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Aurora Mastodont Project - Matrix Analyses Project part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
This is a laboratory based assignment that is for Introductory level geoscience classes (Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Earth Science) that brings an authentic research experience to your students. In the ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities

Developing Student Ability to Ask Scientific Questions part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
This activity is a two-part (three week) lab in which students initially develop a claim (non-scientific) and learn how to use evidence to support a claim. They then are provided with a scientific research question ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities

Florida River Project - individual and group research project part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
The Florida River Project is a semester-long project involving (1) an individual project in which students pose a scientific question and use existing data to test their hypothesis, and (2) a group project in which ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Problem Set, Activities, :Writing Assignment, Field Activity, Lab Activity, Project

The Mini-Sedimentologist part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Keywords: scientific method, scientific writing, sediment cores, core description, smear slides, grain-size analysis During this multi-week or semester-long assignment, students collect sediment cores in the field, ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Writing Assignment, Activities, :Field Activity, Project, Lab Activity

Genomics of microbial communities in Thermopolis Hot Springs part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
The hot springs (52°C) in Thermopolis, WY contain abundant microbial mats, including mineral-rich filamentous bacteria. While cooler than nearby Yellowstone, Thermopolis contains a number or rare or unique ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Writing Assignment, Activities, :Field Activity, Project, Lab Activity

GEOLOGIC MAPPING IN GOOGLE EARTH: TOOLS AND CHALLENGES part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Activity 1: The Structural Geology Mapping Challenge is a web based Google Earth exercise, where students outline bedding traces and measure strike and dip orientations to determine fold geometry. Students start ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities

Introduction to Science - Penny Histograms part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Overview: This exercise serves as an introduction to histograms. Students are given a short introduction to histograms in lecture and reading. They are then broken up into different groups of 3-5 students. Students ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities

Intro to Graphing part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Intro to Graphing is a 2-phase exercise that introduces students to Excel for the purposes of properly storing their data and producing graphs.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities

Library Research Lab: Does the Ozone Hole cause Global Warming? part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
In this lab activity students get to investigate a specific question (Does the Ozone Hole cause Global Warming?) and formalize their investigation as a briefing paper for the President of the United States. This ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities

Water Sampling Activity part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Undergraduate students sample surface water in on-campus ponds using scientific techniques and analyze results.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Project, Lab Activity

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