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Examples of Undergraduate Research Experiences

Here are examples of undergraduate research experiences that you can use as models for developing your own. Some of the pedagogical practices described in other parts of Starting Point can be developed as undergraduate research experiences as well. Others can be considered supporting structures for undergraduate research.

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Petrology in the Field and Laboratory part of Examples
In this multi-week project, students collect samples in the field, analyze them using various tools and instruments, then present their results and interpretations.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Minerals, Rocks

Analyzing beach sands with a SEM/EDS part of Examples
Students pose a question that can be answered using the SEM and sand they have previously collected from beach profiles.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis, Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology, Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks, Surface Processes:Coastal Processes, Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Minerals

Natural Disaster Risk at Home part of Examples
Students analyze the natural disaster threat and potential mitigation techniques of their (family) home.

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Geology:Tectonics, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Volcanology
Earth System Topics: Solid Earth:Plate Tectonics, Earth Materials:Rocks, Oceans, Surface Processes:Weathering, Erosion, Mass Wasting, Solid Earth:Volcanoes, Hydrology, Atmosphere:Weather, Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Hydrology:Surface Water

Watershed Analysis part of Examples
Students conduct a regional watershed analysis of an area of their choosing. Using on-line data and their personal knowledge of the area, they determine the annual hydrologic budget and teach the class about "their" watershed.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology, Hydrology:Ground Water:Water supply/water resource evaluation, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Ground Water:Geology of groundwater occurrence, Water cycle/groundwater-surface water interface
Earth System Topics: Hydrology, Ground Water, Surface Water

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