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Stream research field-work at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest research program, funded by the NSF LTER program, the US Forest Service, and Oregon State University. Photo courtesy of Lina Di Gregorio.
Stream research field-work at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest research program, funded by the NSF LTER program, the US Forest Service, and Oregon State University. Photo by Lina Di Gregorio, 2015.

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About the U-FERN project

Field stations and marine labs often provide specific types of training not provided anywhere else in the undergraduate education system. Because of the potential of these programs for reaching a broad range of undergraduates across the U.S. and the world and the tremendous investment in field stations and marine labs it is critical to consider how to best provide effective educational experiences at these venues and other extended field programs. The Undergraduate Field Experiences in Research Network (U-FERN) seeks to understand the impacts of these types of experiences and to build a community of practitioners working together with education researchers to share and develop effective practices that are inclusive of all students. The network will connect current knowledge about persistence of underrepresented students in Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) with practitioners of undergraduate field experiences to harness the power of active learning as a potential for increasing participation and persistence in the field-based sciences. Read more…