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June 5, 2015 Week 1 Newsletter

RECCS is a summer research internship in critical zone science for Colorado community college students funded by the National Science Foundation and coordinated by CIRES Education Outreach.
For the most recent RECCS happenings, check out our blog (coming soon!)

Welcome to RECCS 2015!

This week CIRES Education Outreach welcomed ten students into our second RECCS summer research internship program. The interns had an extremely busy and varied week of activities as they learned what it means to be scientists and bonded as a team. From presentations on the scientific process by CZO and USGS researchers to field site visits at CU labs, NOAA, Betasso Treatment Plant, and CU Mountain Research Station, they got a full picture of the range of work that research scientists do. Additionally, the Environmental Learning Associates hosted a team building session for the interns to help generate rapport within the cohort and have some fun, too!

Meet the 2015 RECCS Interns! (left to right) Andrea Weber, Lucas Collins, Moana Sato, Joey Gomora, Marianne Blackburn, Kevin Thirouin, Caihong VanderBurgh, Maggie Baker, Savannah Bernal, and Lisa Arvidson.

Snapshots from the Week
CIRES research scientist and RECCS mentor Noah Fierer shows the interns around his spotless and high-tech  microbiology lab.
2014 RECCS alum Patrick Marsden gives a spirited pep talk to the new recruits about the exciting challenges and benefits of his internship last year. 
NOAA research scientist Michael Mueller explains the Science on a Square animated data sets as part of the interns' tour of the David Skaggs Research Center.
Deb Kulcsar of Environmental Learning Associates guides students in a team building challenge during the interns' 2-day stay at the Mountain Research Station.

Intern Tips

  • Check your email regularly for RECCS updates
  • Talk with your mentor and RECCS staff to keep on track
  • Be curious, ask questions
  • Have fun!

Intern Deadlines

  • Presentations: CIRES Auditorium July 29, 1-3 pm
  • Poster Session: UCAR CG1 Auditorium July 30, 2-5:30 pm
  • Research Paper July 31, 5 pm

Communication Update

On Wednesday, RECCS interns participated in their first scientific communication workshop. Over the course of the summer, this workshop series will guide the students through the process of preparing and presenting a scientific poster, a presentation and a paper showcasing the research they're doing in the program.  At this first workshop, we talked about what scientific communication involves, why we do it, and what we will be presenting for RECCS. We were fortunate to have some supportive students and postdocs (Qinghuan Zhang, Mauricio Munoz, and Ashley Collier) who shared their posters and presentations with the team and helped demystify these scientific communication formats. We also talked about informal science communication, and how we might describe our research to someone who asks what we're doing this summer - the elevator speech, aptly demonstrated by Tommy Detmer. This one minute, lay-person friendly overview of their research is something that everyone finds handy to have in hand, so is the homework assignment for the week. We are excited to hear what everyone is working on during our next workshop!

Mentor Tips

  • In preparation for the their elevator speeches, you may find yourself having some discussions with your intern about the broader field your research fits within, and the motivation behind what you’re doing. If you can, please listen to your intern’s talk (it only takes a minute!) and help them out if they haven’t really grasped what their research is all about.
  • Also remember that the first couple of weeks in RECCS can be a bit overwhelming. It may be helpful to connect with your intern and see how they are adjusting to working in Boulder, in RECCS, and in a scientific workplace. Independent research is very different from college!
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RECCS is funded by National Science Foundation Grant Award Number 1461281

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