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July 22, 2016 - Week 8 Newsletter

RECCS is a 9-week summer student research program in critical zone science for Colorado community college students funded by the National Science Foundation and coordinated by CIRES Education Outreach and the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory.

For the most recent RECCS happenings, check out our blog.

RECCS Student Researcher Spotlight

This week our featured RECCS student researcher is Taylor Schoenfeld, seen here measuring the intermediate axes of sediment across the alluvial fan at Chalk Creek, Colorado. Taylor's mentors are Greg Tucker, Professor of Geological Sciences and CIRES Fellow and graduate student Charlie Shobe. The team is based at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Taylor Schoenfeld
Watch Taylor's elevator speech!

Research project:
Processes Affecting Spatial Variability in Sediment Size at Chalk Creek, Colorado

Taylor was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. Before starting with RECCS, he worked at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Taylor enjoys outdoor activities like disc golf, biking, hiking, fishing and snowboarding. He also plays guitar in his free time and collects kites, coins, comic books, and rocks & minerals.
Taylor attended the Larimer County campus at Front Range Community College and will transfer to the Westminster campus in the fall of 2016. He is working towards an Associate of Science degree with a focus in Geology. He plans to apply to the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, the University of Wyoming, and the University of Arizona to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in 2017. Taylor’s RECCS project analyzes field data to determine processes that cause downstream fining of fluvial sediments.

Crunching the Numbers

Back in the office at CU, Taylor explains how he uses Excel and Python to analyze the data he collected during his time in the field.
Tools of the trade−a tape measure and gravelometer−that Taylor uses for measuring grain sizes in the Chalk Creek channel.
One of Taylor's graphs, illustrating the distribution of sediment sizes in Chalk Creek.

Intern Tips

  • Review your poster in advance of the poster session at UCAR on July 28
  • Practice presenting your oral presentation for the final event at CIRES on July 29
  • Dress for these events as if you are attending an interview

Intern Deadlines

Poster Session: UCAR Center Green 1 Auditorium
July 28, 2 - 5:30 pm
(7/26 8am is the deadline to upload final posters to folder on Google drive for printing)

 2:00 - 2:30 pm: Poster set-up
 2:30 - 4:00 pm: Poster judging/feedback
4:00 - 5:30 pm: Public viewing and reception

Presentations: CIRES Auditorium
July 29, 1 - 3 pm (3 pm informal gathering in the CIRES Map Room)
(7/28 8am is the deadline to upload final presentations to folder on Google drive)

7-minute presentations, with 3 minutes for questions

Communications Workshop Update

In this week's communications workshop, we discussed giving our presentations including what to wear, how to connect with people in a poster session, and how to deal with questions when giving a presentation. We also talked about the venues and what to expect at each event, as these will be the first poster sessions and talks most of the students give. Next week's deadlines are rapidly approaching and everyone is working really hard on their presentations. We can't wait to see them!

Mentor Tips

The RECCS student researchers will be participating in these upcoming events:
  • July 28, 2:30 – 5:30 pm Summer Intern Poster Session at UCAR Center Green 1
  • July 29, 1:00 - 3:00 pm RECCS Student Researcher Presentations at CIRES Auditorium
We are live streaming the presentations. If you want to watch remotely, log onto this link (no password required):

If you are in the Boulder area, click the link for details about these events:
  • If you haven't already, please take the opportunity to hear your student's presentation, both as practice for them and to catch anything that needs attention. Your input on posters and framing research results is invaluable.
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RECCS is funded by the National Science Foundation Grant Award Number 1461281

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