The SciLiFT (Science Literacy for Future Teachers) is a National Science Foundation sponsored science outreach program for students who are in training or are interested in becoming secondary school science teachers. Participating students will engage in real laboratory research on topics related to plant defense mechanisms against insect pests and genetic modification using a model plant organism Arabidopsis thaliana. Students will learn about designing experiments and analyzing statistical data. Based on that experience, participants will develop a teaching module that can be taught in secondary science classes.
Students will be paid an $800 stipend and awarded a certificate for participation in the project. Independent study credit can also be arranged.