We’re excited to highlight another of our LPS teachers – Marcy Burns, who teaches 5th grade science in Ohio. She and her students are involved in taking what they learn in the classroom and applying it to global scientific questions (how cool!) Here, she describes their experiences, and how their […]

Students are scientists

Julie class
As the school year comes to a close (how it’s flown by!), we’re already thinking ahead to the next year of LPS. Leading up to registration opening over the summer for teachers, scientists, and coordinators to sign up for participation next year, we’re excited to start a series of posts highlighting many […]

‘Why join LPS?’ #1: from the pre-scientists

Walthers microscope
The scientist we’re spotlighting today, Chris Walthers, is a postdoc studying neuroscience/bioengineering at UCLA. He’s been a pen pal in Letters to a Pre-Scientist since its inception in 2010! Here’s Chris talking about his research- and sharing some amazing photos from it, too! Tell us about yourself! I live in Los […]

Scientist Spotlight #7: Chris Walthers

The energy that the pre-scientists feel about Letters to a Pre-Scientist doesn’t only shine through in the letters they write, but in the smiles on their faces when they receive letters, as well. Their teachers build up excitement around the program by planning letter opening parties, when all of the students in the class open […]

A letter opening party!

"Setting up a thermal infrared spectrometer built by me and my lab to take some measurements in Hawaii.  This was just a test, but ultimately this spectrometer went on to measure volcanic gas emissions at Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii!"
It’s not typically considered, but being a scientist can come with a fair share of opportunities to see the world. This might look like going to an international conference, or working internationally – like today’s Scientist Spotlight, Sarah Crites!   Tell us about yourself! Where do you live and what do […]

Scientist Spotlight #6: Sarah Crites

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Welcome back to another Scientist Spotlight! Today, meet Sander Denham, a PhD student studying forest biology in Indiana.   Tell us about yourself! I am a first year PhD student at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. I am interested in forest ecology and the roles of water and carbon cycling between the […]

Scientist Spotlight #4: Sander Denham