This is where I express my gratitude
None of this would have been possible without all of the people who contributed to my success. Therefore, I would like to take the time to thank everyone who made me better: through encouragement, through pushing me, and through guidance
- I can't thoroughly express my gratitude for the Xcel Energy Foundation funding my research. I would have never had the opportunity to learn as much as I have, even if my experiment didn't go exactly as planned. Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart.
- Viva Rasè (Research Mentor): for teaching me what it means to research at a collegiate level, teaching me, letting me learn, and providing encouragement at the times I needed it the most. Most of all, I thank Viva for not letting me lose hope in a project I had my doubts in
- Amie Bray (Research Adviser): for constantly communicating with me, guiding me, reviewing my paper, presentation, and poster, and pushing me past where I though I could go
- Taylor McMillan (Instructor): for teaching me that the universe is more than I see and stretching my mind in what it means to exist and be
- Michael Winchester (Resident Adviser): for reviewing my paper, laughing at my jokes, making sure I didn't die and being a fantastic Ultimate teammate
- Jaden Hutchins (Resident Adviser): for reviewing my paper, presentation, and poster, making sure that I didn't die, and making sure I had silverware
- Lori Ball (Camp Director): for making it possible for me to attend, organizing a wonderful six weeks, and continuing to do so for years to come
- Dr. McGlaughlin (Lab Head): for letting me partake in his lab, use his resources, and giving me someone to look up to in my field
- Dr. Chelsie Romulo (Initial Mentor): for letting me stick my toe in the waters of ecology, a field of which I now love
- Dr. Oscar Levin (Initial Mentor): for telling me that I need data and bridging a large expanse between math and biology
- Rogene Lowe and Jane Radford: for preparing me for school, life, and this camp
- My Family: for supporting me, encouraging me, pushing me, and funding my attendance to FSI
Initially, FSI was designed to stimulate high school seniors' interest in science (with priority for rural students). Today, FSI focuses on enhancing scientific aspiration and achievement of Colorado's high school juniors and seniors who possess strong interest and aptitude in science. FSI strives to balance rural and urban participation, maintain gender equity, and recruit students from underrepresented groups.
FSI's primary goal is to provide students with authentic, engaging experiences to stimulate their knowledge, skills, and interest in STEM subjects. Additionally, FSI students are challenged to build their self-confidence and ability and to initiate their future academic and professional planning. Students benefit from experiences where they step outside their comfort zones, realize important societal roles they can fill, and pursue their most ambitious goals.