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What is the Scientist in Residence program? 

The Scientist in Residence Program at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) is a partnership between UTMSI scientists and the Port Aransas Independent School District (PAISD).  The goals of this program are to:

  • increase enthusiasm for science learning among K-12 students
  • enhance scientific communication and teaching skills in participating graduate fellows
  • increase environmental outreach/education in the community 


How does it work?

Each year, 1-2 UTMSI graduate students are selected to serve as Scientist in Residence. The fellows job is to work with teachers and fellow scientists to develop activities that enhance student learning and love for science. Although collaboration is a key part of the process, fellows works in the same classrooms year round, allowing him or her to develop a relationship with every student and create a truly unique learning opportunity. 


Examples of what we do...

  • elementary school science fair
  • mock-conference poster sessions 
  • regular environmental surveys & sampling
  • data analysis and presentation
  • scientific method practice & development
  • peer evaluation of scientific work
  • maintaining a scientific notebook
  • Field excursions to local habitats (e.g. marshes, mangrove forests, rivers, beaches, water treatment centers, forestry areas)
  • evaluating sources of marine pollution
  • question & answer sessions with scientists/environmentalists
  • water quality monitoring
  • parent & student science nights
  • field instrument techniques (e.g. YSI SONDE, refractometer, Van Dorn water sampler, wind meter, nutrient test kits, secchi disk, etc.)
  • original, hands-on activities in alignment with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) criteria