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A Term Research Project Focused on Electron Microprobe Studies of Unknowns in a Junior-Level Mineralogy/Petrology Course part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida Summary Two students using the FCAEM Electron microprobe via remote operation in Jeff Ryan's GLY 3311C course. DetailsAs the core activity of petrology portion of a ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Resource Type: Activities: Datasets and Tools, Activities:Field Activity:Research experiences for students, Activities:Project

Drinking Water Quality: An Interdisciplinary Research Experience of Introductory Geology and Chemistry Classes part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Robert Shuster, University of Nebraska at Omaha Summary At the University of Nebraska at Omaha, we have involved students in introductory Geology and Chemistry classes in an interdisciplinary study of drinking ...

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

Undergraduate research students investigate dune processes and change at a Lake Michigan site (Case study from 2007-2008 field season) part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:Case Studies
Deanna van Dijk, Department of Geology, Geography and Environmental Studies, Calvin College Overview of the Project Undergraduate research students working with Deanna van Dijk, a physical geographer and faculty ...

Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geomorphology
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity:Research experiences for students, Activities:Project

Geoscience education research project part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Students complete a scientific research project including asking a question, developing methods, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting data, and communicating results. The research question begins "What ...

Subject: Education
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project, Activities

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

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:Geology:Sedimentary Geology, Geoscience:Oceanography:Physical , Geoscience: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:Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Rocks
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Field Activity

Natural Disaster Risk at Home part of Example
Students analyze the natural disaster threat and potential mitigation techniques of their (family) home.

Subject: Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Extreme Weather, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Meteorology:Extreme weather, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Volcanology, Geoscience:Oceanography, Geology:Tectonics
Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Writing Assignment

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