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Summer Research Opportunity (SRO)


Student with BonesFor over a decade, the Whitaker Center for STEM Education has sponsored a two week event for middle school students interested in STEM. These students must have participated in the Thomas Alva Edision Regional Science Fair. They must prepare an application and are chosen to participate in a Summer Research Opportunity at Florida Gulf Coast University offering them a hands-on experience of collaboration on a complete and genuine research problem from hypothesis generation and initial design, through field and laboratory data collection, and culminating in data analysis and interpretation. 

The program is staffed by FGCU faculty and Graduate Student Assistants and takes place during each summer.

The Lee/Charlotte SRO 2016 program will be on forensic science with Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney, an FGCU Forensic Studies professor.

There will also be a high school SRO program for 2016. Please contact the Whitaker Center for more information


 SRO Highschool Students

For more information please contact Kendra Carboneau at (239)-590-7444 or


Camp Participation/Trip Release Form [.pdf - 400kb]

Transportation Form [.pdf - 189kb]

Medical Release Form [.pdf - 7kb]