Student Programs
February 2021 Update: We are excited to share that our first ever Virtual River Research Program which concluded in December was a great success, with 32 high school students joining us from around Fairfield County. Please click HERE to view the students’ fantastic presentations in our Virtual Symposium and click HERE to view a PDF of the presentation slides. Thank you to the Long Island Sound Futures Fund, the Elizabeth Raymond Ambler Trust, the New Canaan Community Foundation and individual donors for the generous support that made this program possible!

Our Bridgeport River Research Program (specifically for Bridgeport high school students) is full for the March-May 2021 program dates. Please CLICK HERE or more information and to join our wait list for future sessions.

Please note that we are currently evaluating other in-person and virtual options for summer 2021, so the student programs listed below may not be available as described. Stay tuned for more information soon!

 

Undergraduate Students

High School Students

Time Frame – May through August (annually)

Capacity – 4-6 Undergraduates Students

Summary – Immerse yourself in a scientific internship like no other, participate in ongoing research projects varying in scope from instream and storm sewer water quality testing and public beach water testing to dissolved oxygen profile surveys and demersal fish studies. Through on-the-job training, interns are taught proper field and laboratory techniques using state-of-the-art equipment in a State of Connecticut-certified laboratory. No prior experience is necessary, but interns must be willing to work outdoors in a variety of conditions.

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Time Frame – September through December

Capacity – 7 High School Students Per Session (3 Sessions; Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)

Summary – Get the chance to work as a team with fellow students from schools throughout Fairfield County to analyze a local waterway for bacteria and nutrient pollution while learning field and laboratory skills, data analysis, and presentation skills. This program concludes with the opportunity to present at a symposium, attended by community members including teachers, municipal officials, and commercial oystermen.

Details regarding registration coming soon!

Time Frame – June – August

Capacity – 6 Students per session (you may sign up for as many or as few sessions as you like)

Summary – Join us and serve as crew onboard our research vessel, Annie, a converted oyster scow set up to trawl for fish and other organisms dwelling in the lower portion of the water column of Norwalk Harbor. Perform tasks onboard ranging from recording coordinates to sorting the day’s catch! No experience necessary, but must be comfortable onboard a boat.

Details regarding registration coming soon!

Time Frame – Two weeks in July (dates TBA)

Capacity – 6 High School Students

Summary – Spend each day immersed in science research projects and gain firsthand experiences in possible career options. This is a curriculum-based program and includes data collection, laboratory analysis, ecological surveys, and field trips to local businesses that use water quality practices in their day to day activities

Details regarding registration coming soon!

Time Frame – Final Month of School Year

Capacity – 6 High School Students

Summary – Spend 25 hours each week immersed in science research projects and gain firsthand experiences in possible career options. This is a curriculum-based program and will include data collection, laboratory analysis, ecological surveys, and field trips to local businesses that use water quality practices in their day to day activities.

Details regarding registration coming soon!