High school students to learn, earn at Lakeside Lab

Friday, May 22, 2015
High school students who have completed high school biology are invited to learn and earn college credit free at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory this summer, thanks to a grant from the Friends of Lakeside Lab. (Photo submitted)

MILFORD -- High school students are invited to study one of the Earth's most unusual groups of organisms this summer at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, and to earn college credit free of cost.

Diatoms are a special group of algae that have intricate glass cell walls, are important as food for fish, and produce much of the oxygen we breathe. During the week, students will collect samples from freshwater environments around the Iowa Great Lakes, identify the diatoms they find, learn about their taxonomy and ecology, and apply their knowledge to complete a research project.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of Lakeside Lab -- Lakeside's community support group -- the only cost is a $50 registration fee for students accepted in the program. Room and board is provided at Lakeside, although participants may choose to commute or stay at the lab. Students must provide travel to and from the campus.

"This was a fantastic experience and prepared me for college," Dana Norton, who took the course as a high school senior, said. "We got to use research grade microscopes and work along side practicing scientists."

The instructors will be Sylvia Lee, Ph.D, and Kerry Howard, MA, MS. Dr. Lee is a research scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. Ms. Howard is a credentialed science teacher in NV/CA and a Ph.D. candidate in geological sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Students must apply by May 31. Instructors will notify applicants of their acceptance by June 13.

To apply, visit http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/lakesidelab.

For more information, contact Lisa Roti, Friends of Lakeside Lab executive director, at 712-337-3669 ext 1 or lisa-roti@uiowa.edu.

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