The Research Program at FAU High School
Are you interested in research? Join FAU High School’s Research Program!
Overall Program Description
The Research Program at FAU High School exposes students to research and scholarly inquiry in a variety of disciplines in order to ignite their personal curiosity. The FAUHS Research Program is a multi-course program that guides and supports students through learning basic, widely-used research skills, helping them find a faculty mentor, and through their research experience with that mentor.
What is research?
Student research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by a student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.
Why should you get involved in research?
Documented benefits of student research:
FAU High School Research Program highlights:
Contact: Tricia Meredith, Ph.D.
FAU High School
Research Program Coordinator
About Dr. Tricia Meredith
Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Dr. Meredith completed her bachelor’s degree in marine biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2004. Her first taste of research was to conduct an undergraduate thesis, during which she discovered that a certain species of marine worm employs chemical defenses to deter predators. Shortly thereafter, she entered the doctoral Integrative Biology Program at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Meredith’s dissertation research focused on the sense of smell in elasmobranch fishes (sharks, rays, and skates) and involved everything from shark fishing in the Florida Keys to electro-physiology experiments at Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex to documentaries on shark biology. In December 2011, she completed her doctorate and began postdoctoral research at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. Her postdoctoral work focused on the taste system in mammals to determine how the hormone leptin influences the sensitivity of taste cells and communication among them. Dr. Meredith is now Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University working to develop and teach courses in FAU High School’s Research Program.