Education Research & Outreach

Our education research and outreach lab is committed to inspiring the next generation of plant scientists. By creating meaningful research opportunities for students at every stage of their education, we can keep students engaged in science and help them build the foundational skills that are critical to a career in plant science. Our programs provide educational opportunities for teachers and students, and use research assessment within the programs to understand how a diverse range of students learn about STEM concepts. Through our education research, we can improve the impact and destination of our education programs.

K-12th Grade Research & Outreach

Our grades K-12 programs create opportunities for students to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts (STEM). By equipping teachers and students with the tools and opportunities to engage with science, we can foster the future generation of plant scientists and create a more diverse and inclusive science community. All of our programs are based on cutting-edge education research questions with robust and validated measures of impact evaluation.

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Authentic Research Experiences and CURES

Authentic Research Experiences (AREs) and Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) engage student scientists in foundational research happening at the Danforth Center. Our AREs include Genotype to Phenotype, Plants Fight Back, Discovering Volvox Development, Mutant Millets, Green Means Grow, and MO Dirt, and most can be scaled for grade levels from middle school through college.

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Undergraduate Research & Outreach

Through hands-on research experiences, we can equip undergraduates with the skills, experiences, and mentors to pursue science careers. Our undergraduate program aims to create a range of research opportunities and activities that help students build a strong foundation in the sciences. Through our education research, we can continue to understand how to transform students into scientists.

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Graduate Education

We partner with local universities to offer graduate students an opportunity to participate in the cutting-edge research taking place at the Danforth Center. Our faculty have affiliations with universities throughout Missouri, and accept graduate students through their respective universities. At the Danforth Center, students can see how their research will be applied to real-world solutions across the globe.

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Committee for Scientific Training and Mentoring

The Committee for Scientific Training and Mentoring exists to bring career training and development opportunities to the scientific staff within the Danforth Center, foster a sense of community through scientific discussions and social functions, and facilitate communication throughout all levels of the center.

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Meet the Director of Education Research & Outreach

Dr. Kris Callis-Duehl believes that all students should be able to access and engage in scientific learning and authentic science research. With over 18 years of science education experience, Kris is developing innovative research and outreach programs to bring STEM education to more students while also improving the way we teach those concepts.

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