Pre-college students can connect to the resources of Washington University in St. Louis through the Shaw Institute for Field Training (SIFT) and Tyson Environmental Research Fellowships (TERF) programs.

SIFTThese enrichment programs provide immersion in authentic field research for St. Louis-area high school students interested in careers related to environmental biology. SIFT and TERF are unique science education programs that connect students directly to research scientists, allowing for deep and transparent career exploration.

Partnered programs engaging teens in authentic field research
High school students can explore environmental biology careers and get paid to work with local field research teams.

About SIFT and TERF

Developed as a National Science Foundation supported project (DRL-0739874), SIFT and TERF are two field-based informal science education programs in environmental biology for St. Louis-area teenagers. The programs form a partnership between the Tyson Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis and the Missouri Botanical Garden‘s Shaw Nature Reserve.

The Shaw Institute for Field Training (SIFT) program trains St. Louis area high school students in scientific exploration of the natural world at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Shaw Nature Reserve.

The Tyson Environmental Research Fellowships (TERF) program places SIFT graduates as summer interns on ecology and environmental biology research teams at WUSTL’s Tyson Research Center.

Learn More

Download the SIFT & TERF brochure