Full of Dirt: Undertaking an Over-the-Top Master's Thesis Project is Anything but Easy

View of the Yakima River and farm lands with a cloudy sky.

Since the inception of my master’s thesis many people have told me that it “embodies the MES interdisciplinary approach”.  At first, I filled with pride when someone gave me this compliment; something I dreamt up represented the MES synthesis of qualitative and quantitative analysis.  Almost two years later, with 17 trips to Yakima, endless hours of transcribing interviews by hand, smearing wet mud into foil-laden bowls, sieving hard-packed aggregates with brute force through a 2 mm sieve, packing 2 milligrams of soil (which is way smaller than you think) into teeny tiny tin vessels, pullin

A talk about text with literature faculty Steve Blakeslee

Steve Blakeslee

Steve Blakeslee ‘86 doesn’t get out much. He says he prefers to stay home and read, which he can do as he prepares for his autumn courses titled On Reading Well, and Writing and Speaking in the Workplace and Beyond. Blakeslee’s mindful leadership benefits many, from an immeasurable number of students to peer faculty.

The Chemistry of Living Systems

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This upper-division science program will develop and interrelate concepts in experimental (laboratory) organic chemistry and biochemistry. It will cover the chemistry material that is usually offered in Molecule to Organism and provide prerequisites for the following careers and graduate programs: medicine and other health sciences, biology and chemistry, veterinary medicine, etc. Throughout both quarters, we will integrate topics in both subjects to gain an understanding of the structure-property relationship of synthetic and natural organic compounds.

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Research Capstone in Psychology

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This program is designed to provide a capstone opportunity within psychology (or closely related social science disciplines such as sociology or cultural anthropology) to conduct independent research projects within a supportive intellectual environment of other researchers. Research projects may be inductive or deductive in their approach, and may utilize qualitative or quantitative methodology.

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