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Learning to Identify Fossil Plants Using Living Plants

Tiffany is a high school student from Maryland who has been a Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) intern at the Museum for three years – one in the Fossil Lab in the Department of Paleobiology and two in the Genome Program, where she spent one year in the Department of Botany and another in the Department of Inverterbrate Zoology. For one of her projects she collected plants from Plummer’s Island, Md., and learned how to identify them using DNA barcoding and genetic sequencing. Her intern experience deepened her interest in plants.

About the YES! Program:

Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) is an internship program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from the Washington, D.C. region. Students get practical experience through a research internship with Smithsonian science staff, take exclusive behind-the-scene tours and field trips, participate in a college preparatory program, and create an outreach project for communicating science to peers. Interns also receive a stipend.

Watch the YES! video and then learn more at the YES! website.

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