research team mentor

Principal Investigator
Suzanne Loui, PhD
(Environmental Humanities)
Lecturer in Environmental Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Research focus for summer 2018

Using skills developed through the humanities, such as critical thinking and writing, familiarity with the connections between and different expressions of culture and nature, we will identify methods and processes for best communicating the research projects at Tyson Research Center to the Washington University and greater St. Louis communities.


Humanities fellows at Tyson will observe the research of each project team; interviewing their peers and faculty mentors, charting their objectives and goals, and placing the work of each project into a unique representative project for that team. Methods include (but are not limited to):  interviews and writing articles, filming and documenting via a web story for the Tyson website; creating graphic art pieces and signage to educate visitors to Tyson about the work and significance of the work. Fellows will be expected to have sound humanities skills, such as writing and analytic ability, a keen interest in science; the capacity to work with another person, constructing communication projects (with faculty mentoring). You must be willing to immerse yourself in a unique position as a humanities communicator amidst scientific researchers.

research conditions

It is anticipated that humanities fellows will spend approximately 50% of their time indoors, working on projects. They will spend 50% outdoors, in the field with science researchers. Field work will include extended periods in heat, exposure to sun, and common hazards such as ticks and poison ivy.

They will be full members of the Tyson summer research community and will participate in all cross-project training, including that for designing and presentation of a research poster for the WashU undergraduate research symposium in the fall of 2018. They will engage with all Tyson Fellows in the weekly undergraduate colloquium, weekly Tyson summer seminar series, and Thursday evening community dinners.

Team structure and opportunities for independent research

Dr. Loui will be present and available at Tyson Tuesdays through Thursdays. Humanities fellows will be present Monday through Friday. Initial project planning will require small group discussion; once a plan is established, work can be independent, with additional guidance available when needed.