Secondary School Field Research Program

George E. Borst, President and CEO, Toyota Financial Services (left) and Michael Padilla, NSTA President, 2006 (right) present Susan Vincent the Toyota Tapestry Grant at the  National Science Teachers Conference, Anaheim, California, April 6, 2006. Ms. Vincent, science teacher at The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, New York was awarded a $10,000 grant to conduct a study of Piermont Marsh with her high school students.

Lamont Doherty's Secondary School Field Research Program engages High School teachers and students as science interns, working with Lamont scientists.  We operate a 6-week full-time summer internship program, in collaboration with the Harlem Childrens' Society and the Columbia Summer Research Program.  Teachers and students work in the field, collecting samples of water, soil, air, plants and animals in local wetlands, forests and even urban environments.  Teachers and students measure many of their own samples in Lamont laboratories, where they receive training in basic laboratory skills from our research staff.  Through the Columbia Summer Research Program, teachers can participate in collaborative professional development workshops.  Through the The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, students can get Field Science credits.  The Field Research Program also works with teachers to bring inquiry-based, hands on field and laboratory science into the classroom during the school year. 

The program is in its 4th year; it has operated with private donations, including an educational excellence grant from the Toyota Tapestry Foundation.  Toyota Tapestry has sponsored public school teacher and student participation in a long-term study of biological diversity and sustainability in a research wetlands along the Hudson River estuary, 10 miles north of New York City. 

In addition to the Toyota Tapestry Foundation, the SSFRP is sustained through grants from the National Science Foundation, Columbia Community Service, and the Harlem Children’s Society.  Our partnering High Schools currently includes: The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem, The Manhattan-Hunter Science High School, The Harbor School, the Environmental Leadership Academy, and The Henry Street Academy of International Studies.

 For more information contact:
Dr. Robert Newton, Program Director,, 845-365-8686
Susan Vincent, Field Instructor,, 413-204-4373


Students learn to use meter to collect water quality data.    Dr. Newton with the hardy few - winter sampling in marsh.