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YLACES announces $75,000 commitment to sustain Student Research Symposia

Updated: Oct 22, 2018

YLACES, an organization committed to advancing student engagement in science, has announced funding to facilitate the convening of six regional GLOBE Student Research Symposia.

The six Student Research Symposia events held around the United States provide students with the opportunity to showcase results of their scientific research. Participants receive feedback from peers and STEM professionals. All GLOBE Program teacher-student research teams are invited to attend the symposia.

“Students must do science to truly learn science. Through this, they develop scientific habits of mind that will serve them their entire life,” commented Dixon Butler, Founder and President of YLACES. “We’re thrilled to support the Student Research Symposia this coming year and applaud the work they do.”

The Symposia were first coordinated by Jennifer Bourgeault (University of New Hampshire) and planned and implemented in 2016 by a team of 20 GLOBE Partnerships as part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. GLOBE provides students worldwide with the opportunity to participate in environmental data collection and the scientific process.

“When Symposia participants engage in conversations about their research with professional scientists and hear about career paths, the effect is tremendous,” said Jen Bourgeault, US Country Coordinator for GLOBE. “Students see themselves as scientists with the capability to pursue a career in the STEM fields.”

In addition to student presentations, the Symposia also includes teacher professional development in GLOBE implementation and travel support to encourage students of all backgrounds to participate. Teachers carrying out GLOBE research and attending an event of this type for the first time with their students are also eligible for travel support.

Other Symposia funders have included the National Science Foundation and NASA.


YLACES seeks to develop citizens with scientific habits of mind, utilizing the environment as a learning laboratory where students conduct inquiry-based research and contribute to a better collective understanding of our changing world.

For further information, ways to donate, and links to Symposia information, visit the

GLOBE 2019 Student Research Symposium Locations:

Midwest - University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Northeast/Mid-Atlantic - Boston University, Boston, MA

Northwest- Seattle, WA

Pacific- NatureBridge of Golden Gate, Sausalito, CA

Southeast- Atlanta, GA

Southwest -Mescalero, NM

CONTACT INFORMATION Jennifer Bourgeault- (617) 971-8722,

Dixon Butler

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