Image: A summer internship provides Colorado community college students with ﬁrsthand research experience [Click image to enlarge]
As a former gymnast, Shala Wallace is used to being flexible. This summer, a unique research internship at CU Boulder put that ability to the test in a whole new way.
“Safe to say I hadn’t thought about studying tree cores very much before,” the Red Rocks Community College student says. “I learned that field research requires a lot of manpower and a lot of early mornings.”
Wallace, a first-generation college student, is one of ten participants in this year’s Re-search Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) program, a nine-week scientific internship designed to give community college students from around the state hands-on experience in environmental science disciplines such as hydrology, geology and ecology.