Research apprenticeship

Research Apprenticeship Program

UA Science: Sky School is seeking students who are excited to learn more about science and enjoy being in the outdoors. We are recruiting students in grades 8-12 to develop and execute field-based research projects for the regional science fair, run by the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF). Each student will be paired with a University of Arizona (UA) undergraduate student mentor and a UA graduate student science advisor to conduct an original field study, culminating in a final presentation at SARSEF. This is a valuable opportunity to gain experience in the scientific inquiry process, utilizing the unique environment of Sabino Canyon.

This program is generously supported in 2017-2018 by The North Face Explore Fund. Find out more about The North Face Explore Fund @

Students will benefit by:

  • Learning how to develop and implement your own field-based scientific research project
  • Having access to equipment, transportation, and other resources to do authentic scientific research
  • Utilizing skills from a variety of science and engineering disciplines
  • Relating learning to the larger framework of science research and how it applies to your own life
  • Gaining confidence and skills in science and engineering to pursue higher education and STEM careers
  • Developing and maintain working relationships with UA scientists
  • Developing a better ‘sense of place’, the natural and cultural history, of the Tucson region

Your commitment:

October, 2017 ·      Mandatory!—Explore field sites, two weekend day commitments

·      Meet with mentor after school to write up project proposal

October-December, 2017 ·      Field visits to collect data*.   These will be on weekends and you must attend a minimum of 4 days, 8:30 am – 3 pm.
January-March, 2018 ·      Meet with mentor on weekends or after school to do data analysis and create your presentation for SARSEF (schedule TBD)
March-April, 2018 ·      Research presented at SARSEF (early April)

·      Poster displayed at UA and/or Sabino Canyon Visitor Center

*Transportation provided from the University of Arizona

To apply for the program:

Information on how to apply will be posted by mid-August 2017. Please email us if you would like to be notified when the application goes live!