2018 Southwest Student Research Symposium
The Southwest U.S. GLOBE Student Research Symposium took place on 4-5 May 2018 at the University of Colorado and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. 32 Students and 7 GLOBE teachers from Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas attended, with the students presenting a total of 11 GLOBE research projects in a poster presentation session. Student projects were reviewed both by their peers and by local scientists.
The symposium started with a trip to NCAR’s Mesa Lab. Friday afternoon students visited the NCAR interactive exhibits, participated in a welcome with video comments from GLOBE Implementation Office Director Tony Murphy and an engaging talk by Meteorologist Leslie Hartten of University of Colorado and NOAA.
After dinner, students, teachers, and partners were blown away by the interactive science brought by the Mobile Earth and Space Observatory; tracks of electrons in a bubble chamber, ice-produced mustaches using IR cameras, to name a few of the captivating moments.
Students had a lot of energy despite the fact that most had been up since before dawn and/or just completed a 2-day drive from East Texas or Southern New Mexico.
Saturday’s poster session was held in the CU student union (University Memorial Center), following an introduction from Anne Gold, Director of CIRES (Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences) Education and Outreach.
While students presented their research to peers and scientists, Kiley Remiszewski, University of New Hampshire Leitzel Center, led teachers in professional development using the GLOBE Carbon Cycle material.
Jennifer Taylor of CIRES facilitated a GLOBE Partnership roundtable including GLOBE Partners Christy Wall (NM), Mike Odell and Teresa Kennedy (TX), Janelle Johnson and Rich Wagner (Southwest SRS lead), and special guest Eric Brunnemann, a National Park Service ranger and parent accompanying the group from Carlsbad, New Mexico.
While the reviewers pondered on the great projects prior to the recognition and closing, one more treat was in store; the University Natural History Museum shared their interesting and interactive displays.
“[The SRS] prepared me for my potential career in science and it prepared me for college.”
“The SRS is a friendly atmosphere and most definitely welcoming.”
“Now I realize I really enjoy science. [The SRS] made me realize I am good at it and I enjoy it.”
I thought “[the SRS] was a competition, [but now I know] it’s a place to share research with other people.”
“The [SRS] projects helped develop our knowledge of the world.”
News origin: United States of America