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The Pet Rock Project - Developing Professional Communication in a Petrology Course part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Professional Communications Projects:Examples

Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Campus-Based Learning:Examples
Students conduct a greenhouse gas emission inventory for their college or university. Students analyze findings and present information to the college or university community.

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

Petrology in the Field and Laboratory part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research: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.

Natural Disaster Risk at Home part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research:Example
Students analyze the natural disaster threat and potential mitigation techniques of their (family) home.

Campus Nitrogen Budget part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Campus-Based Learning:Examples
Link the college or university operations with local ecology. In this study, students use a tool from urban ecology, the nitrogen budget, to research the inputs, outputs and subsytem transfers of nitrogen on the college or university campus.

Professional Communication Projects: Training Science Students to Communicate part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Professional Communications Projects
Developed by Colleen H. Fava, Basic Sciences Communication Studio Coordinator, Louisiana State University and Darrell Henry, Campanile Charities Professor of Geology and Geophysics, Louisiana State University ...

Using a Groundwater Pollution Problem to Develop Professional Communication Skills part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Professional Communications Projects:Examples

Using an Observatory Project to Develop Professional Communication in Astronomy part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Professional Communications Projects:Examples
This is a comprehensive project using the Highland Road Park Observatory camera. This project encompasses the formal portions for both written and spoken communication, and carries 55% of the course credit.

Developing Professional Communication Skills in an Undergraduate Research Experience Poster Session part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Professional Communications Projects:Examples

Building Professional Communication Skills in Microbiology part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Professional Communications Projects:Examples

Service-Learning part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Service-Learning
Created by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center, and enhanced first by Ed Laine (Bowdoin College) and then by Andrea Ziegert (Denison University), Nancy Brooks (Cornell University), Emily Janke (UNC ...

Impact Craters and Water on Mars part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research: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!

Watershed Analysis part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research:Example
Students conduct a regional watershed analysis of an area of their choosing. Using on-line data and their personal knowledge of the area, they determine the annual hydrologic budget and teach the class about "their" watershed.

Becoming a Psychology Scholar part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Quantitative Writing:Examples
This assignment takes indtroductory psychology students step-by-step through the research process.

American Politics Group Data Projects part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Quantitative Writing:Examples
SETUPS (Empirical Teaching Unites in Political Science) data, published by the American Political Science Association, will be employed in group data analysis projects in an American Government class. Students then use results from these reports in composing an essay question on the course's final exam.

The Effects of Condemned/Restored Homes on Surrounding Property Values: A Student/Faculty Collaborative Research and Service Learning Experience part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research:Example
In this undergraduate research and service learning project, students and faculty collaborate on a study of the effects of condemned/restored homes in their college town on surrounding property values. While this example describes an experience in a small, upper-level elective course, it includes suggestions for modifications of design and learning goals for other learning levels and environments.

Using Census Data to Identify a Town's Housing Needs: A Student/Faculty Collaborative Research and Service Learning Experience part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research:Example
In this classroom project, students and faculty help a local housing non-profit identify area U.S. Census tracts most in need of its assistance in promoting decent and affordable homeownership to low- to moderate- income individuals. While this example describes an experience in a small, upper-level elective economics course, it includes suggestions for modifications of design and learning goals for other learning levels and environments.

The Effect of Race and Ethnicity on High School Graduation Rates in Florida part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research:Example
In this individual research project, a senior thesis student conducts a regression analysis that investigates the effects of race, ethnicity, and poverty on high school graduation rates in Florida. The data are easily obtainable from the Florida Department of Education. The project can be modified to be a group research project in a Research Methods Class or a Special Topics Upper Level Economics class.

Using Student Data from Your Own College or University to Identify the Best Predictors of Student Success in College part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Undergraduate Research: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.

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