Scientist in Residence Program Records

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    Finding Aid for the Scientist in Residence Program Records, 2005-2013 (#2011-0013)
    (University of Houston-Clear Lake Archives, 2011)
    Dr. Ronald Pastrana, retired NASA scientist, first initiated the Scientist in Residence Program at Mill Road Intermediate School in 2006 as a two-day enrichment program for fourth graders. In 2008, Dr. Pastrana moved the program to first and fourth graders at Chancellor Livingston Elementary School in Rhinebeck, New York, where it subsequently grew into an all-grades week-long event augmenting their standard science curriculum. The program provides students with background information and hands-on experiences to discuss lunar geology, Earth and Life Sciences, as well as other topics related to the U.S. Space Program. The impact of the program on the student’s interests may be clearly seen through the many samples of student essay letters, images, and research papers submitted by following the program. When this program began at Livingston Chancellor Elementary School in 2008, Dr. Ron Pastrana donated various examples of student artwork and essay letters for the UHCL Archives. These items were housed in the UHCL Archives Vertical File under the term “Scientist in Residence Program (Rhinebeck, NY)” by the year. Dr. Pastrana annually contributed student research essays, images, artwork, thank you letters, and program overview. These items were formally processed out of the Vertical File and into the Scientist in Residence Program Records after the 2011 donation and also includes addenda up to 2013.