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The Effect of Race and Ethnicity on High School Graduation Rates in Florida part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research:Example
In this individual research project, a senior thesis student conducts a regression analysis that investigates the effects of race, ethnicity, and poverty on high school graduation rates in Florida. The data are easily obtainable from the Florida Department of Education. The project can be modified to be a group research project in a Research Methods Class or a Special Topics Upper Level Economics class.

Subject: Sociology, Economics

Who Gets Help: A Field Experiment? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research:Example
Students carry out a field experiment in order to test the hypothesis that able bodied individuals receive less help than those perceived to have an injury. Students collect and analyze data and write an APA style research report.

Subject: Psychology, Sociology

What is the Discharge of the Congaree River at Congaree National Park? part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use a rating curve to determine discharge at various stage heights.

Subject: Geoscience

Spreadsheet Warm Up for SSAC Geology of National Parks Modules, 2: Elementary Spreadsheet Manipulations and Graphing Tasks part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. The second of two tutorials. Focuses on modifying spreadsheets (e.g., copy/paste, insert, sort) and creating and modifying graphs.

Lithospheric Density part of Examples
Students learn about the weighted mean by building spreadsheets that apply this concept to the average density of the oceanic lithosphere.

Subject: Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Tectonics, Geophysics, Geophysics:Tectonophysics, Geoscience, Physics:Classical Mechanics:Gravity, Physics:Other Sciences:Geoscience, Enviornmental Science, Physics:Classical Mechanics, Geoscience:Geology:Geophysics:Geodynamics, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards

What are the Winds Blowing into Mammoth Cave? part of Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students estimate the net volume of pollutants flowing into the Houchin's Narrows entrance of Mammoth Cave using actual air-flow and air-quality data from the park.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Within Rock, Geoscience, :Geology, Biology:Ecology:Habitats, Environmental Science:Air Quality:Pollutants, Mathematics, Environmental Science, :Air Quality, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Air quality, Biology:Ecology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Air quality:Pollutants

Tale of Two Cities (and two hurricanes): Miami part of Examples
Students use a spreadsheet to compute the hypothetical risk of an Andrew-like hurricane to downtown Miami.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Geoscience:Geology, Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience

Assessing earthquake risk: How often does the Big One occur? part of Examples
Students use spreadsheet tables and charts to explore the Gutenberg-Richter relationship between an earthquakes magnitude and recurrence interval.

Subject: Geoscience

Tsunami-Time part of Examples
Students build spreadsheets to compute the time it takes a tsunami wave to pass over different regions of the ocean.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Coastal Hazards:Tsunami, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Physics:Oscillations & Waves, Oscillations & Waves:Wave Motion, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Geoscience:Geology

Tale of Two Cities (and two hurricanes): New Orleans part of Examples
Students use spreadsheets to analyze the reasons why New Orleans has subsided in the past 250 years.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Management and Policy, Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water, Surface Water, Geoscience:Hydrology, Geoscience, :Hydrology:Ground Water:Water and society, policy, and management, Water cycle/groundwater-surface water interface, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Weathering/Soils, Landforms/Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology, Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Geology, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Mass Wasting, Subsidence, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Global Change and Climate:Climate Change, Environmental Science, Engineering, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Sea Level Change, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Extreme Weather:Hurricanes, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Mass Movement, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Floods/Fluvial Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Fluvial, Geography, :Physical, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change:Impacts of climate change, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climate Change, Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:Landforms/Processes:Coastal-zone, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Structural Geology:Folds/Faults/Ductile Shear Zones