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Student Research


In this space, your students will be able to share the results from their research projects and explore projects done by other students all over the country.

Pages containing student projects will be private, much like the Eyes in the Sky II Web Course discussion pages. These pages will only be viewable by other students/teachers participating in the showcase.

Submission Guidelines

Each project will get its own web page on the Eyes in the Sky II website. Students can generate these pages themselves using one of three online forms. Students should submit their projects using the form best suited to how they would like to share their work with the rest of the Eyes in the Sky II community.

In order to submit a project and comment on other projects, students will need to register for an account on the SERC CMS (just like you did at the beginning of the Eyes in the Sky II Web Course). We will provide each teacher with 20 unique "dummy" email addresses and passwords to be used by their students. These email addresses will serve as login names that will give students access to the Virtual Showcase pages. However, they will not be functional email addresses. You can assign email addresses and passwords to your students and create the accounts for them or send an email to the Eyes in the Sky II Team (eyesskyteam@serc.carleton.edu) with a list of student names and we will create the accounts for you.

Depending on how your students conducted their research project(s), they may have a single class project, a few group projects, or many individual projects to submit. You are only required to have one project submitted by your students to fulfill your student research requirement for the Eyes in the Sky II program. However, your students may submit more than one project if you wish. We recommend you limit your class submissions to 20 projects or less. Please send an email to the Eyes in the Sky Team (eyesskyteam@serc.carleton.edu) if you wish to have more than 20 projects submitted by your students.

How to Create Student Accounts

  1. Go to http://serc.carleton.edu/admin. Make sure you are not logged into your own CMS account.
  2. Click on the "Create a New Account" link on the right-hand side of the screen.
  3. Fill in the Email Address field with one of the dummy email addresses designated for your students. You must use one of these email addresses to login or the system will not recognize you. Make sure you use the passwords assigned to each email address and keep track of who each email/password combination is assigned to.
  4. Fill in all of the remaining requested information and click the "Register Now" button.
  5. Repeat for additional accounts.

Suggestions for setting up accounts:


The best projects will receive cash awards in the amount of $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. Projects can be submitted by individuals, teams, or whole classes. In the case of team or class entries, the cash award will be split equally among the winning team/class members. Teachers of first place prize winners will also receive a $500 award. By default, Eyes in the Sky staff members will notify teachers only about prizes. It will then be your responsibility to notify your students and present them with their awards. However, if your students would also like to be notified directly if they win a prize, please have them fill out a Prize Notification Form.

Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

Resources for Student Research

Here are some useful resources to help you plan your student research projects.

2012 Research Showcase Winners

Field Collected Data Project

  1. Measuring the Sky Brightness in Rockland, Maine; Mr. Pete Kalajian
  2. Low level mapping with small cameras and hobby airframes; Mr. Vin Urbanowski

Most Creative/Innovative Project

  1. Did the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami Affect the Area of High Particulate Organic Carbon and High Chlorophyll Concentration?; Ms. Caitlin Anderson Everett
  2. Japan Radiation Cloud; Mr. Peter Dorofy

Community-focused Project

  1. The Effects of Water Temperatures near Florida on the populations of the Trichechus manatus latirostris species; Ms. Julie Mankiewicz
  2. Changing Snowfall in Southern California Mountains; Ms. Jeni Williams

Best Incorporation of Eyes in the Sky Perspective

  1. Correlating aerosol optical depth and the total column water vapor near the coast of Africa; Ms. Julie Mankiewicz
  2. Is There a Relationship Between Type of Plate Boundary and Type of Volcanoes?; Ms. Jenelle Hopkins

2011 Research Showcase Winners

Field Collected Data Project

  1. Analyzing the Passaic River: New Jersey's Industrial Waterway; Mr. Billy Goodman
  2. Drinking and Fracking in Bergton, VA: Past Drilling, Present Water Quality, and Future Concerns; Mr. Russell Kohrs
  3. Pecking through the Peckman River: An analysis of water quality; Mr. Billy Goodman

Most Creative/Innovative Project

  1. A Study of the Change in Area of Snow Coverage in October on the Himalayan Mountain Range From 1966 to 2004; Ms. Caitlin Anderson
  2. How has the proportion of +2° Celsius global temperature anomalies compared to -2° Celsius global temperature anomalies changed from 1880 to 2009?; Ms. Caitlin Anderson
  3. Monarch Butterfly Migration 1995-2010; Ms. Danielle Bugge'

Community-focused Project

  1. Odiorne Point State Park: Jewel of the New Hampshire Seacoast; Ms. Ina Ahern
  2. Leaf Area Index; Ms. Jennifer Mott
  3. Radiation Near You; Ms. Danielle Bugge'

Best Incorporation of Eyes in the Sky Perspective

  1. January vs July NO2 Concentrations in Cincinnati, Ohio For the Years 2008-2010 and Possible Reasons for NO2 Concentration Variation; Ms. Jenn Coury
  2. Amazon Rainforest Deforestation from 2000 to 2010; Ms. Caitlin Anderson
  3. Arctic Sea Ice Extent Between 1995-2005; Ms. Caitlin Anderson

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