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Reminder: Insect Fair deadline Oct. 10

If your group plans to participate in the 2014 Insect Fair this December, the deadline to register is Oct. 10! The D2D team hopes to see all of you there! If you have questions about the Insect Fair or the registration process, please email Katie-Lyn ( You can register and get more information here.

The 18th Annual Insect Fair will be on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Coffman Memorial Union on the East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota. Check-in will start at 9 a.m. and the event kicks off at 10 a.m.

We will once again be hosting an event for D2D the evening before at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. The event will be similar to last year: dinner, activities for the youth, and focus groups for the adults.

Katie-Lyn will be in touch with you all in the coming weeks with more details and to start making travel and lodging arrangements for those groups coming from out of state.

Important dates and reminders

  • Next D2D conference call

    Our next D2D Adult Leader conference call will be on Thurs., Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. This will be your chance to ask any questions of us on how to wrap up your groups if you haven't already, what's coming next for D2D, what to expect at the Insect Fair this year, and let us know how your summers went! The number is 424-203-8075; Passcode: 795878#.

  • Mark your calendar for the Insect Fair

    Save the date: The 18th Annual Insect Fair will take place at Coffman Union on Dec. 6. More information will be coming soon in an email invitation, and D2D specific details will be talked about on the call in September.

  • Send in forms

    Please send in your consent forms, demographic information, attendance sheets and group rosters. They can be mailed to Katie-Lyn at 2003 Upper Buford Circle, 135 Skok Hall, St. Paul, MN 55122, or scanned and emailed to Katie-Lyn ( or Kim (

Greetings from the U of M Monarch Lab! We invite you and your students to participate in the 17th annual Insect Fair, funded by the Medtronic Foundation, on Sat., Dec. 7, 2013. This is an opportunity for your students to display research projects in a science fair-like setting. Any projects related to insects or their habitats are welcome! The fair will be at the University of Minnesota Coffman Union, and will feature exciting break-out sessions, small group interviews, great food, and awards. For more information and to view sample projects, check out our web site ( - select Insect Fair on the navigational menu in the Monarchs in the Classroom section.

All student presenters must make a poster on their research, and submit an abstract for their poster. Students can work individually, in small groups, or as entire classes. Their research can be experimental, carried out in the classroom, outside, or in the library; they do not have to have earth-shattering results. The research can address insects or any other ecological topic that seems relevant (since insects are such key members of communities, anything you study can be related to insects in some way). In addition to carrying out and presenting their research, whenever possible we ask that each student give an "outreach" presentation to younger students, their peers, or adult groups.

We will collect all Insect Fair information online. The first step is to signup online at by Oct. 11 if you'd like to participate. At this point you'll create an account for yourself on our website (unless you already have an account from previous years). You will be able to login at a later point to submit student participant names, project titles, etc. If you have any problems with the online registration, please let us know (612 625-8304,

We look forward to seeing you, and learning about the great research you and your students are doing!


Katie-Lyn Bunney, Sarah Weaver, Karen Oberhauser, and the rest of the MITC Team
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