Research In Ecology

Research in Ecology for Middle School Students and Teachers

Most scientists will tell you that there is nothing more exciting than science. Yet science courses often fail to capture the excitement of research and discovery, and students often lose interest in science at an early age. That’s why  the Research in Ecology Program was developed: to offer middle school students the opportunity to see the exciting side of science, and feel the satisfaction of discovery. In this commuter program, seventh-grade students spend six weeks during the summer in an intensive program in which they explore the ecology of southern Florida, and see how many fields such as statistics, computer science, and writing are important to the life sciences. Students work in teams on research projects designed to allow them to gain confidence in their scientific ability. The Program at Monkey Jungle is offered through the University of Miami with funding from Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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This program is open to Miami-Dade County Public School students who have completed sixth grade and will be entering seventh grade in the fall, and to Miami-Dade Middle-School science teachers.


To learn more, visit the HHMI Research in Ecology Program home page at University of Miami (see our Links page).

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