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Providing real-world experience of being a scientist

By Cliff McBride, University Communications and Marketing

The environmental field methods course at USF is designed to give aspiring scientists real-world experience collecting samples in the field and analyzing data in the lab.

Students in the class write scientific proposals, create experiments, conduct field and lab work, and then write a research paper based on their findings. The course helps to solidify student’s knowledge learned in lectures and labs while giving them a trial run of what it is like being a researcher.

In this video, students Ayslin Edwards and Leah Platt take us out to Fort De Soto Park as they collect water and soil samples in order to test and analyze the amount of nitrate found within.

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