Research experience for undergraduates: Assessing ecosystem health in the tidal Potomac River

Dann Sklarew, Amy Fowler, Kim de Mutsert

Session Information

Year: 2017 | Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm | Location: SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING & LEARNING (SoTL) LIGHTNING TALK & ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Johnson Center (Room D)

Abstract

BRIEF SESSION DESCRIPTION:

This session will discuss experiences from a 2017 undergraduate research project to present findings, lessons, and recommendatoins for developing successful undergraduate research expriences.

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FULL ABSTRACT: Over ten weeks in 2017, a multi-disciplinary team of eight undergraduate researchers pursued ecological research on the health of the Potomac River. Their mentors, faculty of the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, helped to direct these student scholars to develop effective research proposals, collect and analyze aquatic ecology data from the river, and present their research in written and oral formats. Pedagogical findings, lessons and recommendations from the experience are shared to inform prospective team research experiences for undergraduates in environmental health, sustainability, and related fields.

For more information about undergraduate research: https://stearnscenter.gmu.edu/teaching/experiential-learning

Keywords

active learning; active learning classrooms; learning spaces; STEM education; inquiry-based learning; experiential learning; student engagement; research experiences for undergraduates

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