Workshop Program

Workshop Goals

As a part of this workshop, participants will:

  • Consider the range of opportunities and share strategies and methods to provide research experiences for students in lower division Earth Science courses. We will identify innovative teaching methods, approaches, and activities that can provide research experiences for students in a wide range of instructional settings: e.g., large courses, field-based courses, analog and digital modeling, and much more.
  • Examine ways to promote "Earth Science habits of the mind" through students' participation in authentic research activities.
  • Consider the ways that student research projects can be designed to contribute to public science literacy, with applications to a range of issues facing humanity regarding responsible and sustainable stewardship of the planet.
  • Develop strategies to "scale up" research activities to involve large numbers of lower division students and to make recommendations for data, software, material supplies, equipment, field support, and other logistical needs to allow all students the opportunity to engage in Earth Science research.
  • Contribute to a) the development of a collection of resources (journal articles, websites, reports, books) that inform "best practices" in the design, development, and implementation of research experiences for students in the first two years of the undergraduate curriculum; b) collections of case studies, models, and examples of research experiences that have been implemented in lower division courses in the Earth Sciences in a number of different instructional settings, and c) the review of these newly created research teaching activities according to the On the Cutting Edge review criteria.

Sunday, August 10

7:30 - 3:00 Optional Hike to Sacagawea Peak ($15; Leave dorms 7:30, Pick up others at Grantree Inn; Lunch on Ridge; Return in time to refresh). For an overview of this hike, please refer to the Trail Guide to Sacagawea Peak

5:00 Welcome and ice breaker: Student Union Building, Rooms 233/235

6:00 Dinner

6:30-8:00 Round table discussions over coffee and dessert:

  • What do we mean by student research? What "counts" as authentic research?
  • Respond to PCAST Engage to Excel (Acrobat (PDF) 2.8MB Jul25 14) report: what are the key findings and how can the geosciences best respond?
  • What are the opportunities/challenges
  • What resources are "out there"
  • What resources do we need?

Monday, August 11

7:30 Continental Breakfast- Fruit, coffee, bagels, juice provided. Check out the Student Union for a full service breakfast.

8:00-8:15 Charge of the day

8:15-9:30 Demonstrations I (select one of the following; participatory lab work)

  • Google Earth for Online and Distance Education (GEODE)--Mladen Dordevac and Heather Almquist; Room 140 Gaines Hall
  • Research on Microbial Mats--Suki Smaglik; Room 047 Gaines Hall

9:30 - 9:45 Break SUB 233/235

9:45-10:30 Student Research Opportunities at Open Topography (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 337.8MB Aug11 14)--Ramon Arrowsmith (whole group, Sub 233/235)

10:30-11:45 Panel I - Designing an Effective Undergraduate Research Experience; Student Union 233/235

Moderator, Linda Reinen

Panel 1 Discussion Notes

12:00-12:45 Lunch

1:00 - 2:15 Demonstrations II (short demonstrations; choose 2 for ~ 30 minute presentations each; switch session half way through)

2:15-3:30 Demonstrations III (select one of the following; participatory lab work)

3:30-5:30 "SHARE FAIR" (and Refreshment Break) Informal interactions with posters, demonstrations of equipment, resources, and other materials; demonstrate what you are already doing; float an idea of a new project you'd like to do; get direct feedback from participants.... SUB 233/235

  • Demonstration of portable XRF instrument--David Mogk (see the Powerpoint presentation from the On the Cutting Edge 2010 Teaching Geochemistry workshop by Kirsten Nicolaysen, Trace Element Data Using Innov-X PXRF (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 19.2MB Jun15 10)
  • Virtual field trip to sites spanning the K-Pg boundary in NE Montana--Kathryn Hoppe
  • Coastal Studies – marriage of the geoscience sub-disciplines--Tania Anders
  • IRIS Earthquake Resources--John Taber
  • Student Assessment of Their Learning Gains from Conducting Collaborative Research Projects in a Lower Level Environmental Geology Course (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.6MB Aug11 14) --Juk Bhattacharyya
  • Stratigraphic Architecture of Table Rock, Boise, ID--Sam Matson
  • Calculating Dinosaur Velocity--Sam Matson
  • Student Research Posters--Suki Smaglik
  • Florida River Project--Kim Hannula
  • Tectonic Geomorphology--Linda Reinen
  • Hydrogeology and Nitrate variation of the upper Onondaga Creek, Vesper, NY--Gayle Gleason
  • Water Quality--Rick Dunning
  • Optical and remote sensing equipment--Mark Boryta
  • Coastal Dunes of Lake Michigan--Deanna van Dijk
  • Mastodont Screenwash Exercise--David Vorhees
  • High Altitude Balloons at Central Lakes College (Acrobat (PDF) 2.2MB Aug22 14)--David Kobilka
  • Temperature Logger / GIS activity--Carsten Braun
  • Hydrogeology--Jennifer Hargrave
  • GIS Research Project--Eileen McGowan
  • Sediment Sampling--Marianne Caldwell
    Virtual Coastal Field Trip Website at USF
  • Well Monitoring--Cinzia Cervato

5:30 Road check and Daily Reflections Sub 233/235

6:00 Dinner--I-Ho's Korean Grill

7:00-8:30 Activity review session

Small groups will review: a) works in progress, to provide formative input (revision of ActivitySheets) or b) completed research projects, using the On the Cutting Edge Review Tool.

