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2024 Midwest (U.S.) Regional Student Research Symposium

Registration for this event is now closed. ALL event attendees (students, educators, chaperones, Partners, reviewers, etc.) must register individually for the event. A parent/guardian must register anyone under the age of 18.


Educators, students, U.S. Partners, scientists and alumni from the Midwest region are invited to gather and discuss GLOBE student research projects at the Midwest Student Research Symposium (SRS). This event will include poster presentations of student research, an opportunity to meet and talk with scientists and STEM professionals, professional development for educators, and networking and collaboration opportunities for all participants.

The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Please follow this page and the SRS webpage for the most current information. 


The Toledo Zoo, Toledo, OH


  • Jodi Haney, Xcite Learning/Bowling Green State University
  • Mitchell Magdich, Toledo Zoo


Participants will stay at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel. Students have the option to spend Tuesday night at the Zoo for a "Zoo Snooze". To participate students must bring a pillow and sleeping bags or blankets, and a foam mat is optional.


Monday May 6

5:00 - 7:00 pm

 Check in at the hotel 

7:00 - 9:00 pm

 Imagination Station film and open exploration time and buffet dinner

10:30 pm 

 Lights out


Tuesday May 7

9:45 am

 Welcome and keynote

10:45 am

 Poster Session A

11:25 am

 Poster Session B

12:05 pm

 Poster Session C

12:45 pm

 Lunch with keynote speaker

1:30 pm

 Zoo exhibits

2:15 pm


2:30 pm

 Project Prairie and GLOBE Data collection 

4:30 pm Closing remarks
5:00 pm Plug the Prairie and chill out (games!)
6:30 pm Zoo Snooze with pizza dinner and morning breakfast

Wednesday May 8

9:45 am

 School chaperones check out of the hotel (light breakfast will be available at the Zoo)

11:00 am

 Welcome back, icebreaker, poster takedown by chaperones, and students create non-traditional presentations on Tuesday's data collection 

12:30 pm

 Lunch with Keynote speaker

1:15 pm

 Team data collection presentations

2:15 pm


2:30 - 3:30 pm

 Closing remarks


Research Projects:

Student projects will be presented in a poster presentation format. Poster size should be no more than 36" by 48". All projects must use GLOBE protocols or GLOBE data, and data collected should be entered in the GLOBE Database. If you have questions about data entry, please contact your cooperating Partnership. 

For more information on the poster review process, see the SRS Project Review webpage.


Participant Travel Support:

Educators may apply for travel funding support by completing the Funding Application by February 1, 2024, with rolling awards after. 

Dinner on Monday, Lunch and Dinner on Tuesday, and Lunch on Wednesday will be provided to all participants. Breakfast will be at the hotel, or at the Zoo for those attending the Zoo Snooze.


Parent/Guardian Policy

The Student Research Symposia are designed as student events. Parents/guardians are not invited to the event this year.  

Travel support from the GLOBE U.S. Coordination Office will cover one educator and a team of students. If required by the school district, the travel funding can cover one additional chaperone (e.g., both a male and female chaperone are needed to travel with students). Additional parents/guardians who would like to accompany their student(s) are expected to arrange and purchase their own travel, food, and lodging.  



What should I wear?

Presentation day is business casual. A GLOBE polo shirt will be provided for all student presenters. For other days, wear regular school clothing. On Tuesday, May 7th students will participate in outdoor data collection, please wear closed toed shoes and appropriate clothing.

Should students bring spending money?

Meals during the event will be provided to all participants. If your team is funded through GLOBE, meals during travel will be covered as well. Students are welcome to bring money for other incidentals, but it is not necessary. 

Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs

Events origin: United States of America