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What is SCIFA Club?

SCIFA Club is a unique program designed to eliminate barriers to starting a career in the natural sciences and making science an accessible field for everyone. We offer quarterly workshops for those students and young adults who are interested in pursuing a career in biology that include hands-on activities and project experience, mentorship through a robust network of biologists, and professional development opportunities. 

costs and fees

Students will not be turned away due to inability to pay. There is a suggested donation and supply fee for families with students and young adults participating in workshops who are able to contribute. Students who meet one or more of the qualifications below will be considered SCIFA Scholarship Students and their participation will be funded by TRC and community partners:

  • Attend a Title I school

  • From a household that qualifies for one or more of the following:

    • SNAP

    • TANF

    • Medicaid

    • WIC

WHySCIFA

In an effort to uphold our values of inclusion in the natural sciences for BIPOC, disadvantaged youth, women, and other underrepresented groups, we decided to take steps to bridge the inclusion gaps in our field of work by creating SCIFA Club, meaning "Science For All". SCIFA club is an equal opportunity program meant to address and eliminate barriers that young adults face in pursuing a career in the natural sciences. One of the greatest barriers to people entering STEM fields is science inaccessibility. Employers and educational institutions value candidates with strong resumes and experience. However, opportunities for gaining experience and networking are not equally distributed.

 

The Rattlesnake Conservancy is committed to ensuring we are inclusive and making our programs accessible to everyone. Our mission is to advance the protection of rattlesnakes, and their habitat, through research and education. We believe that working with the youth to instill a life-long love of learning and passion for science, and making those opportunities accessible to everyone are vital to our conservation efforts.

Therefore, we are offering this quarterly workshop program to all young adults interested in pursuing a career in biology, regardless of their ability to pay.

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Who Is It For?

SCIFA Club workshops are designed for any 12 to 20 year old living in the Jacksonville, Florida area who may be interested in pursuing a career in science after high school. 

Students that meet the above criteria IN ADDITION to the SCIFA Scholarship Student qualifications, please let us know on your SCIFA Club interest form. These students will be given first priority in full SCIFA workshops and m