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July 31, 2015 Week 9 Final Newsletter & Media Links

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

Congratulations to the 2015 RECCS Interns!

This week the RECCS interns completed the final stage of their internships by professionally presenting their research projects at two public events. On July 29, the interns gave PowerPoint presentations explaining their research work to an audience at the CIRES Auditorium, which was also live-streamed (link to presentations below). The following day, the RECCS interns participated in an area-wide poster session hosted by UCAR that included over 50 interns from six different internship programs. These culminating events capped off a very intensive and productive summer internship for our cohort of talented community college students!

Above photo: The 2015 RECCS Interns (l to r) Joey Gomora, Kevin Thirouin, Luca Collins, Marianne Blackburn, Savannah Bernal, Caihong VanderBurgh, Maggie Baker, Andrea Weber, Lisa Arvidson, Moana Sato.
Click on and check out the 2015 RECCS Program presentations and media coverage:

Intern Presentations

9 News TV Feature: NSF funds community college students' research projects

Daily Camera Article: CU-Boulder offers taste of research science to community college students

RECCS intern, Lisa Arvidson, presents her research on the trends observed in maximum daily temperatures during the summertime in Colorado.
RECCS intern, Kevin Thirouin,explains to Bob Anderson of INSTAAR about his research investigating tree water status in pine species.

RECCS Intern Spotlight!

This week our featured RECCS intern is Maggie Baker. Maggie is teamed up with mentors Diane McKnight and grad student Jordan Carroll of INSTAAR at the University of Colorado Boulder. Above photo: Maggie is digesting sediment from the Snake River with nitric acid to prepare a sample for analysis of heavy metals and rare earth elements.
Margaret Baker

Research Project: Presence and Effect of Acid Mine Drainage in the Snake River, Summit County, Colorado

Margaret grew up in San Antonio, TX and moved to Colorado four years ago, where she has graduated from Front Range Community College with an A.A.S. in Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources. She will continue on to Colorado State University in the fall to complete her Bachelors degree in Environmental Communication. When not working with the RECCS team, she enjoys cooking, hiking, rock climbing and playing with her two dogs.

She is investigating the effects of acid mine drainage on the Snake River in Colorado under the guidance of grad student Jordan Carroll and Diane McKnight of INSTAAR.
A sample site on the Snake River in Colorado that shows a large amount of iron precipitation, which is caused by acid mine drainage and can affect living things and human water sources.
Lady Slipper orchids are among the native vegetation potentially affected by acid mine drainage in the Snake River watershed. Maggie loves flowers!

Intern Tips

  • Please email us links to news items related to your experience in RECCS for the RECCS website
  • Keep in contact with the RECCS Team and your mentors in the future

Intern Deadlines

  • July 31, 5 pm: Complete Paper (final) emailed to Jennifer

Communication Update


A HUGE thank you to Bec Batchelor of UCAR for her expert weekly communication trainings and the advising of our RECCS interns throughout their internships!

Mentor Tips

We greatly appreciate your generous support and commitment in providing a valuable experience for our RECCS interns over the summer. Thanks and gratitude to each of our RECCS mentors!
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RECCS is funded by National Science Foundation Grant Award Number 1461281

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