We Early Birds worked very hard to conduct our experiment shown here, but we’d like to express our gratitude towards those who were a large part of the process behind the scenes.

Firstly, we’d like to give a big thank you to Larry & Kathy Jennings and the VWR Charitable Foundation for making our E.S.S.R.E. experience possible. Their contributions mean much to us budding scientists.

Thank you so much, Mr. David Brock, for being our E.S.S.R.E. administrator. We’re sure his prior 18 years of experience leading the E.S.S.R.E. program didn’t prepare him for the shenanigans of 2019’s group, but he handled us with such loving grace. Not only have you given us the knowledge become strong, competent scientists, but we also know just a little more about the world and how it works because of you (I mean, who else would have the patience to explain SS numbers, taxes, and topics not vaguely related to science like you did??) It was an honor to have you in your last year here and we wish you only the best in your journey to come.

A big shoutout to our T.A.s Ava, Liz, Payten, and Taja for leading us in the right direction, and keeping us sane along the way (even if our questions drove them a little insane).

*Super special shoutout for Liz for making the delicious S’ mores bars that provided us the energy to continue our research*

Finally, we’d like to thank and acknowledge each individual earthworm that was uprooted and counted during our experiment (And yes, we named and categorized all 271 of them).







Miscellaneous: Abe, Adam, Al, Ana, Anthony, Baby, Baldwin, Beaut, Bellagio, Benny, Bethany, Bethesda, Billy, Carl, Carlos, Casey, Cassidy, Charles, Charlotte, Chester, Cleo, Cole, Cubic, Curley, Dylan, Edward, Feisty BoiGeorgia, Gertrude, Gilligan, Grace, Grande, Greta, Jamison, Jaylen, Jessica, Jim, Johnny, Jugar, Justin, Keisha, Kelly, Kilometers, Klarence, Kyle, Kyler, Logan, Lonely Betty, Ma’am, Maria, Marise, Marsha, Mary, Naomi, NathanielPearson, Percy, Pete, Phillip, Pinch, Pterodactyl, Quinn, Rachel, Rebecca, Reily, Robert, Roland, Rudy, Rupert, Samson, Sean, Shady, Sienna, Siobhan, Slim, Slimey, Speedy, Stephen, Teri, Thiccums, Thomas, Thrasher, Ursula, Vincent, Wiggly Joe, Winslow, Yeet, Zeze

Celebrities: Angelina Jolie, Barack Obama, Beethoven, Beyonce, Bill Nye, Bob Ross, Brad Pitt, Brittany Spears, Cardi B, Cee Lo Green, Cher Lloyd, Dolly Parton, Ellen DeGeneres, Gwen Stefani, Hanson, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Machiavelli, Malia Obama, Mariah Carey, Micheal Jackson, Michelle Obama, Mozart, N’Sync, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Oprah Winfrey, Sasha Obama, Sid Vicious, Stan Lee, Steve Harvey, Taylor Swift

Fictional Characters: (Disney) Alex Russo, Baljeet, Buford, Buzz, Candace, Cody Martin, Ferb, Hannah Montana, Isabella, Kim Possible, Phineas, Raven Baxter, Rex, Woody, Zach Martin; (The Simpsons) Bart, Homer, Lisa, Maggie, Marge; (Nickelodeon) Boots, Diego, Dora, Drake, Josh, Megan; (Cartoon Network) Finn, Jake the Dog, Princess Bubblegum; (Marvel) Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Man, Loki, Miles Morales, Peter Parker, Thor; (Harry Potter) Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley

Foods: Apple, Brussels Sprout, Corn, Empanada, Hazelnut, Hershey’s, Kit-Kat, Kiwi, Lemonhead, Mango, Maple Syrup, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pineapple, Poptart, Radish, Rotisserie, Sandwich, Skittles, Strawberry, Turnip, Watermelon

Family: Daughter, Father, Mother, Son

Cars: Bugatti, Buick, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Toyota, Volvo

Sports/Horse Racing: Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Belmont, Croquet, Derby, Futbol, Golf, Jockey, Lacrosse, Pimlico, Preakness, Rock Climbing

Bugs: Ant, Beetle, Cicada, Spider

Plants: Daisy, Ivy, Jasmine, Lavender, Lily, Poppy, Rhododendron, Rose

Spices: Cinnamon, Coriander, Cumin, Oregano, Paprika, Rosemary, Saffron, Sage, Thyme, Turmeric

Gemstones: Amethyst, Emerald, Garnet, Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Turquoise

Stars: Achernar, Arcturus, Betelgeuse, Canopus, Capella, Procyon, Rigel, Rigil Kentaurus, Sirius, Vega

Video Games: Mario, Mortal Kombat, Pokemon, Sonic, Zelda

Name Pairings: Mike, Ike; Hunter, Gatherer; Ben, Jerry

ESSRE Staff: Ava, Cheryl Carmona, David Brock, Liz, Payten, Taja

The Early Birds: Ainsley, Gabi, Karis, Maura