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Project SMART: Educating and Motivating Talented High School Students in Math and Science

Project SMART provides opportunities for students to conduct hands-on research in environmental sciences. Stephanie Meyer, Forest ServiceSnapshot : Forest Service funding from the Northern Research Station's Civil Rights Diversity Committee's Special Project Funds and Conservation Education's More Kids in the Woods helped 39 students from 11 states and 3 foreign countries attend Project SMART, a 4-week summer institute at the University of New Hampshire. Students participating in Project SMART put science into action through research projects in areas of marine and environmental science, bio- and nanotechnology, and space science.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Minocha, Rakesh 
Research Location : New Hampshire
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2011
Highlight ID : 332


Thirty-nine talented high school students attended the Project SMART (Science and Mathematics Achievement through Research Training) Summer Institute on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in July 2011. With funding support from the Northern Research Station's Civil Rights Diversity Committee Special Project Funds and More Kids in the Woods, the Forest Service was able to collaborate with UNH and Liberty Mutual Foundation to offer this exceptional experience to a diverse audience, including students from eleven different states, Greece, Turkey, and India. They spent 4 weeks researching various topics including monitoring terrestrial and aquatic systems in the White Mountains and other forest management practices, climate change and its impact on forest productivity, and forest health. It is expected that several students will continue these research projects during the academic year and will present their findings at regional high school science symposia to compete for tuition and cash scholarships. It's not just about learning, however; the program has given these lucky students long-lived memories and friendships with students and university staff.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • University of New Hampshire