State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium



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High School Teachers:

Symposium & Prairie Ridge Workshop 

High school teachers (30 first come first served!!) please know that a special program has been planned for you. You would be at the symposium site to see performing artists between 9:00-10:00 a.m. At 10:00 a.m. you would be bused to the Prairie Ridge outdoor and indoor classrooms of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. There, Dr. Elizabeth Baird and her staff will provide you with a free lunch and lead a program entitled: Prairie Ridge: Using the Outdoors for Research and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Learn ways to incorporate field research and interdisciplinary techniques with your students. During our session you will have a chance to participate in some hands-on research techniques that might be replicable on your school grounds. You will also discover ways to use nature journaling – using writing, drawing and other techniques – as a tool for helping your students increase their science skills. Participating teachers will receive a copy of Richard Louv’s highly acclaimed book “The Last Child in the Woods” as well as a journal, journaling tools and other materials. Please wear appropriate attire for an outside study, including closed toe shoes and long pants. Bring rain gear and jackets. This class will primarily be taught in the field and in an outdoor classroom.

At 1:00 p.m., you will return by bus to the McKimmon Center for the poster session followed by the 4:00 p.m. reception (food) and the recognition of the symposium’s sponsors.

If you are a high school teacher please complete this form. Remember, the first 30 to register will be accepted into this special program; you will get a certificate of attendance at the end of the day.

Travel Assistance: High school teachers will get reimbursed at $0.445 per mile. When you register, please present a signed note that includes your home address and phone number, the direct non-circuitous mileage from home to the symposium and back home again, and your social security number. The SSN is a NC regulation when reimbursement checks are provided.

If you are staying over Friday night, November 17th in Raleigh, we will reimburse you up to $70 for one night. You should make reservations at a Raleigh hotel by entering this link and indicating to the hotel clerk that you will be participating in a symposium at the McKimmon Center for the event entitled: State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. All hotels in this web site have a contractual agreement with special rates with the Office of Professional Development at the McKimmon Center. To get reimbursed for your hotel stay, you must submit the original receipt that indicates that the room was paid in full. You must provide us with that original receipt plus your name, home address and SSN at the registration desk on Saturday morning.


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