Q1) My family may take a small vacation during that period; will you still consider my application? How many personal or sick days that can I take during the program?
A1) TREES is a structured rigorous enrichment program. With that being said, we still consider all applicants and vacation/personal days are evaluated on an individual basis. If you believe you’ll miss more than 3 days, we would strongly suggest you reconsider our program.Q2) What are the costs involved?
A2) TREES is tuition-free and run by volunteer teachers and mentors through the Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology. Students are only responsible for the cost of daily transportation to Penn and lunch.
Q3) What is the daily schedule?
A3) On average, high school students start at 9 am and end at 4 pm (see typical schedule). Once a week, every student group will meet with their Mentor/Program Assistant to discuss their progress and submit weekly reports. In most weeks, students will have a formal presentation on Friday and a cultural activity.Q4) What background knowledge or classes do I need to prepare for TREES program?
A4) TREES is designed for high school students with one year of a science course such as biology or chemistry. Students should have a strong interest in learning about the environment and engaging in scientific research. Students who are bright, motivated, and hardworking should do well in the program. Students will be required to report their research findings in written reports and powerpoint presentations.Q5) Will I get a grade from the summer program?
A5) Although students will not get a letter grade from our program, they will have a written evaluation sent home after the program . Many students also request letters for college applications from Dr. Field. Only those who complete all requirements of the program (see Q6) are eligible for college letters.
Q6) What work will be required of me in TREES?
A6) The primary goal of the TREES program is to carry out and present a research project.
Week 1: Powerpoint presentation on an assigned topic in natural products
Week 2: Powerpoint presentation on an assigned topic in global environmental issues
Final week: Powerpoint presentation of research project
Final week: Written research paper on Topic.