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Impact Craters and Water on Mars part of Example
Students explore for water on Mars using impact crater morphology. During this lab, students: learn to use the equation writing and graphing capabilities in Microsoft Excel, thendevelop and apply an impact crater depth-diameter relationship in an effort to constrain the depth to a possible water-rich layer beneath one or more portions of the surface of Mars!

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science, Geology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Family Economy of 19th-Century Industrial Workers part of Example
This activity teaches students how to formulate research questions and perform empirical analysis. Students analyse family budgets from late 19th-century industrial workers.

Subject: Economics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project

Replicating Results of Famous Empirical Papers part of Example

Resource Type: Activities: Activities

Using economic theory to predict outcomes: Applying stylized facts from the literature to the Solow Model part of Example
Students often do not understand how to derive a theoretical model and how to manipulate it to get predictions. The emphasis of this pedagocial example is to show students how they can manipulate the Solow model to predict outcomes. Student develop a set of "stylized facts" from a literature search. They then used those stylized facts to manipulate the model to answer a complex real-world question whose answer is ambigous.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project

Three-Semester Honors Thesis part of Example
A three-semester Honors Thesis in economics allows students to integrate their entire undergradaute economics experience into a challenging, meaningful, creative research project.

Subject: Economics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project

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

Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Geoscience:Geology:Sedimentary Geology, Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Lab Activity

Petrology in the Field and Laboratory part of Example
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:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity

Using Student Data from Your Own College or University to Identify the Best Predictors of Student Success in College part of Example
In this individual research project, a senior thesis student conducts a regression analysis that explores whether high school GPA or standardized test scores are better predictors of the cumulative GPAs of college graduates at her own university. The data are easily obtainable from the Office of Institutional Research. 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: Economics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project

Economics Senior Thesis part of Example

Subject: Economics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project

Research on Economics of Population part of Example
Research paper on the economics of population using international census data.

Subject: Economics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project