University of Vermont

Free Teen Science Café Tackles Subject of Stress

Burlington--As the new school year gets underway, students, especially teens, may find themselves juggling schoolwork with jobs and making time for extracurricular activities and friends, which can be stressful.

At a free VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Café on Sept. 22 students in Grades 7-12 will have an opportunity to explore the science of stress, including how it affects their behavior and their bodies. The café will take place from 5-7 p.m.  in the Mansfield Dining Room at the Dudley Davis Center on the University of Vermont (UVM) campus in Burlington. Free pizza and drinks will be served.

All participants must register by Sept. 19 at To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (802) 888-4972 by Sept. 12.

Allie Sullivan, a third-year doctorate student in UVM's joint Clinical and Developmental Psychology program, will share research on stress and what family-based treatments can do to decrease it. Teens will participate in hands-on activities that will help them regulate their stress levels.

Anyone participating in this café will have an opportunity to take part in a follow-up workshop on Oct. 3 at the UVM Social Development Lab to explore the tools physiologists use in their research. Two sessions will be held, 6-7 p.m. and 7:15-8:15 p.m., with each session limited to six participants. Registration will open after the Sept. 22 café.

Additional teen science cafés are planned this fall for Oct. 20 (entomology) and Nov. 10 (GIS and maps in decision-making) with more scheduled in 2019. A teen leadership team, with guidance from the UVM Extension 4-H program, plan and facilitate these cafés for teens to explore science, engineering and technology topics.

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