This project explores natural light stable isotopes to investigate biological, chemical, environmental, and physical processes.
Light stable isotopes are widely used in forensic sciences (in the broadest sense) to determine habitats, biochemical processes, diets, the hydrological cycle, and climate change. The goal of this research is to use naturally occurring light stable isotopes to investigate biological, chemical, environmental, and physical processes.
This project will culminate in a written scientific report that may be submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed scientific journal. It can also culminate in a research poster presentation at a scientific conference.
|Length of commitment||longer than a semester; 6-9 months|
|Level of collaboration||Individual project, possible collaboration with a graduate student|
|Benefits||Academic Credit, Salary/Stipend, Volunteer|
|Who is eligible||Students with strong communication and organizational skills, interest in geology, chemistry, biology, and/or forensic science, interest in working in a chemistry lab|
Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.