P286: Impacts of research-based environmental projects in a second-year Analytical Chemistry course
One way to increase the real-world relevancy of course content is by incorporating environmental research-based experiences into the laboratory. In our efforts to increase relevancy and student motivation in our second-year analytical chemistry course, we have included field-based authentic research activities in our summer course that takes place on Beaver Island, MI at the CMU Biological Station. Students experience analytical chemistry in context and participate in research monitoring the quality of the island’s lakes and surrounding soils, and investigate potential impacts from industrial sites and buildings with lead-based paint. Student findings are of interest to the local residents and contribute to ongoing research projects conducted by faculty at the university. This presentation will discuss the most current lab implementation design and the recent evaluation results of the experience. Student responses were measured using pre- and post- surveys, and compared to those collected in previous summers and during the regular semester course.