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RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR TEACHERS

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR TEACHERS- APPALACHIAN HEADWATERS HEALTH

 

Environmental researchers at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky are jointly hosting a summer research experience focused on watershed health in the Appalachian headwaters of Kentucky.

 

Funded by the National Science Foundation, participants earn a $450 per week stipend, and housing (if needed) is provided on the UK campus in Lexington, KY.

 

Teacher researchers will learn the emerging technique of carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analysis to study biogeochemical cycles and their influence on ecosystem dynamics, carbon cycling and storage in soils and sediments in headwater streams, and the impacts of different surface coal mining methods on carbon budgets and erosion in forested and mined watersheds. With the end goal of improving your K-12 classroom instruction through carbon related curriculum development.

 

The program will include fieldwork centered at Lilley Cornett Woods in Letcher County--the first and largest preserved remnant of old-growth forest in eastern Kentucky. Participants will compare conditions in the forest preserve with other sites in and around Letcher, Perry, and Leslie Counties to examine how watersheds change in response to extraction and reclamation activities. The program will also include laboratory analysis, spatial and geotechnical analysis.

 

The program dates for 2010 are from Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, August 5.Given the winter weather conditions, arrangements can be made for teachers who are not available until later due to extended school calendars.  For the first 6 weeks, teachers work with the EKU and UK researchers and undergraduate participants.  For the last four weeks, teachers work independently on curriculum development with guidance from EKU College of Education faculty, Dr. Melinda Wilder.

 

Additional information and on-line application materials are available at http://www.eri.eku.edu/REU10/reu_ret.html or by e-mailing melinda.wilder@eku.edu

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION EXTENDED:  FEBRUARY 21, 2011

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