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Outdoor Education Department Awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund Grant

September 24, 2013

The Montreat College Outdoor Education Department was recently awarded $178,550 by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to support the development of a science enrichment program for high school students in western North Carolina.

Outdoor Education Professor Dr. Dottie Shuman, in collaboration with Susan Sachs from the National Park Service and Matthew Browning and Tara Arthur from the Millennial Youth Led Expedition program, will implement MYLES of Science, a program that will expose high school students to scientific field research and data analysis. MYLES will provide opportunities for students to interact with scientists in the field and laboratory. 

“It pleases me that our program will be able to grow and impact more local students with a love for environmental science,” Dr. Shuman shared. In regards to the collaborative partnership with the National Park Service and Millennial Youth Led Expedition program, Dr. Shuman noted, “Montreat College will be able to contribute the expertise of outdoor and environmental education curriculum development, the National Park Service will provide the expertise for scientific data collection and Millennial Youth Led Expedition program will assist in recruitment of students who are interested in the Appalachian Trail.”

MYLES of Science programming will take place at Montreat College and at the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center along the Appalachian Trail.  In addition to participating in a backpacking trip, students will have opportunities to perform research with the MEGA Transect study on the Appalachian Trail and learn data collection techniques at the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. MYLES of Science will launch its first session in the summer of 2014.

To learn about enrolling a participant, contact Dr. Dottie Shuman at 828-669-8012 ext. 3405 or email her at dshuman@montreat.edu.

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