Tuesday, August 12

7:30 Continental Breakfast- Fruit, coffee, bagels, juice provided. Check out the Student Union for a full service breakfast.

8:00 Charge of the day

8:15-9:15 Panel II--"Best Practices" in Implementing Undergraduate Research; SUB 233/235

Moderator, Kathy Surpluss

Panel 2 Discussion

9:15-9:30 Break; Sub 233/235

9:30-10:45 Demonstrations IV (select one of the following; participatory lab work)

  • Undergraduate Research Using IRIS Resources (PowerPoint 5.5MB Aug12 14) -- John Taber and Michael Wysession; Gaines Hall 140
  • Economic Profile System--Human Dimensions Toolkit--Julia Haggerty and Dave Mogk; Gaines Hall 145

10:45-12:00 Demonstration V (short demonstrations; choose 2 for ~ 30 minute presentations each; switch half way through)

Related Resources:
Historical Earthquakes and Uplift/Subsidence of Sumatra from Coral Growth Rings - Introductory Version
Teaching activities using GeoMapApp

  • The Florida River Project (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.8MB Aug22 14)--Kim Hannula; Gaines Hall 145
  • Beach Profile--Becca Walker and Mark Boryta; Gaines Hall 147

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00 Field Research: Trip to Hyalite Creek and Reservoir to Collect Data in the Field

Leaders: Rick Dunning, Becca Walker, Jennifer Hargrave, Marianne Caldwell, Allison Beauregard; Jean Dixon; James Benes; Laurie Stahle; Tim Turnquist

  • instrumentation (eH, pH, electrical conductivity....)
  • stream gauging (gradient, cross section, discharge)
  • sediment analysis (cobble/pebble count on point bars; bed load; suspended sediments)
  • lake core analysis; secchi plates; nutrient and chlorophyll analysis

Wrap up discussion: What "works" in leading a field research project?

6:00 Barbecue at reservoir

Wednesday, August 13

7:30 Continental Breakfast- Fruit, coffee, bagels, juice provided. Check out the Student Union for a full service breakfast.

8:00-8:15 Charge of the day

8:15-9:30 Demonstrations VI (short demonstrations; choose 2 for ~ 30 minute presentations each; switch half way through)

9:30-10:00 Break

10:00-11:00 Panel 3 Evaluation of Undergraduate Research

Panelists: Dave Mogk, Cinzia Cervato (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 139kB Aug13 14), Kim Hannula (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 101kB Aug13 14); discussion and summary

  • Student Learning outcomes
  • Quality of data/products
  • Program Evaluation
  • Other benefits: affective, attitudes towards science, motivations, career choices
Panel Discussion Notes

11:00-12:00 Panel 4 Scale Up and Funding Undergraduate Research SUB 233/235

Panel Discussion and Table Groups

Discussion Leaders: Deb Woodall and Juk Bhattacharyya

Documents provided by Juk Bhattacharyya Research Skills Development for Students (Acrobat (PDF) 275kB Aug10 14) and Research Skills Development Defined by Researchers (Acrobat (PDF) 164kB Aug10 14)

Round table discussions in small groups to identify strategies and practices to a) provide access for ALL students to engage undergraduate research and b) secure institutional or external support for undergraduate research; What resources are "out there"? What resources do we need? Summary and report out. Whole Group Discussion to Brainstorm!

12:00-1:00 Lunch (Formation of Working Groups (TBD) Working lunch with small groups. Identify topics of interest to further develop web content, resources, activities, etc...... SUB 233/235

1:00-4:00 Working Group Time (space in SUB, classrooms....)

4:00-4:30 Personal Work Plan/Reflection Time (what am I going to do when I return to campus?)

4:30-5:30 Town Hall Meeting

  • Report outs from working groups: progress made, next steps (by whom, what and when)?
  • Next steps: AGU theme session, ....,
  • Workshop Evaluation

5:30 Shuttle Down Town for Dinner; on your own

Thursday, August 14 Optional Field Trip to Yellowstone

7:00 Pick up at Dorm; Pick up others at GranTree inn; continental breakfast (bagels, juice); Travel south on US 191 to West Yellowstone (1.5 hours, bathroom); in YNP stops at Fountain Paint Pots, Midway Geyser Basin, possibly Old Faithful, Norris Hot Springs; Mammoth Terraces; dinner and a soak at Chico Hot Springs. Return to Bozeman ca. 9:00 PM. It's a long day but well worth it.