goal of this project is to carry out an (approximately) semester-long study
in an area related to one of the themes of the workshop.
example, you might wish to investigate the effects of ozone in your vicinity.
You might hypothesize that tree damage you’ve seen in a ravine to the
east of town is caused by ozone. Perhaps pollution from traffic on the major
roads in town often collects in that area. You might study the trees themselves
to determine whether the damage is characteristic of ozone damage and compare
these trees to trees in surrounding areas where there is less damage. You might
carry out a series of measurements in this region and neighboring regions on
a variety of dates to determine if the ozone levels are indeed higher there.
This might include students helping you to carry out simultaneous measurements
in several locations. You would record and report on any differences in other
variables that might affect the plants. After making measurements on a series
of dates and under a range of different weather conditions, you would write
up your results with a description of similarities and differences from your
initial hypothesis, as well as summarizing the existing ideas about your subject
project should incorporate all of the following elements:
data over more than a month or over a large geographic region
clear description of your experimental design, including a set of controls
out measurements and recording them in an electronic spreadsheet
presentation of your measurements to illustrate relationships between variables
and measured data
literature review of existing knowledge about the subject of your study (this
should make up about a third of the final report)
possible, inclusion of your students or class in some aspect of your project.
of every phase of the project
initial hypothesis should be about some aspect of the Earth or earth systems
of personal interest to you which is subject to experiments you might be able
one-page project proposal of your hypothesis and explanation of the
experiment you plan to perform must be emailed to HOLLY at email@example.com
by October 1st. The staff will review this and get back to you about
a plan of completion. A staff member will be assigned to oversee your progress.
proposals received after October 1st will not be considered for
this extra credit option.
reports on progress on the project must be emailed at least monthly,
including copies of data files collected to date, to the staff member assigned
credit, you must register by the deadline of all UMass spring courses.
We will send you this information later, once your project has been approved.
your completed report and all accompanying documents to STEM Earth Central,
c/o Morton Sternheim, Hasbrouck 229 University
of Massachusetts, Amherst,
MA 01003 by May 1st,