Year 1 Class
First semester students work at BALC to complete various assignments related to conducting authentic scientific research. Topics include, but are not limited to, collecting scientific data, understanding safety and security procedures, writing research reports according to USDA protocols, developing a résumé for scientific purposes, and making scientific presentations.
- Oklahoma Mesonet Station’s world-class network of environmental monitoring stations;
- Forage and Livestock Production Research designed to develop and deliver improved technologies, management strategies, and strategic and tactical planning tools that impact the economy and environment; and,
- Great Plains Agroclimate and Natural Resource Research which strives to quantify interactive effects of land use, agricultural management, climate, and the water cycle on agricultural and hydrologic systems.
Coursework is completed on the campus of Historic Fort Reno, Inc. (HFRI) at the BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center (BALC) and the USDA Grazinglands Research Laboratory (GRS). During the second year of this class, students will extend their skills and knowledge by assisting a USDA scientist conduct his/her advanced research program in environmental, livestock production, or agroclimate and natural resources. Advanced assignments will be given to students from the EHS, BALC, and USDA staff. Students will be expected to prepare research documents to be submitted for juried review and competition.
This class is limited to student who have completed the first year course at EHS. For more information, contact Mrs. Jennifer Walsh-Davis, EHS counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Kristy Ehlers, research class facilitator, email@example.com.