Research apprenticeship


The 2021-2022 Research Apprenticeship program works with 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. This is a valuable opportunity to gain experience in the scientific inquiry process, utilizing the unique environments of the Sonoran Desert.

This version of the program is generously supported by a private foundation and NASA Space Grant. It builds on best practices learned during a prior version of the program that was supported by The North Face‘s Explore Fund.

Student benefits

  • 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


Applications are not open to the general public. More information will be made available shortly.