Duke GALS North Carolina

Duke GALS NC will be held from June 12-26, 2018 in beautiful Pisgah National Forest.  Pick-up and drop-off will occur at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.  Parents, guardians, and friends are encouraged to attend the student presentations at Duke University on the final day of the program.

Find out more about the GALS NC program in this article from the Duke Research Blog.

Have questions about the Duke GALS NC Carolina program? Email info.nc@sciencegals.org.


Duke GALS North Carolina Itinerary

Day 1 | You arrive at Duke University for the start of GALS. We spend some time getting to know each other and getting fitted for gear before heading out for our first night of camping!

Days 2-5 | We embark on our first backpacking trip. We explore Pisgah National Forest while learning about our surroundings. During this section of the program, you learn about the scientific process and engage in small group projects. When we leave the back-country, we stop at the Cradle of Forestry Visitor Center to learn about the birthplace of forestry and the landscape that we’re exploring.

Days 6-7 | We spend two days in the front-country focusing intensely on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem surveys. Other scientists (students and faculty) from Duke join us for these two days to provide additional perspective and expertise. We use sensors, camera traps, and chemical tests to gain a greater understanding of these ecosystems.

Days 8-11 | We continue scientific exploration on a second backpacking adventure in another section of Pisgah National Forest. During this section of the program, you engage in individual research projects of your choosing. You develop hypotheses and methods, then carry out an experiment which you design!

Day 12 | We head out of the woods and drive back to Durham.

Days 13-14 | We spend two days at Duke University, giving you time to finish your independent projects. You learn about statistical analyses, which you apply to the data that you collected. You may also use the Duke library and online resources to gather more information related to your chosen research topic. With your results, you make figures, draw conclusions, create a poster, and develop a presentation. Everyone takes turns practicing presentations and providing each other with feedback. We will also have a preparing for college panel and a science careers panel.

Day 15  | You deliver presentations of your individual projects to parents, guardians, friends, and Duke faculty and students. This is followed by a causal reception with lots of snacks and beverages.


See here for a typical day in the life of a GALS participant!