Did you hear? Recently scientists have discovered a predisposition of tumors and unusual coloring in a LEOPARD GECKO to a gene linked to human melanoma! This discovery is a huge advancement and a testament to how important reptiles can be to research.
Unfortunately, reptiles currently face unique challenges. Profound social and cultural barriers result in high rates of persecution, less public support for conservation, and less priority in regards to research, attention, and funding.
But the good news is…Kids LOVE reptiles! Nurturing this interest not only benefits these amazing creatures but fosters an interest in science as well as an overall appreciation for nature.
Students will have an opportunity to present their work to the public and other students, showcasing the importance of reptiles at the annual National Reptile Youth Alliance Research conference. First place, Second place, and Honorable Mention merit prizes are awarded for projects in the Junior and Senior Divisions. Selected Grand Prize recipients are awarded and presented with the opportunity to study alongside respected scientists and herpetology research experts.
Considering a correlation between children losing interest in STEM related subjects and certain social factors, The Reptile Youth Alliance puts a strong focus to encourage kids from diverse demographics to participate. This is substantial as STEM activities have been shown to engage youth academically, socially, and emotionally. Through the Reptile Youth Alliance Research Conference, hundreds of the community’s students will be challenged to go beyond their classroom studies to conduct independent project-based research. They work independently or in teams to address questions in the field of herpetology, a branch of zoology that deals with the study of reptiles and amphibians.
Reptiles such as snakes and lizards routinely make the list of the most reviled creatures by humans around the globe.This aversion, often exacerbated by media stereotypes painting these reptiles as vicious creatures, prevents these same people from understanding the benefits of reptiles and complicates the work of conservationists to preserve habitat, protect species, and study these creatures. Reptile enrichment specialist Jessica Hartman, makes the case that reptiles are vitally important to the ecosystem and imagines a world where the important study of these vertebrates leads to advances in cancer treatment, coronavirus research, search and rescue, and more. A native of central Florida, Jessica spent her formative years fascinated by the state’s bountiful variety of reptiles and amphibians. Today, she is an entrepreneur turned passionate conservationist with a mission of bringing people closer to wildlife. Her focus is educating youth on some of the world’s most misunderstood and detested species. As a founder of The Reptile Youth Alliance, a regional reptile outreach and educational program she hopes to further her goal to spread awareness about local conservation efforts.Contact the Organizer Contact the Organizer
3 available packages from US$125 to US$2000https://www.sponsormyevent.com/national-research-conference-fort-myers
By supporting a student, you will be providing them with the resources they need to fully participate in the Reptile Youth Alliance Conference, including registration fees, travel expenses, materials and equipment, and other associated costs. Your sponsorship will enable this student to showcase their research and make connections with peers, mentors, and potential future collaborators. In recognition of your generosity, we would be delighted to offer you the following benefits: Recognition of your sponsorship in all event materials, including the science fair program, website, and promotional materials. Public acknowledgement of your support during the opening ceremony and awards presentation. A detailed report on the student's project and performance in the science fair. A personalized thank-you letter from the student, highlighting their experience at the science fair and expressing their gratitude for your support.
The recipient of the scholarship will be selected by judges at the Research conference. By supporting this scholarship, you will be empowering a talented individual to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact on their community and the world. In recognition of your donation, we would be pleased to offer the following benefits: Recognition of your support in all scholarship-related materials, including the scholarship website, social media posts, and promotional materials. Public acknowledgement of your generosity during the scholarship presentation ceremony. A personalized thank-you letter from the scholarship recipient, highlighting their achievements and expressing their gratitude for your support. A detailed report on the impact of your donation, including the academic performance and achievements of the scholarship recipient.
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