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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, :Project, Field Activity

Building a Local Stratigraphic Column: A research-based assignment for an introductory course part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Students build a stratigraphic column for a pre-selected area through the compilation of a series of individual research projects. Students are required to conduct introductory field research as well as a ...

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

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

Semester Long Martian Research Project part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
These project materials scaffold students through a semester-long, original research project. This specific project was developed using the online planetary science database JMARS. Weekly assignments guide ...

Subject: Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars
Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Project

Predicting Radon levels in homes based on geology part of Cutting Edge: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:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Air quality, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Environmental Science:Air Quality:Indoor Air Pollution
Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Project

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.

Subject: Geoscience
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 ...

Subject: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate:Ozone depletion
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity, Activities

Student-designed Authentic Research Projects in a Non-major Environmental Geology Course part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Student-designed, data-based authentic research projects can be useful tools for incorporating a dimension of authentic research in non-major science courses. Such an approach has been followed in a geoscience ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Project

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.

Subject: Environmental Science:Water Quality and Quantity, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project, Lab Activity, Activities