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Developing Student Ability to Ask Scientific Questions part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities: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 ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water
Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Lab Activity

Determining slope movement and water contamination of quicklime deposits along Lake Winnebago, High Cliff State Park, Wisconsin part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
For nearly 100 years, the site that is now High Cliff State Park near Sherwood, WI was the site of a quicklime kiln. Local Silurian dolomite from the Niagara Escarpment was quarried and baked in large kilns before ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Field Activity, Project

Introduction to Science - Penny Histograms part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities: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

Predicting Radon levels in homes based on geology part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
By supplementing existing traditional labs on mineral and rock identification, and on interpreting geologic maps, and creating a lab time for analyzing data available on the web, the students will determine if ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Air quality, Environmental Science:Air Quality:Indoor Air Pollution
Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Project

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 ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Problem Set, Activities, :Writing Assignment, Field Activity, Project, Lab Activity

Groundwater wells part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
We created a field of 8 wells that tap into the unconfined aquifer close to campus. Four of the wells are open for students to collect samples and take measurements. The remaining four wells have instruments that ...

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water, Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity:Groundwater
Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :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, ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Writing Assignment, Field Activity, Activities, :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 ...

Subject: Biology:Molecular Biology, Biogeochemistry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Writing Assignment, Activities, :Field Activity, Lab Activity, Project

Stratigraphic Architecture of Table Rock, Boise, Idaho part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
In the GEOS 315 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy course at Boise State University, students conduct field research over a period of 4-5 weeks at Table Rock, a prominent sandstone plateau and popular hiking ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology:Stratigraphy
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Writing Assignment, Activities, :Field Activity, Project

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 ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Structural Visualizations
Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Lab Activity