BySternberg Museum


This page is under construction, and is still in very early development. I will be adding new content on an ongoing continual basis. Below I have listed the content objectives I currently have for this resource. I will be providing updates on the camps alumni Facebook page as new content is added.

When I started working on the Sternberg Museum Science Camps program in 2013, I did so with a very specific understanding of how such opportunities can help students. As a youth, I participated in similar programs, though none that really fully engaged my desire to learn all I could about earth and life science. I knew it needed to be more like a college field camp than a typical summer camp. That’s what I would have loved as a teen, and I knew there were students today that wanted, and needed, that very kind of thing. 
A major turning point in my career path was my first year as an instructor for a high school paleontology field camp, way back in 2006. In the years that followed, I continued working with youth science ed programs, and began mentoring work with one of the students from that 2006 paleontology camp I ran. I saw the immense impact that resource access and mentoring could have for young, engaged students. In graduate school, I began outlining an idea for helping students excited about earth and life sciences get access to informational resources and mentoring opportunities to help them reach their goals.
My work with students through the Sternberg Camps has focused my philosophies underpinning the Headwaters program concept. I hope you find these resources useful. This is an ongoing project, and the content available will grow and change over time. I encourage you to join the Camps Alumni page on Facebook for updates.
All my best,
David Levering 

Internship Program

The Sternberg Museum high school science camps contain three annual competitive paid internships for the following school year. Each summer, up to three student participants are selected by the camp staff for 4 month positions in either field data management or science education. Each internship comes with a $700 stipend. The selected students will exhibit initiative, attention to detail in the field and the classroom, strong organizational skills (especially field notes), and positive, supportive attitude towards their fellow students during their time at camp. Work for the internship is almost entirely digital, so we are not limited by where the students live, nor do students need to travel to Hays for their internship.

DeepDive Program

The DeepDive Program is a mentoring opportunity available to camps alumni who are interested in doing a literature review or research paper as part of a high school honors program, capstone project, or just independent project sanctioned by a teacher at their school, or through a homeschooling program. Students will be offered guidance on starting their project, outlining content, assessing literature, and provided comprehensive edits and comments to their written work.

Students must enter the program at the start of their project. This is not intended to be a method for free edits. Students participating must go through the following process for a literature review with the mentor working with them. (Typically, this will be Education Director David Levering.) Students wishing to do a project using data will need to go through additional, customized steps not outlined specifically here. This process will include a realistic assessment of how the student can go about collecting data, and how much time the student has to complete the project. 

1) Project conceptualization
2) Rough outline of topic
3) Reading and analyzing research literature
4) Detailed outline of topic
5) Drafting, edits+comments, and revisions process

Completion of projects is completely the responsibility of the student. Progress through different stages of the project process is at the discretion of the mentor. 

Camp Instructors & Alumni Network

Many camps alumni and instructional staff are members of the Sternberg Science Camps page on Facebook. It is a closed group to prevent it from being inundated with just anyone who stumbles onto the page. If you are a student alumni or parent of a student, just request access. Our administrator will approve your request as soon as they see it. 

Click here to go to the group.

Education Director David Levering (far left) with his first group of high school paleontology camp students. (Summer 2006)

Education Director David Levering (far left) with his first group of high school paleontology camp students. (Summer 2006)

Camps Alumni Facebook Page

Camps Alumni Facebook Page

Writing Samples

Mental Health Resources

Camp Instructors
& Alumni Network

Recognizing and Mitigating Abuse in Academia

How to Develop a Research Project

Online Databases

Digital Learning Resources

College Scholarships and Financial Aid

Job Postings

Networking Tips

Career Path Resources