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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.

SRO 2014 programs included Forensic Skeletal Biology for Lee/Charlotte counties and Southwest Florida Climate Change in the Fakahatchee Swamp for Collier County.


Also during the summer of 2014 we had a group of five high school students and two high school teachers work in the chemistry department in a similar program with Dr. Ju Chou.  This represents a pilot program for a potential high school SRO. 

 SRO Highschool Students

For more information please contact Kendra Carboneau at (230)-590-7444 or


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

Behavior Contract [.pdf - 219kb]

Transportation Form [.pdf - 189kb]

Medical Release Form [.pdf - 7kb]