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Examples of Undergraduate Research Experiences

Here are examples of undergraduate research experiences that you can use as models for developing your own. Some of the pedagogical practices described in other parts of Starting Point can be developed as undergraduate research experiences as well. Others can be considered supporting structures for undergraduate research.

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Natural Disaster Risk at Home part of Examples
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
Earth System Topics: Human Dimensions:Natural Hazards, Solid Earth:Earth Materials:Rocks, Solid Earth:Volcanoes, Plate Tectonics, Oceans, Hydrology:Surface Water, Hydrology, Atmosphere:Weather, Surface Processes:Weathering, Erosion, Mass Wasting

Watershed Analysis part of Examples
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.

Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Ground Water:Water supply/water resource evaluation, Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water, Geoscience:Hydrology, Hydrology:Ground Water:Geology of groundwater occurrence, Water cycle/groundwater-surface water interface
Earth System Topics: Hydrology:Ground Water, Hydrology, Surface Water