Summer research symposium featured

Stroud expands environmental awareness with its intern program

By Chris Barber

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Anna Marshall (REU, Connecticut College) discusses her poster at the symposium

West Marlborough — The Stroud Water Research Center does more than count bugs in streams. As a result of its educational and scientific projects, hundreds of students grow up to be responsible stewards of the earth who pass that caring attitude onto their children and future generations.

This summer, the scientists at the center on Spencer Road alongside the White Clay Creek took on the pleasant challenge of working with college students and teachers as part of a three-year internship program.

This summer’s 10-week session ended on Tuesday with a class of 12 interns from as far away as California taking new knowledge and methods back to their classrooms and colleges.

Adria Bondanza, a science teacher from Sun Valley High School in Aston told the leaders at the conclusion of her stay, “I already have some ideas for next year’s science fair. I can show my students how environmental research is done and the value of interdisciplinary science.”