Frequently Asked Questions for High School Students
1. I understand that the program runs from July 9th to August 15th (for example). My family may take a small vacation during that period; will you still consider my application? How many personal or sick days that can I take during the program?
TREES is a structured rigorous enrichment program. With that being said, we still consider all applicants and vacation/ personal days are evaluated on an individual basis. If you believe you’ll miss more than 3 days, I would strongly suggest you reconsider our program.
2. What are the costs involved?
TREES is tuition-free and run by volunteer teachers and mentors through the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology. We are in a building year, and in future years may receive outside funding to expand the program. We anticipate charging small fees for social and cultural activities and students’ supplies. Students are responsible for all transportation costs.
3. What is the daily schedule?
On average, high school students start at 9 am and end at 5 pm (see typical schedule). Once a week, every student group will meet with their Mentor/Program Assistant to discuss their progress and submit weekly reports. In most weeks, students will have a formal presentation on Friday and a cultural activity.
4. What background knowledge or classes do I need to prepare for TREES program?
TREES is designed for high school students with one year of science class such as biology. Students should have a strong interest in learning about the environment and engaging in scientific research. Students who are bright, motivated, and hardworking should do well in the program. Students will be required to report their research findings in written reports and powerpoint presentations.
5. Will I get a grade from the summer program?
Although students will not get a letter grade from our program, they will get a written evaluation based on their daily and weekly progress, mid-program and final presentations, and reports. Dr. Jeffrey Field, the program’s director and principal investigator, is a world-renowned scientist. A letter of reference from Dr. Field can open doors to many educational opportunities and aid college admissions.