URSA Engage Program 2013
Position Descriptions for Students to Apply For
Faculty Name & Department/School: Dr. Maria Dragila / Dept. Crop and Soil Science
Research Project Title: Protecting our Soil for Future Generations: A study of 6 agronomic practices
Students will measure the long term effect of 6 different agronomic practices on soil physical properties. They will go to the field site to collect soil samples and soil data, analyze these samples in the laboratory, generate Excel spread sheets with the data, generate graphs and evaluate the data. They will generate a project report delineating which practices had the best or worst effect on long term soil health. This project is an excellent opportunity to learn field and laboratory techniques in soil science and to obtain training of proper data handling and report generation.
What skills will students obtain in this project?
Student will learn proper field sampling techniques and the use of various field equipment (bulk density sampler, penetrometer, infiltrometer). Student will learn how to collect data on a field/laboratory notebook, how to upload data onto Excel, how to make Excel calculations, and how to generate and evaluate graphs. Student will learn how to prepare a technical report.
Student research tasks:
Period of work - Spring and Fall
Number of hours per week expected of student: 10
Preferred Faculty Contact Information: Maria.firstname.lastname@example.org
(note - applications are NOT sent to mentors - see instructions)
q Yes X No: Human Subjects
q Yes X No: Live Vertebrate Animals
q Yes X No: Recombinant DNA Molecules Transgenic Plants or Animal, and/or Infectious Agents of Plants, Animals, or Humans
q Yes X No: Ionizing Radiation
q Yes X No: Chemical Carcinogens
q Yes X No: Scuba Diving, Free Diving
q Yes X No: Small Boating Operations
If you are interested in applying for this position, you MUST complete the student application HERE and email it to Dr. Kevin Ahern at email@example.com
Do NOT email your application to the faculty mentor.