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YES! Intern Talk – 'Tiny Shells Hold Big Clues to the Past'

Livia, an intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, spent her summer working with microscopic fossil shells, called foraminifera. Scientists study their shell chemistry to reconstruct ocean temperatures from millions of years ago. Using a scanning electron microscope, Livia analyzed the elemental structure of the shells, contributing valuable information to a study about foraminifera extinction.

The Smithsonian Institution’s Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) internship program gives teens from communities that are underrepresented in STEM careers the opportunity to work with Smithsonian scientists and other experts. These young people from the greater Washington, D.C., area work on science research projects, and get science communication and college preparation training over the course of the program.

As part of the 2017 YES! program, the interns created these TED-style talks to share their stories.

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