Cuhel, R. H.. Great Lakes WATER Institute, rcuhel@uwm.edu
Aguilar, C. H.. Great Lakes WATER Institute, aguilar@uwm.edu

 
INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM PROJECTS: A 21ST CENTURY APPROACH TO RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR UNDERGRADUATES.
 
Environmental sciences are becoming increasingly broad in scope, interdisciplinary, and group-oriented. Tomorrow's scientists must be familiar with working in teams, often investigating aspects of a large system including components peripheral to or even outside of their specific areas of interest. The diversity can be either confusing or stimulating, depending largely upon previous training and academic experience. The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the UWM Center for Great Lakes Studies has initiated a trial effort to include large program experience for the majority of its fellows. Two interdisciplinary opportunities were undertaken by a total of 6 of our 11 REU students. These included multiple mentorship in geochemistry, chemistry, and several areas of biology, with teams of students and scientists up to 20 individuals. All students participated in introductory cruises, workshops, and laboratory training, after which team- and individually-mentored students engaged in their respective projects. Final presentations and exit surveys indicated that all students obtained a stimulating and enlightening experience. Team students additionally identified the large project as a positive factor in their summer internship. However, the mentors perceived greatly increased effort, enthusiasm, and concept assimilation/integration in some of the team students.
 
Day: Wednesday, Feb. 3
Time: 10:30 - 10:45am
Location: Eldorado Hotel
 
Code: SS53WE1030E