Mississippi River Forum: River Research by Student Scientists
Five college students affiliated with the Science Training and Research Skills (STARS) internship program shared the results of their summer field-based research on the Mississippi and Saint Croix Rivers. The STARS program connects college students directly to scientific research, including both field and laboratory settings. Students are paired with mentors already conducting research within the parks, and also meet weekly with STARS coordinators to discuss professional development. The program benefits the parks by increasing scientific knowledge of the river ecosystems, and increases awareness of the parks as natural laboratories for use by scientists.
Presentations and Posters:
Joy Ramstack and Jill Coleman Wasik
Did You Know?
At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.