2551 Views
  1. Jason Aloisio
  2. https://www.jasonaloisio.com/
  3. Manger of Project TRUE
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Wildlife Conservation Society WCS
  1. Rachel Becker-Klein
  2. President
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Two Roads Consulting
  1. J. Clark
  2. Associate Professor
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Fordham University
  1. J.D. Lewis
  2. Professor and Associate Chair
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Fordham University
  1. Karen Tingley
  2. Director of Education
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Wildlife Conservation Society WCS
Presenters’
Choice

Project TRUE (Teens Researching Urban Ecology)

NSF Awards: 1421017, 1421019

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12, Undergraduate, Graduate, Informal / multi-age

Seventy percent of the world's population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050. To address the social and ecological challenges of this urban future, we must create an inclusive STEM workforce that can draw from diverse experiences and perspectives to generate solutions.

To accomplish this, Fordham University and the Wildlife Conservation Society partnered to create Project TRUE (Teens Researching Urban Ecology), an immersive summer research mentoring program for New York City high school students aimed at training the next generation of STEM professionals.

During Project TRUE, high school students conduct urban ecology research under the mentorship of a near-peer undergraduate mentor. These teams are further supported by graduate students, conservation educators, and faculty who work together to create a robust mentoring community.

Key components of the Project TRUE model are:

  • Place-based urban ecology research
  • Near-peer relational mentoring                                                                                                                                                            

For the past five years, New York City high school students and their near-peer undergraduate mentors have explored the wildlife and wild places of New York City. Research results indicate that students gained a deeper appreciation for nature in their own backyard, developed skills and interest in scientific inquiry, and learned about new career pathways.

To learn more about our mentoring ecosystem see our recent article attached or here: https://academic.oup.com/jue/article/4/1/juy023/5227714

Evaluation Partner: PEER Associates

Research Partner: Lifelong Learning Group

Attachment:

This video has had approximately 928 visits by 703 visitors from 287 unique locations. It has been played 382 times.
activity map thumbnail Click to See Activity Worldwide
Map reflects activity with this presentation from the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase: Innovations in STEM Education website, as well as the STEM For All Multiplex website.
Based on periodically updated Google Analytics data. This is intended to show usage trends but may not capture all activity from every visitor.
Public Discussion
  • Post to the Discussion

    If you have an account, please login before contributing. New visitors may post with email verification.


    For visitors, we require email verification before we will post your comment. When you receive the email click on the verification link and your message will be made visible.



    Name:

    Email:

    Role:
    NOTE: Your email will be kept private and will not be shared with any 3rd parties