The “Student Scientists” Outreach 

Vision Statement:  To encourage the development of life-long scientific learners through a engaging, student-centered investigation, problem solving curriculum 

The Student Scientist program focuses on the use of the zebrafish model system to engage, excite, and prepare students to pursue and succeed in STEM careers. Our primary objective is to help improve scientific reasoning in the next generation of students.  

Program Description:

Zebrafish (Danio rerio) is a vertebrate animal model used for interdisciplinary research. In this program, we take advantage of the captivating embryology, rapid embryonic development, and ease of genetic, cellular, and environmental manipulation afforded to the zebrafish model. Our program provides a hands-on, complementary approach to current curriculum that enhances the level of inquiry-based laboratory offerings in primary and secondary educational schools. Success of the Student Scientists program centers on collaboration with teachers to specifically tailor the program’s use to the common core objectives and teacher goals. In this way, curriculum is not being added to teachers already dense list of requirements, but providing opportunities to deliver the same curriculum with more engaging and inquiry based approaches.

The Student Scientists Outreach Program was seeded both in conception and funding from a “CAREER” award to Michael Barresi from the National Science Foundation. Additional and continued support has been provided by Smith College.

Program Director: Michael J. Barresi
STEAM Outreach Coordinator: Deborah Day
Co-educators: Many Barresi Lab members provide invaluable support to this program. They have included staff support, and graduate and undergraduate students.

Participating Districts

Windsor, CT
Enfield, CT
Longmeadow, MA
East Hampton, MA
Hampshire Regional (MA)
Northampton, MA
Greenfield, MA


Contact Information:

Michael J. Barresi

Email: mbarresi@smith.edu

Deborah Day

Email: dday@smith.edu