Tick INsiders Application

Each year we seek highly motivated high school students (grades 9-12) with an interest in public health, infectious disease, entomology, and environmental science to join us on the Tick INsiders project in Spring-Summer. Students participate in a half-day field trip, and work with our team of researchers from the Department of Entomology to collect and analyze ticks.

Collections take place at Indiana State Parks, and may occur either during a weekday or weekend between April and September. Applicants must be able to commit a half-day to collecting (maximum 3 hours on site, not including travel to site), and have the consent of their parent or legal guardian. The scheduling of all field trips is at the discretion of Purdue University and as determined by weather and tick availability. Students are under the supervision of Purdue University personnel at all times. Participants are asked to assemble at designated meeting sites and are required to complete mandatory safety training prior to commencing activities. Participants must provide their own transportation to and from sites, and be willing and able to work outside. A background in biology or entomology and previous experience in field research is strongly recommended. Students enrolled in 4-H (esp. entomology, wildlife, or shooting sports education) are particularly encouraged to apply.

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