Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists assists and rewards the implementation of inquiry-based, experiential science education where students do science and contribute to understanding of our environment through recognition and financial reward programs.

Grants range from support for taking simple measurements to teacher professional development and working for pervasive inclusion of student research projects in science teaching.



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© 2020 by Youth Learning As Citizen Environmental Scientists.

Student Research Symposia

2020 SRS Dates

Northwest: April 23-24, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska

Southeast: May 7-9, The Vines Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Southwest: May 15-17, Austin, Texas

Pacific: May 1-2, Monterey Bay, California

Midwest: May 1-3, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Northeast & Mid-Atlantic: May 8-10, Talcott Mountain,  Hartford, Connecticut

Beginning in 2019, YLACES began sponsoring six annual GLOBE Student Research Symposia (SRS) that provide students with the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from both peers and professionals. The goal is to build students' scientific and research abilities. Students presenting their research at one of the symposia are treated as scientists and therefore see themselves as scientists. This increases their self-efficacy for the science practices. Through the student research symposia, youth do science, learn science, and gain scientific habits of mind.  

Each year the SRS are held at sites across the United States with local arrangements and sponsorship provided through GLOBE Partners. Students in 5th through 12th grades conduct environmental research projects on topics of their own choosing. They conduct these investigations individually or in teams of up to four members. Students, accompanied by a chaperone, bring reports of their work to an SRS for their region. To enable attendance by disadvantaged and under represented students, travel support is provided. Travel support constitutes about 40% of the SRS budget. Housing is provided for those coming from away, and meals and special activities are provided for all attendees. SRS last a day and a half.

Each symposium includes a session where students present their work to their peers. This is followed by a session where scientists review the posters and give pointers on areas for improvement or further investigation. Students are treated to a visit to a local attraction such as a science museum, aquarium, etc. There is also a keynote speaker after dinner. Students are provided with a chance to meet professional scientists and have their questions answered.

While students present their work, half-day professional development sessions are provided for chaperones who are teachers.


At the 2019 regional SRS, 261 students presented a total of 114 GLOBE research projects to their peers and local scientists. These students, along with 66 GLOBE teachers, represented 26 different U.S. states/territories. Since the first symposium in 2016, approximately 900 student scientists have completed, presented, and received feedback on nearly 400 research projects.

Paper on the SRS experience is now published in the proceeds of the 2019 Annual Meeting of the North American Association for Environmental Education: 


2019 SRS Summary

Check out a summary of our 2019 SRS here:

SRS 2019 Summary 

Teachers wishing to participate in a Student Research Symposia can learn more here.