Undergraduate Research in Scientific Inquiry with E. Zita
Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 quarters
Rigorous quantitative and qualitative research is an important component of academic learning in Scientific Inquiry. Research opportunities allow science students to work on specific projects associated with faculty members’ expertise. Students typically begin by working in an apprenticeship model with faculty or laboratory staff and gradually take on more independent projects within the context of the specific research program as they gain experience. Students can develop vital skills in research design, data acquisition and interpretation, modeling and theoretical analysis, written and oral communication, collaboration and critical thinking. These are valuable skills for students pursuing a graduate degree or entering the job market.
EJ Zita (physics), who has expertise in energy physics, modeling and organic farming, is researching sustainability and climate change. Many students have done fine projects on sustainable energy and food production in her academic programs. Zita is working with Judy Cushing and Scott Morgan to establish a new research program at Evergreen. With Cushing, they will model land use impacts on climate change; with Morgan, they will plan and facilitate sustainability projects on campus. More information on Zita's research is available at http://220.127.116.11/z/zita/research.htm.
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day