Second year organic chemistry students from Florida Gulf Coast University are halfway through a semester-long internship at Edison Ford. Students will be applying their knowledge to help interpret the chemistry and science related to the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory and the search for an organic rubber a century ago.
Seen here during one of their orientation and training sessions, the students are acting as docents in the historic Edison Botanical Laboratory and in the brand NEW exhibit, “Edison & Rubber: A Scientific Quest.”
During their internship, students will apply their science knowledge and training to interpret the Laboratory, rubber research, and chemical processes to visitors. This internship is part of an expanding partnership between the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and FGCU, as well as an on-going effort to provide early job experience for students as a part of their college training. The project also benefits Edison Ford by adding the skills and enthusiasm of these students to enhance the visitor experience.
The students are under the direction of FGCU professors, Dr. John Riley and Dr. Arsalan Mirjafari and Edison Ford
Chief Curator, Mike Cosden.