, CO. Parking is free in the school lot.
Who: SRS students will be presenting. Mentors, parents, siblings, friends and community members are welcome to attend as well.
- Animal and Plant Sciences
- Behavioral and Social Sciences
- Computer Science/Mathematics
- Environmental Sciences
- Atmospheric and Space Sciences
- Medicine and Health
- Energy and Transportation
- Are you a scientist interested in mentoring? Please fill out this form to let students know about your research so they can contact you.
- Not available to mentor this year? Complete The "Mentors Unavailable" Form - students, if you contact someone who is not available, please update this form as well.
Students, as you begin your research, please make sure you do the following:
- If you have found a mentor, please fill out this Student-Mentor Placement Form. Also, please make sure you read the Mentoring Welcome Letter and share it with your mentor.
- If you are still looking for a mentor, don't worry, we're here to help.
- Places to find mentors:
- BEFORE CONTACTING MENTORS, please make sure that they are not on any of these lists:
- If you contact someone and they are not available, please let other students know by completing the: Mentors Unavailable" so we don't contact them unnecessarily.