In June, three schoolteachers from New Orleans joined our lab work to obtain research experience. They are participating in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Teachers program. They each came to the Van Bael lab for several days to get acquainted with some of the basic techniques in endophyte isolation. They helped us out tremendously with our project on Spartina alterniflora. We hope that these experiences will be taken back to the classroom so that middle and high school students can learn more about issues facing our coast.