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In the summer of 1993 I had an opportunity to participate in a research project at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory as a DOE Teacher Research Associate. Under the supervision of Rodney Walton, I conducted a survey of native bee species within the Fermilab grassland areas (including several remnant prairies and old-fields dominated by European grasses as well as the prairie restoration project areas) and an appraisal of the degree to which the domestic honey bees interfere with the native bees by observing the overlap in resource use by domestic and native bees.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Lederman Science Education Center Staff for their never tiring endeavor of providing quality learning experiences for students of all ages. The opportunities and the education I have found through my experiences at Fermilab have been exemplary. I would also like to thank Dr. Rodney Walton, Director of Environment, Safety and Health at Fermilab who provided the resources and encouragment to tackle my initial Bombus study, and Elizabeth Quigg, educational software designer at Fermilab, who provided support and suggestions for this project.

Author: Patricia Franzen, Madison Junior High School, Naperville,Illinois.
Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July 1, 1996 - Updated: July 24, 1996