Letter Opening
Welcome back to the start of another school year! We’re excited to introduce you to the teachers whose classrooms will be participating in LPS this year, so please click through the link to read their bios. For this 8th year of the program, we’ve expanded once again and are now running with 9 teachers and a […]

Welcome back!

Louisa Savereide, one of our Classroom Coordinators, went above and beyond to give the pre-scientists in Bridget Heneghan’s classroom the opportunity to see science in action – and practice being scientists themselves! – through a field trip to Northwestern University. Last winter, on one of the coldest days in Chicago, I put on about 7 […]

Pre-scientists visit Northwestern!

LPS registration header
Registration is now open for scientists and teachers to participate in LPS in 2017-18! We have a variety of participation options available: Teachers, click here to register your classroom; deadline is August 4th. Scientists interested in volunteering with the program, click here; deadline is August 4th. Scientists interested in being pen pals, click here; deadline to be […]

Registration is open!

Julie 3
Since the beginning of the year, pre-scientists across the U.S. have been engaging with scientists and expanding their understanding of the world around them. We asked the pre-scientists what they learned about science from their pen pals during the year. Ranging from technical to humorous, we enjoyed this glimpse into the world of science from their point […]

Even strawberries have DNA

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 pen pals have helped to […]

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 of the ways this program […]

‘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 Angeles, California. I am originally […]

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 their letters at once, and […]

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 you do? I am a […]

Scientist Spotlight #6: Sarah Crites