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As schools make plans to help slow the spread of coronavirus, NHMU is making its award-winning Research Quest science program available live, online to students throughout Utah and the country.

Currently, NHMU has plans to offer classes Monday through Friday from 9:30-10:30 AM MDT. We've also been experimenting with post-class, virtual study halls.

Next Week's Schedule - All classes begin at 9:30 AM MDT,  Study Hall runs from 10:30-11:00 AM, and daily Q&A with Research Quest Live guests starts at 11:00 AM.

We'll be adventuring through Utah's majestic Uinta Mountains to research two scientific questions that will allow you to tackle current topics like the impact of climate change on biodiversity in this forest.

  • Monday, April 6: What's killing these trees? Part 1
    RQ Live Special Guest: NHMU Guest Educator, Isabel Perez-Vega

  • Tuesday, April 7: What's killing these trees? Part 2
    RQ Live Special Guest: University of Utah PhD Student studying how ecosystems respond to climate change, Vanessa Baily

  • Wednesday, April 8: Who wins and who loses in a rapidly changing forest? Part 1
    RQ Live Special Guest: NHMU's Herbarium Collections Manager, Allison Izaksonas

  • Thursday, April 9: Who wins and who loses in a rapidly changing forest? Part 2
    RQ Live Special Guest: NHMU video production partners, Colby Bryson & Rob Blatt

  • Friday, April 3: Q&A with NHMU's Curator of Garrett Herbarium and Paleobotanist, Dr. Mitchell Power

Future Classes: We'll spend the week of April 13th with NHMU Paleobotanist Dr. Mitchell Power and NHMU Educator Isabel Perez-Vega to continue our research on the dynamics and impacts of change on ecosystems.

Be sure to sign up below for instructions on how to join us.

Research Quest Classes are:

  • Designed for middle school students to work independently, and younger students with help

  • Facilitated by a professional NHMU educator

  • Interactive and available free of charge

  • Offered weekdays beginning at 9:30 AM MDT

  • Taught in multiple sessions with fresh content each day

You can do some, or all, the classes. And you do not need to do them in order!

We'll offer all students who complete each class a digital Certificate of Completion. 

This is a new project for NHMU and we're looking forward to learning with you. Following each class, you'll be invited to share your ideas, feedback, and suggested questions for NHMU scientists.

We'll be making archived sessions available following each class, so if you miss a session don't worry — you'll be able to do it, with NHMU assistance, anytime. Visit our archive page here.

If you're a current Research Quest user, please note that you can continue to use these resources as you currently do.This offering is designed as an additional service at a time when some schools are mobilizing to create the best possible distance learning opportunities for their students.

Research Quest is a free service from the Natural History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah. It's designed for middle school students and provides supplemental science education and critical thinking opportunities using research and objects from NHMU's collections. Our Friday broadcasts are good for all ages, including adults. 


Sign up below to join the Research Quest Live community and get full instructions for future broadcasts.

We'll email information the day before each class so you can get ready.